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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
Kelly with the children of the day-care
Kelly with the children of the day-care

Dear friend, 

Meet Kate is slowly expanding: a thousand chickens, but also new applications for the daycare center and of course in a few months the primary school that will provide high-quality education to 200 children. This month we have lots of news to share with you. First, our president Kelly de Vries flew to The Netherlands for one month. Also, we had an inspiring Business Models workshop and are starting our chicken farm which is our third sustainability project. We also received a lot of fun and heart-warming responses to our promotional film which has been viewed almost 7000 times by now! Fantastic!

With kind regards,

Myrthe Oostenbach

Chairman Meet Kate Foundation

Ps. For our most recent updates and pictures, follow us on our social media sites. You can find us on Facebook.

 


Kelly in The Netherlands

 After spending eight months in Ghana, Kelly de Vries (president) landed on Dutch ground on March 17. She will meet the new board and there are a few exciting meetings planned. More about that later! Kelly leaves behind the projects of Meet Kate in full confidence. She proudly says: “I’m not the least worried. Together with the Ghanaian employees we built an incredible organisation over the past year, in which everyone knows exactly what to do. Of course I will miss everyone the coming month, but I am very pleased the projects are this successful and that I can visit my friends and family in The Netherlands without having to worry about Ghana”.

 

The Meet Kate family expands
And with no less than one thousand chickens! This month, our third sustainability project (a chicken farm) has started. Together with the daycare center and the cacao plant it is supposed to contribute to the children’s home’s sustainability. We hired a Ghanaian chicken expert to coordinate the project and care for the chickens. We rent his chicken farm for a period of two years. The chickens were bought when they were one day old and will start laying eggs when they’re six months old. The sale of these eggs (and after 80 weeks the sale of the chicken meat) will generate an income used to finance the educational projects of the Meet Kate Foundation.  

 

Update Ghana

Building the school: The meetings for the construction of the primary school are in full swing. We start building in April!

Education: The second period school fees of the children at the Meet Kate Children’s Home have been paid for.
The daycare and kindergarten classes are doing very well. The applications keep coming in. All our groups are full right now, so we have started a waiting list. We also had another parent-teacher night last month. We received many positive and enthusiastic responses from parents about our education and daycare facilities.

First Aid course: Thanks to WARA (West African Rescue Association), five of our staff members followed and passed a First Aid course. In six hours time they were taught theoretical and practical skills, so they are now able to help the children in cases of emergency.  

 


Update The Netherlands

Business Models workshop: Last week Myrthe and Kelly had a brain storm session with Yvo, Jack and Sylvia of Hot ITem. The goal of Hot ITem is to permanently improve a company’s or government’s achievements. The accomplish this by doing performance improvement projects on the intersection between business and IT. Hot ITem sponsors Meet Kate with such a project and in 10 days we have our second meeting. We are very enthusiastic and curious about the outcome! 

GET Teacher Training DONE: In April, our pedagogue Noor van Hout will come to Ghana for eight months, to work on the educational program of the Meet Kate Primary School. She’ll also be giving workshops and training to our teachers and employees, on the subject of individual care and education. To finance this project, we work together with Get it Done: an online platform for small scale developmental projects. You’ll find our project here. We are now at 5,8% and every contribution is more than welcome! Share this with your friends and let’s get it done! 

She inspires... We invest. Get involved!February 2012 

Our new family: 1000 chicks for sustainability
Our new family: 1000 chicks for sustainability
Brainstorm session with Hot ITem
Brainstorm session with Hot ITem

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Valentines wishes of our children
Valentines wishes of our children

Valentines day is only 1 day away.....

What will you give your loved one this year? A rose? chocolate? How about this: Meet Kate launched a savings programme for the 22 children in the Home. 5,- per month, per child, put aside for their future. When the children reach 18 years old they receive their part and they can choose whether they follow a study, start a business, or build a shop.

Why not show some love and invest in the future of one child ! Donate through giving your loved one a gift/in honor of card on the GlobalGiving website.

 

Happy Valentine!

Dear Friend of Meet Kate,

In our new slogan (She Inspires... We Invest. Get Involved!), we tell you to ‘Get involved’. We try to involve you by giving daily updates using social media and by sending a monthly newsletter. Furthermore we strive to be as personal and transparent as possible towards interested people and donors. Reducing the distance  between our projects in Ghana and you, our supporters all over the world. That’s our goal!  

This is why Martijn Melis (professional cameraman at Confused Butterfly) visited the Meet Kate projects last November. From the extensive and beautiful footage he took in Ghana, he now produced a short movie, sponsored by Confused Butterfly. This movie will bring Ghana a bit closer to you. And will give you some insight into the projects and the amazing people behind Meet Kate. In short, a movie we proudly present to you.    

Click on this link and imagine yourself in Ghana for a few minutes!  

The Meet Kate Foundation

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Group picture the day Mark (middle) left
Group picture the day Mark (middle) left

Dear friends of Meet Kate

A new year, new plans and projects and of course a new project report! In this first project report of 2012 you can read all about the plans of Meet Kate, our new board and saying goodbye to Mark van Doorn. Let's make it a year filled with challenges and great results:

She inspires... We invest. Get involved!

 

Friendly greetings from both The Netherlands and Ghana,

Myrthe Oostenbach and Kelly de Vries

Chairman and Director of Meet Kate

 

- Plans for 2012

After a fantastic 2011 it is time to focus on the new year to come. We are facing and exciting and challenging year. Because, we are starting with the construction of our primary school. This primary school will give high-quality and personal education to 200 children from the surrounding area. Small classes, individual coaching, computer lessons and sports and games will be the main focus of the Meet Kate International Primary School. The construction was supposed to start February 1st, but our contractor was in a car accident and is in the hospital with two broken leg. We expect to start the construction in early April. Feel better soon Robert!

Coming months we will keep you posted through our website, social media, project reports and our newsletter. We have raised 100.000 dollars so far and with this money we can finish the first 2 phases of the project. Through GlobalGiving we hope to raise the final 40.000 dollars needed to finished the first floor of the school. Curious about the plans and blue prints? We have added the link here for you.

 

- Changing of the guards

To execute all these plans, we need active and enthusiastic board members. We therefore decided to shift and expand a bit in our board. After some good interviews, we have finally completed our new board. This is the group of people that will make it happen in 2012! Click on the link below for everyone's motivation and meet our board!

Kelly de Vries: President

Myrthe Oostenbach: Chairman

Nienke Mauritz: Secretary

Jurriaan Verweij: Treasurer

Muriel Koch: Board member Communication

Joline Deen: Board member Fundraising

Dianne Swinkels: Board member Fundraising

Tom Bijkerk: Board member Webhosting

 

- Thanks, Mark!

Mark van Doorn, project manager of 'Meet Kate is going to school', has lived in Ghana for a year. He ensured that six children are able to finish their high school. He talk about his experience at Meet Kate:

"What a year I've had. Living and working in Ekwamkrom, Ghana, where the Meet Kate Children's Home has been up and running since August 2010. Coming up with new projects, evaluating them, accepting and rejecting children to the Children's Home and also dealing with all the adjustments in your personal live. I only worked for Meet Kate for 12 months, but it has given me experiences and knowledge I couldn't have gotten in The Netherlands in 20 years. On Monday, January 16th 2012 I flew back to The Netherlands where I'll adjust to the fast, hasty and luxurious life. This way I'm learning about two totally different worlds. I have yet to figure out which suits me best. I do know that the experience that I got from working for Meet Kate convinced me of the use of their work and makes me want to experience a year like this again."

 

 

Every month we will give you an update on our projects on GlobalGiving. If you would like to get daily update, become friends with us on Facebook for the latest pictures, movies and stories. You can also visit our website: www.meetkate.org for more information or to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Mame Kate
Mame Kate
The Meet Kate Children
The Meet Kate Children's Home and Daycare Centre
Studying
Studying

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Meet Kate Foundation

Location: Amsterdam - Netherlands
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Meet Kate Foundation
Kelly de Vries
Project Leader:
Kelly de Vries
Agona Swedru, Central Region Ghana

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