Paul Arthur, during our visit to his school
The entire staff and board members of Cheerful Hearts Foundation wishes to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to you our donors for your generous contribution to help us attain a permanent spot on Global Giving and an opportunity to help us to continually support the disadvantaged children within the fishing communities of Awutu Senya District, Ghana.
On the 6th of February, 2012 Cheerful Hearts Foundation received our first funds of $4,112 from Global Giving after the December 2011 challenge. Upon receipt of the funds, the Executive Director and Finance Director of the foundation went to the Nyanyano community to visit all the rescued child laborers in their schools to pay for their school fees, provide needed school supplies and miscellaneous or extra school bills. We have fully paid the school fees of the 15 currently rescued child laborers for the second school quarter (term).
Our interviews with both the children, their teachers and heads of schools has shown that the children are very committed to school and has shown very positive attitude towards studies, respectful and have the potential of becoming very good pupils in future. One of the main factors that militate against most them is that, due to their late enrollment in school as a result of child labour or being exploited by fishermen, they are slow to learn as compared to same pupils of their age. The foundation has therefore paid for an extra fee to recruit some teachers from their schools to engage them in an after school classes.
However, there are two children among the currently rescued 15 children who have an exceptional case which we wish to bring to your notice below:
School: Sea Breeze Preparatory School, Nyanyano
Current class: Primary 1
Update: Esi has never been to school before until her rescue in April 2011. She was initially enrolled in Nursery 2 since she has never been to school before. However, the foundation agreed with the school that anytime she improves in her studies, she would be jumped ahead of her class due to her age.
Esi is an orphan who has lost both parents and currently staying with her poor old grandmother in the Nyanyano village. She has always shown very positive attitude towards school since her enrollment in schools since she want to use this support as an opportunity for her to become a better person in future. Unfortunately, during one of our visit to her school on the 8th February, 2012, the headmistress of her school told the foundation staff that, Esi has been absenting herself from school for about a week. The foundation tried our best to inquire about the reasons for her absenteeism and also went to visit her same day in her house to know the situation home. We realized that, the grandmother is no more able to feed her since she is old, cannot work and does not have a source of regular income. Financial situation is been very tough with her old grandmother and due to this Cheerful Hearts Foundation has decided take an additional responsibility of her meals so that she can continue her education. To ensure her regular care and continuous schooling, we have given some money to the headmistress of her school to offer her daily money for her upkeep to ensure that she goes to school every day. Esi has promised the foundation to be regular in school and thanked all donors for their support for her future.
School: Nyanyano D/A primary school
Current class: Primary 1
Update: Paul is also an orphan who lost both parents through an accident and staying with his poor old grandmother in the Nyanyano village. His class teacher has really spoken well about his academic performance and he seems very intelligent compared to most of the rescued child laborers. Due to the hard financial situation at home, he missed school for 3days and according to him, he wanted to go to fish sometimes so he can raise some little money to buy food home due to the extreme financial difficulty currently present at home. Due to this development, the foundation has decided to take care his regular feeding before school including his extra class fee and school supplies. Also to ensure his regular attendance in school, the foundation has given some money to his class teacher to be given to him daily for his upkeep. He has promised the rescue team never to absent himself from school nor go for fishing.
UPCOMING PLAN OF ACTIVITIES 2012
The foundation from the end of February 2012 onwards will conduct more interviews on the shores of the Nyanyano community including two other fishing communities in the District namely Gomoa Fetteh and Senya. This will enable us to know the situation of every child being exploited by the fishermen to help us rescue additional 75children (15 children already rescued and sponsored making a total of 100 children) to be sponsored on this project to obtain an education before the end of this year 2012.
Additionally, the foundation will organize a community leaders meeting to ensure their total involvement and commitment in this project to help end child labour in their communities. The leaders for this meeting will include the local chief and his elders, fishermen representatives, pastors of the various churches, Moslem leaders in the community, heads of the various schools in the community and other opinion leaders. This will give an opportunity for all to suggest possible ways of helping end child labour in their communities as they begin to understand the rights of these children.
The foundation will also embark on a school to school educational campaign on child rights and certain basic information to the teachers and pupils in the various schools that will equip them to be able to advise or encourage other children in the community who are being exploited by fishermen. By this we believe that these school children can also be a motivation for other child laborers to go to schools whilst ensuring that they will also not be exploited by these fishermen in future.
The foundation also plans to organize an adult literacy or education class for parents, other community members and fishermen within the community. This adult educational section will include basic literacy (how to read and write) and basic Twi-English translation, how to manage their business and finances.
Although the main goal of this project is to eliminate child Labour in Gomoa Nyanyano and nearby rural communities, the following is a summary of other objectives CHF would like to achieve:
- Increase the awareness in throughout the community regarding issues such as child labour, and the long-term importance of education.
- Contribute to the empowerment of the men and the women in the community, by providing them with basic literacy and financial literacy so that all members of the community grow together.
- Enable families under financial pressure to meet the needs of their children’s education, without resorting to extreme measures of forced labor and trafficking.
- Build a strong community that co-pilots all CHF projects and takes ownership for ensuring all the children in the community attend school, are healthy, and that the adult members also feel enriched.
The foundation will regularly keep you updated on the progress of this project and you may also regularly visit this page to see updates on this project especially if not already a donor to this project since donor automatically receives updates.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation once again say a big “thank you” to all our donors who has donated in support of this project and most especially Mr. Lawrence Spitters, USA who made a single donation of $15000 in support of this project by Cheque to Global Giving office after the December 2011 challenge.
The foundation is working extremely hard to ensure that the above objectives are achieved and everyone’s ideas and contributions to making this a success is always welcome. Our biggest question now is how can we raise the additional $41,220 to reach our funding goal on Global Giving before the end of 2012 to be able to carry out every necessary activity, towards achieving the aim of this project? You may share personal views via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +233262626182, +233262222399.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation team
Directors of Cheerful Hearts Visited Esi at School
Project Director visits Esi at home
CHF directors visits 3 rescued children at school
Gyasi with Rosemarie, a volunteer from Florida, US
Some of children with their teacher and CHF staff
Project team visits Esther and Charity at school
The Nyanyano fishing village