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Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana

by Meet Kate Foundation
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana
Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana

Update Meet Kate NL & Ghana: moving towards our final goal 

First of all, great to see you’re still with us! Thanks for your loyal support of the Meet Kate Foundation. You are very important to us. So it’s about time you heard from us again. In this newsletter we would like to tell you what we’ve been up to, both in Ghana as in The Netherlands, and what stage the Meet Kate Foundation is in.
 
Meet Kate has always had a clear vision on effective developmental work. We are convinced that good intentions and charitable feelings aren’t enough to effectuate long term changes. Preferring equal instead of dependent relationships, gives us the opportunity to work on the future together. In 2007, this lead to the idea of supporting local people in realizing their dreams and helping them stand on their own feet after the project was realized. Over the coming period, we will work towards full self-sufficiency and ownership for Meet Kate Ghana. This also means that in some time, Meet Kate NL and UK will no longer be active as foundations. We hope we’ll be able to look back and say: we did it! We have built up beautiful projects, we have witnessed our MK-children grow up and we saw our school becoming a well-respected school in the region.
 
Now that this step is coming closer, the Ghanaian board are taking over more and more responsibilities from the Dutch board, making the Dutch board less active in decision making, budgeting and planning. Exactly how we believe it’s supposed to be in the development of a self-sufficient project, not supported by Western help.
 
This also means we’re slowly decreasing the financial aid. For now, we will continue to pay for (part of) the exploitation costs, but with a steady decrease in amount every six months. We will also continue payments on the Teach-the-Teacher-project (with which our teachers receive a 3-year part-time education to improve their skills) and a large amount of the children’s school tuition. So your donations are still much needed and well-spent. We will keep you posted on the steps and decisions we are taking towards total independence.
 
 
Not only our projects and foundation have grown, our team has continued to develop as well. It is over 9 years ago that Muriel and Kelly first set foot on Ghanaian ground. And even though working for Meet Kate is not taking up a prominent place in our lives anymore, it has meant the world to us. Muriel is now working in a forensic psychiatric policlinic in Amsterdam and is doing a postdoc education, Kelly is married and is living in Ghana, where she works for an NGO that promotes sexual and reproductive health in youth. Our treasurer Nienke became a mom and is working in the developmental sector and Myrthe discovered she want to use entrepeneurship to help make young adults more self-reliant in this fast-changing world. Kiymet is also heading towards a bright future no that she has finished her Master’s Degree in International Development Studies. Ten years ago none of us could have imagined where we’d be right now.
 
Who knows what the future will bring. What we do know, is that we will do our best to hand successfully hand over our beloved Meet Kate Foundation to the Ghanaian board. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. We couldn’t have done it without your support! So thank you, very much. If you have any questions about the path we’re taking, please send us an e-mail at info@meetkate.nl. We would love to hear from you!
 
 
In the picture you see five of our oldest girls from the Meet Kate Children’s Home during a sleepover party at Kelly’s place in Accra
 
In Ghana, a lot has happened too over the past few months. Due to a big orphanage scandal in Ghana, Social Welfare decided to shut down all the orphanages and children’s homes in the country. On August 17, 2015, Meet Kate also received a letter to close its Children’s Home.
 
Thanks to our close collaboration with Social Welfare, we already suspected what was coming. Partly due to these developments, the Ghanaian board decided to start off into a new direction and focus more on our school (Meet Kate Academy). A large part of the children from the Meet Kate Children’s Home have been placed back with their families. We still pay for their school and lunch money and they are welcome for breakfast and dinner every day. But from now on, most children no longer sleep at the Children’s Home. This means that over the past 5 years, we took care of over 20 children and successfully placed them back with their families. This is an amazing accomplishment which fills us with pride and joy.  
 
At this stage, there are still 13 children living at the Children’s Home. These are orphans or children whose families live too far away for them to commute. We will register these children as boarding students and sponsor their school fees and boarding costs. This means that the Meet Kate Children’s Home will officially close its doors as a children’s home. We will focus fully on our educational projects, with a special interest in helping children whose parents are unable to pay for school fees.
 
Reaching the end for Meet Kate NL and UK will definitely not mean the end of Meet Kate Ghana. We will continue our projects and remain committed to helping children in the region. The Ghanaian board is very thankful for all the help, donations and support from the Netherlands and the UK over the past years. We will keep you posted on our work and we hope you will continue to support us until we reach the joint decision that we’ve reached our goal!
 
Kind regards,
 
Myrthe Oostenbach 
Muriel Koch
Nienke Mauritz
Kiymet Schipper 

 

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It's been a while since you last heard from us. But in this case, no news is good news.
Meet Kate has always had a clear vision on development work and how it is most effective. We believe that good intentions or nice gestures simply aren’t enough to make long term changes. By focusing on equal relationships instead of dependent ones, we can truly make a difference whilst working towards a positive future. Our idea has always been to help local people start up their dream, supply the means necessary to make the changes they want and then to back off.

Now we have reached the point where we have walk the talk. This means that over the past few months, the board of Meet Kate Ghana has taken over more of the responsibilities. The Dutch board is less involved in decision making, budgeting and planning. Which is exactly how we like it. It has been our goal from the start, to slowly let go of what we helped build up, to create something not reliant on Western help but is fully self-reliable and self-sufficient. And we are absolutely confident the Ghanaian board and staff will make that dream come true. 
          
                     
In February, it was exactly 9 years ago since Muriel and Kelly set foot in Ghana for the very first time. Almost a decade later a lot has changed. Meet Kate is a full grown organization, little Kate is now a young lady in high school, Muriel works and lives in Amsterdam and Kelly got married and has settled permanently in Ghana.
 
                       
The children at the Meet Kate Children’s Home grow up so fast. Recently, Kelly invited the five oldest girls for a sleep over in Accra. On the left, you see the beautiful young lady Kate turned into.
 
Who knows what the future will bring, for the foundation, the founders and the children that benefit from our work. All we know is that we are very proud of what we have accomplished so far. And that we couldn’t have done it without your support. We are very grateful for that. Thank you.
 
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Kelly, Kiymet, Myrthe and Jet visting the Meet Kate Children's Home (December 2014)
 

Dear follower,

We hope you had a great start to the new year and we wish you a lot of luck, love and adventures. 
At Meet Kate, we had a wonderful end of the year 2014. Board member Kiymet Schipper and chair of the board Myrthe Oostenbach went to Ghana for two special reasons. To visit Meet Kate's project, but first and foremost, to attend founder and director Kelly de Vries' wedding. On Decemer 20th she married Maxwell Asempapa Adosu, it was a wonderful day.
 
It has been quite some time since you last heard from us. In this news letter we will tell you why that is.
 
Kind regards,
Meet Kate Ghana, UK & Netherlands

 

 JUST MARRIED! 
 
On December 20th Kelly de Vries married her love Maxwell Asempapa Adosu. Of course, Meet Kate couldn't miss out on this special day. All our employees and the kids from the MKCH came with a big bus from Ekwamkrom to the capital Accra, to join in the festivities. After the ceremony Kelly and Maxwell were surprised with a fantastic musical performance.  
 
 

 

 OUR PROJECTS IN 2014 
 
2014 was all about maintenance. The Meet Kate Foundation has spent the first couple of years starting up and expanding new projects. However, now was the time to strengthen the projects we had, so in the future they are strong enough to manage on their own. This development made our online communication a little less frequent, but that doesn't mean there is nothing going on behind the scenes.  
 
Maintenance consisted of  putting up a new fence around the Meet Kate Children's Home and putting a little shed over our outdoor kitchen. Furthermore, the teachers of the Meet Kate Academy arranged new uniforms. We also hired an expert for our poultry farm, since we are having trouble generating profits due to the high costs of the food and absence of subsidies for that. But we are not giving up hope just yet! 
     
 

 

 OUR COURSE FOR 2015 
 
Since the foundation of Meet Kate (2006), education has been one of our most important pillars. Even now, with our focus on sustainability and self-reliance, education still plays a big role in our foundation. 
 
TEACH THE TEACHERS
The project we're starting up in 2015 is therefore called Teach the Teachers. This project gives our teachers the opportunity to get a professional education. The 3-year program is expensive for new teachers, but it offers great perspective after finishing it. We see a lot of potential in our teachers and we are convinced the course will bring more quality to our educational program. Thanks to fantastic donations by Foundation KenD, ZijActief & ZLTO and the Lionsclub in Voorburg, we can offer our motivated teachers a scholarship. So far, seven of our teachers and one accountant have applied for the project, of which the admission will be this month.
 
  
 
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Our high school students are doing very well! After exams Kelly was called by one of our Senior High School students: the results were in and Benjamin had passed his exams! His grades were even high enough to enter university. Unfortunately, we are unable to give our students a university scholarship, but we hope that through hard work and perhaps a sponsor, they can get the future they want.
Since this project is still fully funded by foreign sponsors - and is not able to run independently - we will not admit any more students after this year.
 
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As Meet Kate values transparancy and an interactive relationship with its donors and followers, we'd like to give you the opportunity to ask questions about our work and projects. Are you curious to how a general day of our employees looks like? Or do you wonder how it is to them to work with a Western NGO? Or maybe you'd like to know how the students of the 'Meet Kate is going to School'-scholarships are doing. We would be happy to share it with you.

In two weeks time, the second half of December, Kiymet and Myrthe (two members of the Dutch board) will visit Ghana and the projects of the Meet Kate Foundation. They are wiling to answer any question, so don't hesitate to send them a message (info@meetkate.nl) with anything you would like to know! We'd love to hear from you. 

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Dear sponsor,
Meet Kate's first project, the Meet Kate Children's Home, opened its doors in August 2010. Now, almost four years later, this Children's Home is truly a home. A place where over twenty children are living, children whose families are unable to care for them. The temporary purpose of this shelter is becoming more and more evident. In this news letter we tell you about our dynamic family, where some are coming and some are going. 
 
Dear reader, we are very happy to have you as part of our family! 
 
Kind regards,
 
Myrthe Oostenbach
Chair of Meet Kate Foundation
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NEWS FROM GHANA 
 
MEET KATE CHILDREN'S HOME
 
Meet Kate´s children are doing very well! They are doing very well in school as well. Over the past six months, some things have changed. Together with Social Welfare, we were able to place several children back with their families. Some are still going to the Meet Kate Academy, others have also moved to another city, like Majid, Kelvin and Ciara. Rebecca, AB, Bright and Bernard are sleeping at home, but we still see them daily when they come to our school. It is amazing that these children are back with their families, but it is always sad to say goodbye to someone who feels like family to us too. 

We also have welcomed three children into our Children's Home: brother and sister, Patience and John (picture), and Rudolf. Welcome to all three!

MEET KATE ACADEMY
The Meet Kate Academy is also doing great! All classes are full (30 children per class) and we are very busy planning for next schoolyear. Starting September, we will expand to class 6 (up till now we have had Kindergarten up to class 5). We will prepare for the extra class this summer, buying school supplies and getting furnuture. 
 
POULTRY FARM
Every month, director Kelly gets a box of fresh eggs from our poultry farm. These eggs really do taste a lot better and fresher than the eggs from the supermarket! And a lot of them are double yolk eggs too! By now, the poultry farm is financially sustaining itself and is starting to make profit. However, due to raining season, the chickens are laying a bit less eggs. Hopefully the weather will pick up soon. 
 
MEET KATE IS GOING TO SCHOOL
It has been a rough several months for the scholarship program. Unfortunately, the mentor of the scholarship program was financially unreliable and we have had to fire him because of that. Luckily, this has had no effect on our graduating students. They have all taken their exams and hopefully their grades will come soon. Very exciting! We will keep you posted. 
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 FANCY FAIR AT PRIMARY SCHOOL "DE DUIF" 
 
June 20th was all about the theme "Africa", at primary school "De Duif" in Heiloo, complete with games, dancing to Azonto-music, Ghanaian snacks and awards. They raised no less than 1500 euros for Meet Kate. What a fantastic donation! We will use this donation to buy furniture for our extra classes at the Meet Kate Academy. 

We would like to thank the students and employees at De Duif, and especially Annabelle van der Spek for her effort and enthusiasm! Amazing!
 
Patience and John, new @ Meet Kate
Patience and John, new @ Meet Kate
Meet Kate Academy, some students prefer sleeping
Meet Kate Academy, some students prefer sleeping
poultry farm
poultry farm
Fancy fair
Fancy fair
 

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Meet Kate Foundation

Location: Amsterdam - Netherlands
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Kelly de Vries
Project Leader:
Kelly de Vries
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