Leah's Dream/Afafanto Scholarship Fund Newsletter

Leah's Dream sponsors education and community develpment through finaqncial and mentoring support for young women in Northern Ghana


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Scholar News and The Generosity of our Donors

Hi again after a long absence. I have so much good news to report since my last posting in November. This new year has been full of wonderful accomplishments for Leah’s Dream both here and in Ghana.

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Isabella Lambrecht showing off her new kente cloth present from Leah’s Dream.

This is Isabella Lambrecht. She is from Belgium and works in the Ghana offices of IFPRI, International Food Policy Research Insitute where Leah was employed before her tragic passing. She and her husband were recently married, They have decided to donate all the proceeds from their wedding to the Afafanto Scholarship Fund!  So far, thanks to generous donors like Isabella, this year we have collected over $17,000.00 which goes to fund our Afafanto Scholars, pays for administrative expenses to run our Ghana NGO and US 501c3. Your generosity has enabled us to fund 5 new Afafanto Scholars this coming year. That makes 25 young women whose lives have been impacted by our Scholarship.

IMG_2226.JPGPatricia Abrugrago, one of our 2016 graduates has just graduated from the Ghana Police Academy tops in her class! She has been in the Ghana news where she mentions the Afafanto Scholarship as an important part of her success. We are so excited for her new career. Mariama Iddrisu, our very first Afafanto Scholar has just been accepted to nursing school. She’s been working in the clinic at Larabanga. Next September, Mukarama, a 2014 grad will be earning her business degree from the University of Accra. She begins training as our new Executive Director for Leah’s Dream Ghana NGO. Emelia and I are bursting with pride for our girls!

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Mukurama, Sandee and Emelia at University of Accra

I’ve set up a new page all about our Scholars and Alumni so that you can keep up with their accomplishments. It is a new link at the top of this page. Check out the photo of Rafaia Abdulai our newest graduate.She hopes to continue on to university as soon as she passes her exams. Also the lady in pink is Foriza Hazan who was just voted prefect of her class next term. Way to go Foriza.

Incidentally, Leah’s Dream US is pleased to be hosting a West African dinner at Kilamandjaro Restaurant, 48th and Chestnut on September 10 from 6:30-9:00 PM. Join us to help celebrate all of our progress. Click here to buy tickets:learn more

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Off to Ghana

Larabanga mosque

Larabanga mosque

Soon we will meet our newest Afafanto Scholars  and catch up with our friends in the villages!

Shea Butter women

Shea Butter women

We have a full itinerary from meetings in Accra to opening our new office in Tamale, not to mention a side trip to Mole National Park which is home to many elephants and other wild creatures. Most of all, however, I am looking forward to shaking the hands of our Afafanto Scholars and telling them how proud we are of their progress.

One of our 2015 Afafanto Scholars.

One of our 2015 Afafanto Scholars.

We plan on visiting and meeting with the headmasters of as many of their schools as we can fit in to our busy schedule. Stay tuned from Ghana…

Our Birthday Giving Campaign is now in full swing. We are 1/3 of the way to our goal of $10,000.00.  Won’t you please help us become sustainable and give a birthday present to Leah? She would be 35 this year.                                                                                                    
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The link is also available on our website www.afafanto.org/donate.php. Give generously in time for Leah’s birthday which is February 22.

Wish us a safe trip.

                    Sandee


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Its a New Year and a Milestone Birthday

Hi and hope you are having a grand 2015 so far.

If you missed  out on your year end giving why not give a birthday present to Leah? She would be 35 this year. Our donor page has a new look as we are now with Network for Good. The link is available on our website http://www.afafanto.org/donate. You can also donate here. DonateNow
This will make it even easer for you to make your donations to support Leah’s Dream. Look for our Birthday Giving Campaign to be in full swing in time for Leah’s birthday which is February 22. We are kicking it off January 22. bday cakeBut no reason to wait till then, give now!

Leah would be quite proud of all that we have been able to accomplish this year. Due to the Ebola crisis there was a slow start to the school year and testing was delayed. We did however, manage to begin 2 new scholarship winners in November. Their names are Abdulai Rafaia at Northern School of Business and Daakiyre Angelics at Lasia Touli in Upper West Regin. They are majoring in business and science respectively. We have 4 young ladies that are expected to graduate this year and 3 second year students. With our 3 graduates, that makes 12 girls whose lives have been impacted by our work.

In addition, we have started working with some local expert craftswomen as well as Engage Globally, another NGO organization based in Washington, DC and in Taha, Ghana. We want  to offer apprenticeships in the making of pocketbooks. This and our support of the Sangariku Shea Butter Cooperative expands our outreach to women in other ways besides education.

I am looking forward to my trip to Northern Ghana Feb. 9. It has been 3 years since I last visited my friends there. Now that we are an official NGO in Ghana as well as a 501c3 here in the US, we are busy setting up our Tamale office. We hope to have a place for women to gather and to offer computer training right there.

Leah's Dream Board Secretary

Accompanying me on this trip will be our newest Board member Sarah Lynne McMahon. Look for her bio and more news from our students in our next issue.

Till then “mah krow” or goodby in Twi, a language of Ghana,

  Sandee