Helen at GlobalGiving visits Vera (Aug 2013)
We have lots of exciting news for you! From your amazing support we are happy to give you a progress update covering June – September 2013 about the bright and hopeful scholarship students living in our community in Gbawe.
First, with your direct support to the Underprivileged Children in Ghana project, 4 children out of 24 children are receiving a HELPING HAND with their school fees and home feeding, namely, Erica, Nidaar, Lauren and Vera. These children are in special need of help due their impoverished situation and home-life where they are dependent on very low income family members, earning a meagre $2 a day.
We are pleased to report the 4 children are FULLY SETTLED in their schools. With YOUR generous help the full school fees for Erica, Nidaar and part-payment of fees for Lauren are settled and food supplies have been provided to Vera's single mother Grace to take care of Vera. Vera's mother Grace is so grateful for the help given her daughter eventhough she is a local teacher and says she cannot afford the school fees and food costs together, so this has made a huge difference in Vera's life.
Second, schools have just re-opened in September and we are very EXCITED because of generous donors at GlobalGiving and support from GlobalGiving through their newsletter. Gilbert is receiving support towards his dream to go to University . Gilbert is a determined and motivated young man who has endured great hardships after his father passed away. Thanks to YOU, through his GlobalGiving microproject, Gilbert is receiving support towards his tuiton costs and lodging so he can go to Cape Coast University and become an accountant.
Mary, age 7 and her mother and sister, send a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to AMAZING and generous donors that are supporting her educational needs. For some time, Mary was not able to attend school because her mother, an Okro seller, did not have sufficient money to send Mary. Now, with your kind and enthusiastic support, Mary is now able to attend school for a WHOLE YEAR, at Mercy Schools Complex in Class 1. We will keep you updated with her progress!
You are giving the children not just a one-off item that can be used and forgotten but an incredible gift to receive an education to learn how to read, write and do math so that their lives will not be solely dependent on donations or from somewhere else in future but would be able to learn for themselves and able to teach their generations.
Thirdly, our volunteers also organised a walking fundraiser in September and raised $70 towards the project! We thank you all for your energy and committment! All the children have gone back to school but schools are not yet paid. We continually look for support for the 20 children featured on PAAJAF's website so that they may have the opprtunities to attend school. http://www.paajaf.org/fundraisers/
Finally, we are also looking for talented and motivated people to be online, on-site volunteers and ambassadors. If you are interested in any of this, you can find application form on our website. http://www.paajaf.org/get-involved/
We count it as a great privilege to have you on board, without you we cannot achieve as much as we have! PAAJAF is still in existence due to your donations of time and money and we are pleased to be accountable to you dearly for what we have been doing.We were very happy to receive a visit from helen at GlobalGiving who gave us lots of good ideas and support and look forward to meeting again in future!
Mary is very happy to receive scholarship help
Erica attends Empet Academy