Good Foundation School is a village nursery, primary and junior high school located in Tetrem, Ghana. Over 300 students ages 3 to 16 attend this school.
In case you didn't know, Ghana is a country in West Africa and Tetrem is a small village right in the middle of it.
Meet Martin Asiedu (AKA Mr Job). Standing with Mr Job is his wife Felicia (AKA Maa Felicia). Mr Job and Maa Felicia have been running Good Foundation school for almost 20 years. They are a powerful team! They have taken care of their own three children as well as many other foster children and orphaned children.
Mr Job is the one running the show. He teaches classes, meets with teachers, meets with the PTA, collects the school fees, controls the spending, organises the school resources and supplies, arranges volunteer visitors from across the world and he is in charge of fixing any problems in the school. His wife Felicia runs the school store during term times and generally takes care of the immediate and extended school family; food, clothing, a place to stay or live, and hugs. She is superwoman!
Mr Job is busy running our school in Ghana so we have printed a cardboard version of him so that he is still with us throughout our Kickstarter journey. Right now he is in Portugal.
Mr Job loves to make new friends on Facebook and practice his English. So, in case he doesn’t add you first, you can also chat with him here: https://www.facebook.com/martin.asiadu.7
Have a call with him and ask him to show you around the school.
The school provides an excellent education for its students and is a place full of love, however, the school has a lot of problems too.
Where do we start? The structure of the school is over 15 years old and it is very basic and run down - it was supposed to be a temporary structure. The walls are made of planks of wood banged together and there are a lot of gaps between the boards. This means unpredictable school closures during the rainy season. The floor is just a sheet of dirt. It is old, uneven, and dusty - which causes issues during the dry season. The only repairs being made currently, thanks to our sponsors are; some new school desks as well as new boards for the classrooms. As you can see, the school is in no where near decent condition and these wonderful people deserve our help.
This school and this building are the centre of the village that everyone depends on, especially the youth. This is not just a school; it is the family home, the downtown, the supermarket, the city hall, the local hotel, the meeting place and the home of opportunity. It is a place where everyone is equal, a place where children come every day to learn, and a place where everyone can dream about a better future.
Since 2005, (Yes you read that right!) they have been trying to rebuild this school. But setback after setback has made this impossible and it will not be possible in the foreseeable future. They just don’t have the money to spare. After school bus repairs and maintenance, constant repairs on the school structure, and providing education and food for families that can’t afford it - the school is not left with a cent to spare.
Right now, a rebuild is just a dream!
These kids, this school and this community need our help. By funding the reconstruction, we will be able to ignite more opportunities for more children and give them a safe and comfortable place to learn. We will be providing a structure that is safe for children and teachers all year round. We will also help with the problems mentioned previously; better cooking and toilet facilities, a nicer environment to gather, classroom lessons, band rehearsal, a place to hold community meetings and a better home for the family.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
This is not our first time raising money. We have already raised money three times with amazing results.
In 2014, we sold paintings to raise money for national curriculum textbooks. At the time, pupils were using outdated and second hand textbooks that didn’t match that year's exams.
In 2017, we raised nearly £700 by selling paintings the children made. We used these funds to build new school chairs and desks because most of the desks were falling apart and extremely uncomfortable to sit on.
This year, we raised over £300 by selling bracelets that the kids made in the school and we used these funds to buy new white boards. Most of the classroom chalkboards had cracked, broken and rough surfaces. This wasn’t ideal for students or teachers.
Now it's time to raise the bar. We want to step up our game and launch a big campaign to raise enough funds to rebuild the entire school! This is not just a campaign to build a new school. This is a campaign to improve the lives of hundreds of children and adults that rely on their school every single day.
And this is what we want to build:
Here are our milestones:
- First achievement- £1,000 one classroom
- Second achievement - £5,000 five classrooms
- Third achievement - £15,000 rebuild every classroom, new toilets and a new canteen
- Bonus achievement - £25,000 rebuild the entire school and purchase a new school bus
These are the rewards that we will be sending out to say thank you:
-Locally made beads
-Every single bracelet is made by the students, the students’ parents, and teachers
-Every single bracelet includes a photo and a message hand written by one child
-Each painting is created by one of our GFS students
-Every single painting represents an image of life in Ghana
-Every single painting includes a photo and a message hand written by one child
- Kente cloth made by the local weaver
- Made using the colours of our school (orange and blue) or the colours of the Ghana flag (red, yellow, green and black)
Sponsor a Classroom
- Sponsor the construction of an entire classroom
- The classroom will be forever named after you or a person of your choice
- A video call with Mr Job to show you around the school
- A custom made kente cloth - choose your own colours.
It has been a crazy journey so far but we are only half way there.
This is our past and future...
Share our campaign on social media and help us make this project successful:
Special Thank you
Our Campaign would not be possible without the help of some very talented people.
Grace Aitken - https://www.littleandcreate.co.nz
Thank you for helping us put the campaign and video together.
Thank you for printing Cardboard Mr Job.
Bernardo Carreira - http://truetalk.co
Thank you for helping strategise the campaign and bringing PR coverage.
Toby Herbert https://www.instagram.com/tobyherb_music/
Thank you for sharing the sound recording equipment.
Cormack and Emilia Horn
Thank you for making such a lovely voice over for our campaign video.
For bringing amazing images and graphic design to the campaign.
Heiko - firstname.lastname@example.org
For bringing amazing images and graphic design to the campaign.
Risks and challenges
- Not reaching the goal
- African unpredictable scenarios
- Disruption in the supply chain
- Exceeding bracelet and painting production capacity (a London school has offered to help with bracelet production)
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