Kelly, Kiymet, Myrthe and Jet visting the Meet Kate Children's Home (December 2014)
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.
Meet Kate Ghana, UK & Netherlands
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.
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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