Meet Kate Foundation – Ghana

Providing important primary education to village children in Ghana

ICEF’s donation will provide five students with a one year scholarship, including their uniforms, books, transport to school and lunches.

In the village of Ekwamkrom, Ghana, unemployment is a fact of life with 70% of the village population without a source of income. Those fortunate enough to have jobs earn around $25 per month. In addition, many families in this village have at least four children – making it almost impossible to survive on what little they have.

Primary level education is free in Ghana, however for many village children is not an option. Parents are often unable to cover the costs of uniforms, textbooks and other school related items. As a result many children do not attend school or go sporadically as their family can afford it. Due to this many children in Ekwamkrom are illiterate.

The Meet Kate Foundation was established in the Netherlands in 2007 with the objective to support youth-focussed initiatives in Ghana. Currently the foundation is building a new private primary school, with sport and playground facilities, in Ekwamkrom and will provide quality education for 200 children in this small community, including computer literacy classes. ICEF’s donation of US$1500 will help Meet Kate to realise this important project.

Meet Kate aims to provide village children with a strong basic education, opening doors to further study and ultimately better employment opportunities. This project's benefits are wide reaching, with the new school creating a large number of jobs in the community thus alleviating unemployment.

In just five years, Meet Kate has made a huge impact in villages in Ghana, undertaking projects such as building a dormitory and providing electricity for a vocational school for girls, building a children's home to provide short-term accommodation and care and has also established a day-care centre giving parents the opportunity to find work during regular business hours.

The Meet Kate Foundation has, and continues to make a huge impact in the lives of Ghanaian children, as summed up by Abena, and 11 year old girl from Ekwamkrom: "One year ago, I could not write my name. Because of the tutoring of the Meet Kate teachers and a scholarship I am now in class 3. I am so happy and I love school."

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