Sponsor a student in Ghana and follow the progress of their education and career and see what impact you can have on the rest of their lives.
There is an official student sponsorship programme running at Afoako ICCES where students are applying for whatever they feel they need to help them complete their education. The requests come very varied, some are for books, stationary, practical materials or some as simple as the funds with which to pay their school fees or for food to feed themselves daily.
The students of Afoako ICCES are very poor, all lie below the international poverty line and live on less than a dollar a day. Most will only eat once a day , the lucky ones may eat twice. Some walk huge distances to school each day, for example Ebenezer Oppong (a 2nd year Electricals student) walks two and a half hours to school each day, if he wishes to attend on time he must wake up and be out of the house before 4:30am each day, when he returns to his home in the evening then he must walk the same distance back again to his village in the blistering sun. By the time he returns home it is already dark and his family cannot afford electricity. Ebenezer has applied for funds (15 Cedis (£4.35) a year , after the completion of the Girls’ dormitory the hostel fee will become free, unfortunately there are not enough funds for a boys dormitory as well) to pay his hostel fee so that he can live in the rented Afoako ICCES hostel and save himself this arduous walk each day.
None of the students currently own textbooks and nor does Afoako ICCES have a library of textbooks which can be borrowed. The teachers of Afoako ICCES are currently writing their own textbooks to cover the courses which will then be manufactured by the students at a much lower cost using the recently donated printer (September 2009) these textbooks will only cost what is needed for printer Ink and paper, the final production price being as low as 2 Cedis (less than a pound) for the smallest of the textbooks (Entrepreneurship, which all students take). Thanks to the dedication of the Afoako ICCES staff they have managed to reduce the price of the average textbook by a fifth (shop bought textbooks cost around 10 Cedis or higher), this will also help with the sustainability project of Afoako ICCES as the books are circulated for free after their initial use by the previous owners.
If you would like to write to sponsor a student or personally see a students request for sponsorship please Contact Us. Students applying for sponsorship currently provide:
All of the above are made available to the sponsor as well as any private communication with the student that the sponsor may wish for. We encourage the students to write regular formal letters to their sponsors in order to help improve their English, if at all possible we would like to set up a pen-pal scheme between students and sponsors at no extra cost to the sponsor who could reply via email and the students letters be forwarded with any reports from the Trust. We hope that students might be able to establish a worthy personal connection through which a sponsor would be able to see what amazing effect they can have on a student throughout their life.
Please see below for an example of application for sponsorship. In this case Isaac Obeng Danso was successful in his application!
Here can be seen Issac's letter thanking Elliot Pannaman for sponsoring him through his NVTI Dressmaking exam.