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Primary Education in Ghana

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Primary Education in Ghana
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Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
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Primary Education in Ghana
Primary Education in Ghana
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Primary Education in Ghana
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English Class
English Class

Alex, the fifty-something, volunteer teacher for the Pajaaf Foundation, wrote on the board: When to use “has” vs. “have”? What is the difference between “pit” and“pet”? Make sure you can pronounce your “ar” sounds…car, star, bar…etc. About twenty students sit in groups ordered by their English proficiency. Alex goes around and addresses each group, helping pupils (ages eight to mid-forties) complete the appropriate assignments. While they work Alex stands at the front of the class the conductor of a beautiful cacophony of English.

The students that benefit from the Pajaaf Foundation’s English classes commit to attending classes three nights a week(Mon, Wen, and Fri). The Pajaaf Foundation rents the schoolroom, the English lessons are free and open to whoever would like to attend, and all teachers are volunteers. The Foundation has been offering these classes for three years to over 65 pupils; one can sense the camaraderie in the room that has developed over years of traversing the complex English language.

Alexis and I talked with Hannah and Madam Dina, two ladies that have been learning English from the Pajaaf Foundation for two years. Both wanted to learn English so that they could be more competitive in the job market. They were shy at first, but after a few minutes they were speaking splendid intermediate English. Hannah who looks like she is in her mid-twenties sells tea, and Madam Dina hopes to open her own business as well as one day visit her brother in England.

The Pajaaf Foundation also gives scholarships to vulnerable children for them to attend private school (school with under 50 students per class). We met two of the four children who the Pajaaf Foundation currently support. In this post I will introduce Josilene. She is an orphan; and lives with her aunt who has four children besides her. Josilene has a mischievous smile, which is even more adorable since she is missing her two front teeth. She kept poking me while I was sitting at the desk and then running to hide. I believe she is only five or six years old, and can already say many simple English phrases. It is important to see the community taking care of its orphans.

Both Alexis and I strongly endorse the Pajaaf Foundation. Philip, the Ghanaian co-founder we met, was inspired to start the foundation because he had to work three jobs to support his own way through school. When he got out of school he wanted to reinvest in his community and give children and adults the opportunity that he never had – a free, quality education. The Pajaaf Foundation is grassroots development at its best, an individual who sees their community in need, and then takes it upon them self to help meet the community’s needs. If you are looking to invest in a worthy grassroots organization with little to no overhead expense, look no further.

Lorraine and four other In-the-Field Travelers are currently in Ghana before they are making their way to Mali and Burkina Faso. They'll be visiting more than 30 GlobalGiving projects in the next month. Follow their adventures at http://itfwa.wordpress.com/.

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Dear Friends of Paajaf,

Once again, we here at Paajaf would like to thank you all for your generous contribution towards Paajaf Project. We would like to update you about the development and differences your donation has brought into the lives of underprivileged children and women here at Gbawe in Ghana.

As per our audited financial report and statements reported, last year 2009 and at the beginning of the year 2010, Paajaf was operating with a negative balance of GH¢ 63.17 ($43.59). When we had no hope and you came in to support the foundation to reach the children we intend to serve. We here are accountable to you and once again much grateful to you all for the care and concern demonstrated.

We have been able to pay the school fees for all the four kids we are sponsoring through education and settled all the salary arrears for our adult literacy education facilitators, we are much grateful to you again for this support . The total of school fees paid for the four children amounted GH¢ 202.00 representing USD $ 144.29 with the exchange rate of GH¢ 1.40 for January to this month April 2010 including an arrears of $50.00 making it $194.29 USD. Facilitators’ salary also amount $ 350.00 USD including arrears of $ 150.

We reported to you that the foundation wanted to setup a Thrift Store (Used Women and Children Clothing Store) in Gbawe community to serve as a mean to sustain our projects. We are much grateful to Leabo Vang, a volunteer in United States, who worked tirelessly to collect and shipped one box of women clothing to us. Leabo is still working on this volunteer project to collect and ship children and women used clothing to Paajaf. Apart from cash donation, Paajaf welcomes In-kind donations and our doors are opened to all who want to do the same. Paajaf is an inclusive enterprise and together we can make a big difference.

Our Challenges- among our challenges, the following are very urgent needs and we are appealing to the general public to come to our aid to reach the underprivileged children at Gbawe in Ghana.

1.Fund to pay the children school fees for the next term - which starts from May to July ending 2010.

2.Salaries for the teachers and project administrative staff

3.Fund to ship children and women used clothing and used goods (Paajaf has identified an organization who wanted to help but we have requested to $7000 USD for the shipping the goods to Ghana - We are in need of sponsors and donors.)

4.Lack of children used clothing and used goods for our Thrift Store

Other challenges include:

1.Sponsorship or partnership is needed for full implementation of the scholarship school project

2.Fund to buy plot of Land for putting up the building to accommodate the children or rent premises

Strategy

1.Creation of a Used Clothing and Small Household Goods Shop

2.Setting up Used Clothing and Small Household Goods Shop Run and Operated by youth and Women

3. Only using proceeds to provide scholarship and education for more underprivileged children

We the photos attached are the children Paajaf is sponsoring. You can also see them at our website: www.paajaf.org. Would you please, fill free to post our comment about this report and our project - Paajaf is inclusive enterprise and we accept and value all inputs.

Many, many thanks once again, for you support, care and concern.

Respectfully,

Philip Appiah

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Dear Friends of Paajaf,

It is honour for me to present to you the update of the project you donated to. Your participation to learn about the betterment, happiness and fulfilling lives for orphans, underprivileged and undeserved children in Ghana and in Gbawe community has brought many life changing in their lives.

We are much grateful to you all for the continues support to Paajaf Foundation on our Project to provide aid to underprivileged and undeserved children in Ghana and in Gbawe. Paajaf seek to maintain fairness, accountability and high rate of integrity in operations. Due to this, I write hereby to present to you an audited report of operations as at June 30 2009. Please, read the attach document. The foundation operated at income loss of $48.59 USD. We projected to acquire plot of land to build scholarship school for underprivileged children but the foundation was unable due to the hard hit and recent reduce funding. Four kids as we reported in the financial report. We have been able to settle three of them school for September to December 2009. One outstanding fee to be paid is $50.00 due to the lack of funding. Our Adult Literacy Education which has brought many positive impact and life changing on their families and also on many kids in our community has been put on hold since there is no fund to pay the facilitators salary. An amount of $150.00 is in arrears as facilitators salaries.

OUR CHALLENGES

1. Fund to support the children in next year 2010

2. Salaries for the teachers and project administrative staff

3. Sponsorship or partnership is needed for full implementation of the scholarship school project

4. Fund to buy plot of Land for putting up the building to accommodate the children or rent premises

5. Fund to ship children used clothing and used goods

6. Lack of children used clothing and used goods for our Thrift Store

STRATEGY FOR THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROJECT

1. Creation of a Used Clothing and Small Household Goods Shop

2. Setting up Used Clothing and Small Household Goods Shop Run and Operated by youth and Women

3. Only using proceeds to provide scholarship and education for more underprivileged children

OUR URGENT NEEDS

1. Help with shipment cost of used goods from United States and other countries to Ghana for our Thrift store to sustain the project.

2. Used clothing and small household goods for needy people of all ages

Once again we are much grateful without your help nothing could be done.

Sincerely,

Philip Appiah


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Sheila Leonard is an intern at GlobalGiving. This summer she traveled throughout West Africa and visited a number of GlobalGiving projects. On June 15th she visited "Help Orphans & Other Vulnerable Children in Ghana." When asked what she would tell her friends about this project, Sheila said: "Incredible: You need to see this!"

"On Monday, June 15 I visited an Adult English Education class in a small suburb of Accra, Ghana. Often on my site visits I am presented to the beneficiaries with immense grandeur and respect. Since classes had already started, he ushered me to a seat and I observed the twenty student English language class. After a few photos and awkward looks from the young children, offering to help and the project leader Philip shot me an incredibly thankful smile. I listened to an intermediate level student on her reading and pronunciation of workbook stores. About four levels of English were being taught in one classroom. As a former ESL teacher, watching people diligently learn the language of the 'first' world always brings tears to my eyes. The students were so eager and diligent with their work, but switched off laughing and chiding each other for mixed up words or forgotten tenses. The teachers were friendly but firm, and clearly saw the two hours as devoted solely to education and work. This too was a refreshing outlook on time for those of us accustomed to intense scheduling and efficiency. Paajaf took education and their students’ time very seriously and worked to maximize the benefit for students young and old in the one classroom with multiple teachers, workbooks, and studies happening simultaneously. After class, Paajaf presented me with a beautiful kente clothed, with the words 'Thank you Sheila Leonard from the Paajaf Foundation' sewn into it. After a month of long bus rides, people begging for money, harassment on the streets, heat, and sometimes unbearable hotel conditions, I nearly cried from this sweet gift and their pride. We all shook hands, took pictures, and as darkness settled in, Philip and five children from the classes walked me to the 'trotro' or bus back to Accra. It was my third to last day in Ghana and for the first time, I really didn’t want to go home.

"The best thing about Paajaf Foundation was their ability to work with their beneficiaries’ needs. The sun sets at 6pm the lack of electricity prevents teaching after six. However, many of the students work until 4 or 5 and can’t get to school until 6. Paajaf recently negotiated another classroom from a local church and began classes that immediate Wednesday from 6-8. I rarely saw results that quickly in West Africa (or at home for that matter!!).

"I was incredibly impressed with this organization and urge you to donate, or comment if you want to hear more. Phillip, thank you for your hospitality!"

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Dear PAAJAF Donors,

On behalf of the PAAJAF Foundation I would like to inform you that the Accountability Report regarding the funds received during the Global Giving April 2009 Challenge is now ready. We would also like to underline that our strivings to improve the lives of underprivileged children and women are constant and that you will be well-informed with regards to every development that follows.

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Paajaf Foundation

Location: Mallam-Accra, Greater Accra - Ghana
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Project Leader:
Philip Appiah
Founder
Mallam-Accra, Ghana

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