Dear Meet Kate Family,
I hope you are all well! The sun has been making an appearance here over the past few weeks and we hope that wherever you are, you have also caught a glimpse of it. Greetings and warmth from us all at the Meet Kate Foundation!
Its that time of the year again!
With the sun come exams. Did you know that the board members of Meet Kate UK are all students? We know about the hard work and stress that can come with exam season and the feeling of freedom when it finally ends. It means that we empathise wholeheartedly with our scholarship students in Ghana who are going through exactly the same thing. We hope you are joining us in sending them all of the luck and love we can. They have been working hard all year though and we believe in them! We’ll keep you updated on how they are doing.
We believe in Girls.
Sunday 8th March was international women’s day and we joined with Global Giving UK in their campaign to raise awareness of all the amazing projects around the world who work with girls. They donated £1 to Meet Kate Foundation for every person who donated their time on Global Giving Time to help a project. I shared Mavis’s story. Take a look to understand why at Meet Kate, we also believe in girls! We are so grateful to everyone who donated their time to some of the amazing charities. With new projects being posted every day, its not too late to make a difference to an organization.
A night of culture
The African Caribbean Society in Plymouth University put on a charity culture show earlier this year, and we were honoured to be one of the charities they raised money for. The night was full of fantastic acts, great company and delicious food. It ended with a stunning fashion show and of course, we were there to highlight the positive image of Africa and to talk about the work that we do in Ghana. We would like to say a huge thank you to ACS for the donation that they made to us from that night. We really appreciate you choosing us and we hope that we can continue to work with you in the future.
Do you have a question about what we do? Or just something you want to say? We always love hearing from you. Drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time.
Hi lovely followers!
I recently came back from Ghana and I am so happy to report to you that, our team in Ghana remains phenomenal, (not that we doubted them for one second). Our vision has always been for Meet Kate in Ghana to be self-reliant, independent of support from the west and we are so excited that we are getting closer to that becoming a realisation.
The children and young people we support are at the centre of the work that we do and when I arrive at Meet Kate in Ghana, this is immediately obvious to me. I should be used to it by now, but it never fails to warm my heart. It is always so good to see the children. They grow so quickly, and their energy is infectious.
The people I was really interested in though were the scholarship students, because as you know, they are Meet Kate UK’s focus. And we now have our first group of Alumni! Many of them were home with their families after a long, seemingly endless exam period. But I did get to catch up with Philip, who lives in the Meet Kate Children’s home. We took a walk together and he filled me in on what was happening in his life after exams.
Phillip is a charming, kind young man and acts like an older brother to all the kids in our home. He takes this role very seriously and we are very proud of the hard work he put into his final year. We trust him completely and to show him that we believe in his dream, we have now employed him in a small role at Meet Kate. With your help, he majored in business studies in Senior High School and wants to be an accountant.
Of course we already have a regular accountant, but we have now given Philip a small role where he keeps check on the accounts and reports to our accountant, who also mentors him on the side. We are sure that this is just the start of great things to come for Philip and we are so excited to be a part of his journey.
It was just one year ago that we took the GlobalGiving UK challenge to raise £2000 in one month and with your help we were able to raise more than that. Where has the year gone? As Christmas comes round again, we hope you will remember us as you do your Christmas shopping. Why not make a donation to us on behalf of someone else? It will be a nice present for them and definitely for us too!
We hope you are enjoying the last few days of autumn as winter begins to creep in. Surround yourself in warmth and love and thank you once again for being our friend.
Till next time
Dear Meet Kate family,
It’s been a while, but I’m delighted to bring you an update of what is going on with us. I love what I do, and sometimes a never-ending list of things requiring your attention is simply a part of life. Last month, in the middle of a busy time, I got a message from one of our beneficiaries.
“Hi auntie Naa” it reads, “We are all taking our final exams”
“I know you guys are working hard, we are all so proud of you” I reply
“Yes auntie Naa we know it, and we are also proud of you for what you have done for us.”
It was one of those moments that stops you in your tracks. There are a lot of words I can think of, if I consider how I would feel towards an organization sponsoring me through school. Words like gratitude and elation come to mind. That he is proud of us though, I think is quite special.
Cast your mind back to a time when someone was proud of you dear followers. Perhaps the time your teacher praised you for colouring within the lines of a picture. That feeling of being on top of the world, reassured that you are doing something right, filled with zeal anew to continue what you are doing. That feeling came rushing in, in that moment of stillness.
Very soon, we will have our very first Meet Kate goes to school Alumni. We can’t tell you how proud we are of these 7 students! They met with our board in Ghana recently to discuss the way forward. Some of them will start working to save up for university, some of them will start vocational courses and others will start apprenticeships. They are amazing young people and we are so honored to have been part of their journey so far. They are now in a better position to achieve their dreams and change their world. We know that when they look at their world, they don’t just see themselves but they also see the needs of those around them, ready to help when they can. These are the values that are important to us at Meet Kate.
In the UK we have also been busy raising awareness of the work we do in Ghana. Recently, we were at the Respect Festival in Exeter celebrating diversity and the UK board was also excited to welcome the chair of our Dutch board Myrthe, who came to visit us for a few days. The Meet Kate family is international, but we are cut from the same cloth; working together to promote sustainable development, the impact of which we hope will last even when we are gone!
Over the next year, I will bring you updates of our alumni and where they are all heading, as well as updates on our current students.
Till next time!
We are very excited at Meet Kate this spring! 7 of our students will be taking their final year exams in a few months and we couldn’t be prouder of them. They are an amazing, inspirational group of young people and we are so humbled that we get the opportunity to be a part of their journey. They have worked hard over the past three years and will be the first set to graduate with “Meet Kate Goes To School” scholarship program.
I want to share with you a day in one of their shoes. We offer them boarding as part of their scholarship because their schools are often too far from home to commute everyday, and often, they would still be expected to contribute financially to their homes. For Ebenezer, a day starts at 4 am when he gets up to study. The morning bell goes at 5 am, but he likes to wake up early to study before the beginning of the day. When the bell goes, he joins the rest of the students in sweeping their rooms and doing their laundry before breakfast is served. Then its time for school: maths, english, science and business buzzes around his head until 2pm, when the bell rings signaling the end of the day. Then its free time to relax and socialize before evening chores as the sun goes down. Dinner is served, then everyone goes back to class for homework and extra study time. Just time to squeeze in some extra socializing if he can before lights out at 10pm. Sometimes, Ebenezer stays up late to read up on a new subject he came across that day, and may buy a snack to keep him going with the pocket money that Meet Kate provides as part of his scholarship.
Chatting with them, its evident that they love what they do and to see the way the scholarship has changed their lives reminds me of how important it is that we keep going. We are constantly looking for ways to improve what we do for them and the students are always eager to help us make things better for new students. They feel privileged to be there and their selfless attitude is one we can all learn from.
We wish them the best of luck with their upcoming exams and with your continued support, look forward to supporting more people like them.
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