As I have come to learn over these past couple of weeks, fundraising is not an easy task. As part of my mandate I have been asked to create a Go Fund Me account to raise money for the program my organization runs every year around Christmas time. At first I was a little hesitant, I didn’t want my organization to be solely dependent on me and my network of people, but as it was explained to me by my all-knowing mother, this is how fundraising works. And as I came to understand, sponsorship in Ghana is really hard to get. We went to 5 local companies and all but one, rejected our letters. The one particular company allowed us to enter, pass security and drop off our letter at reception, because the organization has a contact within the company.
All in all it, let me tell you it was a very long day but one that taught me something. Before we started this process I thought handing out these letters would be easy and quick. Well I was very wrong. The main answer we got from the companies we asked was that they don’t do sponsorship in Kumasi and they letter must be directed towards Accra, they wouldn’t even let us past the security guard. So many things frustrated me about that day, it was hot, no one wanted to listen to us, it felt like we were wasting our time. I’m still a little annoyed that no one would help us out or take the time to listen to what we had to say but I guess that’s how it works here in Ghana. At least we tried and as time is running out we will pursue most of our fundraising through Go Fund Me, but I am determined to crack this sponsorship nutshell and I vow to try my hardest in the new year.
So I’m now trying to get the message of Solutions for Life to everyone and anyone who will listen. Solutions for Life teaches girls and young women that they are not confined to a limited life due to present circumstances and they can make choices about their future. We strive to help girls who are in the poorest economic situations and allow them to flourish and live to their fullest potential. I have had the privilege to talk to a couple of these girls and they really are unique and all have different stories that are worth sharing.
This coming December will mark the 4th annual ‘When You Eat, They Eat’ program. Here is a little bit about it and how you can help.
As people all over the world start to make plans to visit family, buy presents and think about Christmas dinner, many children are unable to have those small Christmas wishes fulfilled. ‘When You Eat, They Eat’ is an annual event organized by Solutions For Life Initiative Ghana, (the organization that I work with) which sees over 700 orphans and other less privileged children from the Ashanti Region, including street children, enjoying a day filled with lots of love, laughter and food. For the less privileged in this society it can be a constant struggle trying to find enough food to survive day to day, a battle that is even more pronounced as Christmas time comes around. While others are enjoying an abundance of food and presents at this time, there are many who go without. As a result of this, SFLIG organizes a Christmas Day Picnic filled with games, rides and of course food. This day is shared by both the privileged and the less privileged of the Kumasi community and it continues to prove that the greatest gift at Christmas time is not one that is found under a tree, but rather one that is given from the heart. This year SFLIG will also take this gathering as an opportunity to launch our Back to School Program. This program is designed to allow girls to attend school as a new academic school year starts. There are many challenges to the beginning of an academic year. Girls here struggle with access to school materials like books and stationary and some are even unable to pay for their tuition to attend grade school.
The funds raised through this platform will go towards providing a small part of Christmas for these children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to spend Christmas with a meal in a family setting filled with laughter and love. Funds will also go towards school fees and scholastic materials for girls who are unable to pay out of pocket. At SFLIG we believe that education is the key to unlocking the potential of girls in nation building and their education must be of primary importance.
Here is the link to donate or share: http://www.gofundme.com/g1jkz0
This is a picture of me and some of the girls who are part of our Girls Club in Adiebeba, a region of Kumasi. These girls will benefit from both programs we are fundraising for.
They are so full of life and are such a joy to talk to. They all go to school and have great aspirations in life, one wants to become a fashion designer, another an actress. They are dreaming as big as they can and we hope to make their dreams a reality, but we need to start somewhere.
Any donation small or large really goes a long way in helping these kids have one day where they can forget about their next meal and they can become part of a family. Please help me by donating or sharing with your friends and family this story and the link.
Thank you in advance to everyone who has helped out and continues to help get this link out for many to see. I appreciate it very much and so does everyone at Solutions For Life.