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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Our Ghana Trip-First Leg, Accra

Hi folks,

This is an excerpt from my journal during our February trip to Ghana. In the coming weeks, Lynne McMahon, newly appointed secretary of the Leah’s Dream Inc. Board  who accompanied me there and myself will be posting our reflections on our journey. Hope you learn something about the country we are supporting with our work with the Afafanto Scholarship Fund and other new programs we will be talking about in these blogs. Enjoy! Sandee

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So, we survived our 12 hour flight and are here for 3 days in dusty Accra. Accra is the capital of Ghana. According to Wikipedia, Ghana is geographically closer to the “centre” of the Earth than any other country in the World. We are greeted with “Akwaaba” which means welcome.It is the time of the “Harmattan” when the wind blows the desert sands down from the Sahara to land on every possible surface. We have had wonderful fish fresh from the sea and stayed at a delightful guesthouse called Née Née Cottage. Accra is on the Atlantic coast. Hammatan100_2286Accra is also the second largest city in Ghana with a population of almost 3 million. The city is hot and crowded with many many cars, Tro-tro’s which are mini vans and taxis all stuck in traffic.  Shopping is done in open air market places and on the street.100_2280P1000105

Accra is the seat of the government founded by Kwasi Nkrumah in 1960 as the first Democratic Republic in Africa. There are 3 main institutions in Ghanaian society: the political government, the local traditional chieftaincies and religion. In Accra the religion is primarily Christian, but in the north there are many more Muslim communities each with at least 1 mosque. Well I’m jet lagged and need my beauty rest on these wonderful latex mattresses made from the native rubber trees they have in Ghana. More later….Sandee


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Happy New Year

Happy 2014 to all! This post is waaaay overdue. So much has happened since my last post in September. Most importantly, we now have 3 new Afafanto Scholarship recipients. Issahaku Adzifa is from Larabanga and attended Bagabaga Demonstration Junior High School. Abudu Slamatu is from Damongo and attended Yabum Junior High School. Our third Afafanto Scholar is special because she is the first one to be accepted to study the sciences. Her name is Zelia Sayibu. She is attending Bimbilla Senior High School.

This is Zelia:                    AZIZ

We are very proud of all of our new students.  Currently they are on a Winter break. It is the time of the Hamattan in Ghana. This is a very dry, hot and dusty wind that blows down from the North.Hammatan

Emelia, our erstwhile Africa coordinator is finally back home with her family just in time to celebrate the holidays. It was beginning to get a bit too frosty for her in the Northeast US. While she was here, she delivered a beautiful 9 pound baby girl whose English name is Sandy after me. I am so touched.

As I said in my last newsletter, we have made many plans for this new year. We hope to hire more office help in Tamale and a student intern here in the U.S. to handle the growing tasks of Leah’s Dream. We now advise one graduate, administer scholarships for 9 girls; and the job of keeping track of each one as well as promoting the next crop of applicants for 2015  is quite time consuming. Meanwhile my job of fundraising for our growing organization has again entered the planning phase. This year we expect to hold a benefit concert in April complete with an “African Market” theme. Stay tuned for more on that later, it should be another fun fundraiser.

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Emelia and Sandy Dazaa Seidu

So, as Leah’s Dream and the Afafanto Scholarship Fund enters its 4th year of operation, we can proudly say that we have begun to fulfill the first part of the mission we have set forth: “…to carry on Leah’s legacy of compassion, leadership, academic excellence, and a spirit of giving, the Leah K. Horowitz Afafanto Scholarship will sponsor promising young women from Northern Ghana so that they can continue their education through secondary school.”

   Now as we begin to graduate these amazing young women, we will turn our attention to helping to fulfill the second part of that mission: “It is hoped that these special young women will gain the knowledge and skills that they need to empower and improve the lives of women and children in their communities.” We begin with our first graduate, Mariama Iddrisu who is pursuing a career in nursing. This year Mukaramtu and Arabiatu will be graduating. I am looking forward to going, this year, to their villages to shake their hands personally.

Again, all my best,

Sandee