By Muriel Koch - Secretary of Meet Kate Foundation
Meet Kate UK is taking on scholarships. “Meet Kate Goes to School” was started a few years ago by a volunteer and now allows 8 students to finish high school. As The board of Meet Kate UK are all university students, we realise how important education has been in our lives. We want to see those opportunities given to other children. While Naa is in Ghana, she will be meeting with the current students, the mentor and seeing the schools they go to. When she goes back, the team will start with a fresh passion to give more people this wonderful opportunity.
Whenever anyone talks about Meet Kate, the sense of family is always the major feeling they express. Still, it took me by surprise when I came here. The sense of unity, the feeling that this is home is almost palpable in the air. I find that children are extremely adaptable: put them in a place with love and they will create their own family. Family takes on a whole new meaning at Meet Kate, especially with the staff. The flow of conversations, the fun they have with each other and the genuine care for each other. It is not always easy when there is a mix of two cultures, but these signs are demonstrative of people who love each other completely and care deeply for each other. Its so evident it makes my heart swell and now I get to be a part of that! I get to call this place my home for the next couple of months and get to know the project inside out.
As I type this, the children are outside, drumming and dancing in preparation for a cultural show they have in a week’s time. They are carefree, happy and sometimes get frustrated because they can’t pick up a dance move quickly. But what is important is that they are just as children should be. They feel like they belong and they can be themselves here because they are loved and part of a family and I think that the quote above is truer here than it could ever be. Something very wonderful is indeed happening.
Sending you a pocketful of the sunshine from Meet Kate!
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