Our first gala silent auction and fundraiser was a success! We made our goal and beyond. We now have enough funds to provide 10 girls with a secondary education next year plus some funding for other projects we have in mind. Wow. I am amazed and overwhelmed at the gererosity of our supporters. Over 62 of them showed up this past April 13 at our gala event at Fleisher Art Memorial on Catherine St. to help raise funds. Many supporters found their way to our online Eventbrite donate sites as well. There was something for everyone there; enough food to feed an entire Ghanaian village, Tacie’s Bakery in East Coventry provided a most delicious french bread, dips, spreads and platters were provided by moi and we had some excellent serving help from the Sustainability Workshop students supervised by Myra Malis as well as Keith Jarret and Nancy Koan tending bar. Over 50 art objects were auctioned off, most of which found new homes after some lively bidding. Lottery bags from Africa were filled with donated gift certificates from Philadelphia area businesses. Shea butter at $5.00 a pop sold briskly and there are orders to fill and best of all, the Dreaming Tree Trio consisting of Scott Horowitz, Michael Schiller and Ajinkya Joglekar added fantastic musical atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help make the event so terrific. Check out the photos taken by Leah Milito below.
May is graduation time and we have our first Afafanto graduate. Mariama Iddrisu is completing her final year of high school. She is now in the process of her 2 weeks of final exams which will determine if she goes on to the University. Her plan is to go for a teaching career. With her advanced high school certification, Mariama is much more employable than the average female of her age group. Way to go Mariama. As promised, a computer laptop is now hers to keep. I am planning a trip to Ghana in the fall and will officially congratulate Mariama on her great achievement. May is also the time that the Afafanto Scholarship applications are handed out. We have distributed 50 applications in at least 4 villages. We will choose our 3 scholarship winners from a list of 10 finalists some time in August. Congratulations are due to our 7 students from this year who are completing school this May through some trying circumstances. In a letter from Saaka Arabiata, one of our second year she students writes ” There is this problem we tried to solve but to no avail in our trials, and the problem is the studying of core-Mathematics. Anytime we learn it we do not understand. Mum, we want to know the secret in learning and understanding Core-Mathematics…Anyone have any good advice for Saaka? She could really use a good mentor. Our mentoring program needs strengthening and is one of the major goals for next year.
Until the next time, remember what Nelson Mandela wrote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”