PAAJAF’’S is still in need of an office to help deliver our programmes. The over-riding problem is that the organisation does not have premises of it own and is operating out of a rooms at a local Church and local school (Adult Literacy Classes and Children Networking). A lack of space is the main barrier to on-going development. PAAJAF should be able to rent premises, however the long term objective is to raise funds for purpose built premises. There are several reasons for this.
1) All PAAJAF’s initiatives currently delivered and those planned are interrelated and it is planned that individuals will progress from one programme onto another and may well be a participant on one or more initiative and a volunteer on another. To achieve this continuum it would be preferable to organize PAAJAF’S activities under one roof.
2) Appropriate facilities in Gbawe are almost nonexistent. The rapid expansion of the city has resulted in unplanned peri-urban neighbourhoods with minimal infrastructure and temporary / makeshift buildings. However, it is possible to acquire land and to plan a building over time; with proper planning it would incorporate all the basic facilities including potable water, sewage and proper sanitation and a reliable connection to utilities and communications networks.
3) Security: The learning programme, particularly for children, youth and young adults will utilise the internet as much as possible. Mobile phones have changed the face of communication and small business management in West Africa over the past five years; the Internet is likely to achieve similar changes. Contact with the outside world and the new horizons that this opens are more likely to be achieved by young people through the Internet than through newspapers and T.V. which their individual families cannot afford.
Not only will participants acquire new skills that are much needed in the current employment market it will be possible to use on-line materials (learning resources are very expensive in Ghana) and on-line learning. Computers are a very scarce resource in Gbawe and when procured they need to be in a secure environment.
4) Hope is a scarce resource in Gbawe; having access to adequate facilities for the first time in their lives will inspire both young and adult to reach their full potential.
Your support is much appreciable and helps to put a smile in the faces of underprivileged children, youth and women.