Education
 Ghana
Project #9165

Primary education for 200 village children - Ghana

by Meet Kate Foundation
Newsletter January 2013
Newsletter January 2013

On January 25th, after 8 months of hard work, we finally had the official opening of the Meet Kate Academy, where we'll be teaching 150 students. With speeches of president Kelly de Vries, ambassador Peter R. de Vries and several honorary guests, it was a festive and special day.  

 The construction of the school literally cost blood, sweat and tears, but the result is magnificent! We are so very proud! The past few months we have documented the development of the construction and today we'd like to share it with you. 

In the attachment you'll find our newsletter with pictures of the opening.
To get a 30 second overview of the construction of the building, check out this film

 Meet Kate would like to thank everyone for contributing to the construction of this primary school. Without you, we couldn't have done it! 

The Meet Kate Team

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Dear followers,

Happy new year to you all! We hope all your dreams come true this coming year. 

At Meet Kate, we look back at a wonderful and successful year. Our anniversary, our new ambassador, the national tv commercial, changes in the board, the construction of the primary school. Our last newsletter of the year sums it all up for you.  

In 2013 we hope to continue doing what we love to do. We want continue working on our projects becoming financially independent and sustainable so more and more children will have a chance to a brighter future. 

We hope you'll stay with us in 2013 and continue to follow and support our projects and foundation!

Love,

Meet Kate

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Meet Kate UK
Meet Kate UK

We have great news! Proudly we present to you... Meet Kate UK!

Below you can read Myrthe's story about how she and Naa (President Meet Kate UK) met and how our little UK sister came to be!

Check out our extra newsletter and read Naa's story and vision on Ghana and Meet Kate.

In 2006 the Meet Kate Foundation was established in the Netherlands. Since then, we have been growing. Expanding in our projects; increasing the number of people who benefit from our work and snowballing in spreading our message. Through online platforms such as Facebook and Global Giving, we are getting more and more international friends and followers.

In 2011, I was volunteering in Ghana, and in my first weeks I shared my host family with another volunteer called Naa; a British girl born in Ghana and with whom I immediately felt a great connection to. Although we only knew each other for a couple of weeks before she flew back home, we stayed in touch, and last summer Naa visited me in Amsterdam. Naa, Kelly and I share the same great ambition and enthusiasm in showing the potential in Africa, and now we unite in one mission: Meet Kate!

So how does it all work? Meet Kate Foundation UK was established in November 2012 and is the sister charity of Meet Kate Foundation in the Netherlands. Its aim is to raise awareness and money for projects that Meet Kate Foundation Ghana undertakes. While doing that, we will show people the positive side of Africa.

Though Meet Kate UK has their own seperate board, Meet Kate’s core values are still the same: we still believe that there is more to Africa than just poverty; we still start each project with the aim of leaving them self-reliant; we still work and co-operate with the local people on meaningful small scale projects; and we still believe in keeping everything 100% transparent. The only difference? Now we can reach more people, and people in England can hear about and get involved with us more easily.

Kind regards,

Myrthe Oostenbach
President Meet Kate Foundation the Netherlands

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Dear followers,

The past three months, lots of exciting things have happened. Due to a very bad internet connection, we were unable to keep you updated! So here's a recap of the hightlights of the past couple months. If you want to read more, please check out the attachments read the complete newsletters!

Kind regards,

Meet Kate Foundation

Changes in the board
After a lot of dedication and hard work, we said goodbye to two of our Dutch board members, Jurriaan and Joline. Even though they are still very committed to Meet Kate, they were no longer able to combine their professional lives with volunteering for Meet Kate. 
However, the board gained a couple new members. Nienke Mauritz follows in the shoes of Jurriaan as treasurer. Nienke lived in Ghana in 2011 and 2012 and got to know Kelly and Meet Kate very well. Her enthusiasm about the projects and her believe in the foundation made her commit to the cause, even after returning to The Netherlands.

Expansion of sustainability projects
As you know, we have started several sustainability projects in Ghana to help raise money for the Children's Home. One of our enterprises is a chicken farm, which up to October 2012 consisted of 1000 chickens. Thanks to a hughe contribution of the Achmea Foundation, we are now expanding from 1000 to 4000 chickens! This will mean much more income for the Children's Home and more security for its future.

The Meet Kate Academy
The past few months, a great team of construction workers have worked very hard to make the dream of a Meet Kate Academy come true. And in January 2013, it will. The grand opening of the primary school will take place on January 25th, and everyone is welcome to join in this happy occasion. If you're unable to make it, check our Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates. 

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Meet Kate commercial
Meet Kate commercial

Dear Friend of Meet KAte

We proudly present... our own TV-commercial! Five years ago, we could never have imagined this would happen to us! But it did! During August 2012 the commercial will be broadcasted on three different Dutch television channels: SBS6 , Net5 and Veronica. In case you were unable to see it on T.V. you can watch the (dutch) commercial on-line here! During my stay in Ghana last month, I realized again that the Meet Kate Foundation consists of so many extraordinary people. If you read Kelly's blog in this newsletter you will know what I mean.The major strength of the Meet Kate Foundation is, in my opinion the people: that we keep inspiring each other. It even happened to me this morning. I had a great meeting in Amsterdam concerning Meet Kate and while I was cycling back home, I was filled with the energy and ideas which came rushing into my head.This is why I love working for the Meet Kate Foundation. It gives me so much energy and positivity. I hope you will join me in this! 

Kind regards, 

Myrthe Oostenbach

Chair of The Meet Kate Foundation                  

 

One decision can change a life... 

The Meet Kate Children's Home is a home for these 22 children, where love, sorrow, jokes, quarrel, wrestling and care for each other are shared. The Children's Home has been fully occupied for several months now, which means that we have not adopted any new children recently. But then Philomena ( Director of the Meet Kate Foundation Ghana) came to me a few weeks ago and told me the story of the twins: Frederick and Freda (13 years old).Curious about their story? Read Kelly's blog!

 

Meet Frank    

                                                    
Meet Frank Visser (24) is an elementary school teacher who is volunteering for the next four and a half months at the Meet Kate Foundation in Ghana. In August he will be giving summer lessons to the children of the Meet Kate Children's Home, and during the new school year he will assist our Ghanaian teachers. Do you also have the desire to go to a developing country? For example: to assist in teaching, working in a children's home or providing sport classes and being able to see more of the world? Please visit our website to see what Meet Kate is looking for in a volunteer. For other volunteering possibilities you can send an e-mail to noorvanhout@meetkate.nl.

Meet Richard

 At the moment he is one of our employees who is contributing to the building of our school. But Richard is only 19 years old and is supposed to be going to school. Richard's father is deceased, and his mother can not afford his education. Unfortunately, the money he earns while working is not enough for him to go to school. Therefore he asked the Meet Kate Foundation to help him. He really wants to finish high school, so  he will be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a researcher in a laboratory one day. Are you interested in sponsoring this motivated student or do you want to know more about him? Send an email to kellydevries@meetkate.nl.Thank you!     

 

The progress of the construction of the Meet Kate Academy

The construction of the new school building is going remarkably well and all the employees have done a tremendous job. Here you will find a short overview of what we have accomplished over the last month:

  The first floor of the building has been poured (30 hours of work in a row)

  The toilet foundation is excavated and poured 

  The school furniture for class 1 & 2 is ready

  Two new teachers for KG 1 and class 1 are employed

  Applications for the crèche and nursery are full, we have a few places left for KG 1 & 2 and class 1 & 2.

  4 scholarships have been given to the most deprived children in EkwamkromIn a few weeks the summer holiday in Ghana will end and school will start again. In the first months, the two new classes will be taught in the existing children's home until the construction of the new building is completed.

Freda and Frederick
Freda and Frederick
Meet Frank
Meet Frank
Meet Richard
Meet Richard
Building progress
Building progress
All the workers
All the workers

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Meet Kate Foundation

Location: Amsterdam - Netherlands
Website: http:/​/​www.meetkate.org
Meet Kate Foundation
Project Leader:
Kelly de Vries
Agona Swedru, Central Region Ghana

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