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A learning service trip for Anna

In August 2015 Anna Vindics went on a learning trip with KickStart Ghana to see what work we undertake and what role a small NGO can play in international development. Both before and since her trip she has been volunteering for KickStart Ghana on future business plans and research. Anna, an LSE MSc graduate, now works for the OECD in Paris.
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Gareth Robinson – A Ghana summary

Thank you to Leeds Beckett University for allowing us to share this post. The original can be seen on their website.

Gareth Robinson, second year Sport and Exercise Science student, spent six weeks making a difference last summer in Ho, Ghana.

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Gareth volunteered on a joint project between Leeds Beckett University and KickStart Ghana during the summer of 2015. Here is what Gareth had to say about his experience.
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Assisting Coco to go on to further education

We are delighted to announce that KickStart Ghana is assisting Eric Coco Mawuenyegah, a KickStart Ghana board member, with his school fees to attend Ho Polytechnic. Coco has been volunteering for KickStart Ghana for five years now, most recently as Volunteer Coordinator, helping to recruit and manage Ghanaian volunteers. Coco had the following to say.

IMG-20151216-WA0003“Look at me, you see a professional right?!? Hahah. Well not yet, this is me after my lectures.

When I was least expecting to be back studying, though still dreaming of the possibility, KickStart Ghana chose this moment to make this dream come true.

I feel very privileged and lucky to be part of KickStart Ghana’s plans of raising the education standards in the Volta Region of Ghana.

I’m pursuing my HND in ICT at Ho Polytechnic, which will soon become Ho Polytechnic University. This is possible because KickStart Ghana decided to give me a scholarship. I can boldly say that with KickStart Ghana I have not just changed a chapter of my life but I have changed the whole book! I am writing a new life story.”

Thank you to all of KickStart Ghana’s supporters for working with us to help people like Coco achieve his potential.

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Fundraise for KickStart Ghana whilst spending online

KickStart Ghana has signed up to Easy Fundraising, a website that donates a percentage of sales from purchases made online to charities. This best part about this is that it costs our supporter absolutely nothing.

All you have to do is complete the easy online form, install the reminder tool bar, and every time you go to a website that participates then you will get a reminder. It really is that easy and perfect with lots of Christmas shopping coming up!

Don’t hesitate to sign up and thank you in advance from everyone at KickStart Ghana.

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kickstartghana/?u=30CCBX

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KickStart Ghana fundraising auction

At the KickStart Ghana fundraising dinner with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Unwined in Tooting on October 22nd we will be holding an auction with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. These include:

  • Two tickets to see England v Pakistan Test Match at the Oval (winner can choose which day).
  • A homemade and decorated Christmas Cake.
  • Two tickets to see Fuse ODG, with guests including Sarkodie at the Hammersmith Apollo on November 26th.
  • A money-can’t-buy behind the scenes tour of the BT Sport studio
  • Two exclusive tickets to see The Tootsie Rollers at The Troubadour and meet the girls on the night.

We will also give you the chance to win a meal for two at Unwined in Tooting, up to the value of £50. Generously donated by Unwined in Tooting.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to bid please email info@kickstartghana.org with your maximum bid amount and we will include this in the auction.

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KickStart Ghana annual dinner

1385646_267330213391819_1695057468_nKickStart Ghana is having a fundraising night hosted by Unwined in Tooting with food provided by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. There will be delicious Ghanaian food, copious amounts of specially selected wine, a fundraising auction and a few more surprises. Plus you’ll get to hear about all the fantastic work the charity has been up to over the past year.

When: 22nd October, from 7pm.
Where: Unwined in Tooting within Tooting Market (two minutes walk from Tooting Broadway).
Ticket booking website: http://bit.ly/DMNKICKSTARTGHANA

Tickets are £30 for a fixed menu of Zoe’s favourite dishes.
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Volunteerism in Ghana: Alive and well

One of our trustees, Dave Coles, was in Ghana recently, and he was glad to see more initiatives involving Ghanaians in volunteering. Read his original entry on his blog.

Volunteering in Ghana has been a big industry for a long time now. But when people think of volunteers in Ghana they often think of people flying from all over the world to work on a number of projects (some good and some not so good). However, over the last couple of years we’ve seen an increase in the recognition and promotion of Ghanaians volunteering. This can is a positive development and something that deserves to be highlighted.
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First week of Summer School

The latest blog from our Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry.

Summer School

Summer school started on Monday 3 August 2015. I joined the volunteers for the first day to ensure everyone was in the right place. As the volunteers and I had had a week to prepare for summer school, they were keen to get started, so there was a pleasant mix of excitement and anticipation on that first day; the volunteers were more than ready to get stuck in.
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Touring Accra

The third blog of the summer from our 2015 Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry.

Off the Tourist Track – Nima Highway Tours

Located just off the Ring Road close to the heart of Accra, you enter into a series of slums and markets. One of these villages is Nima. I admit that I had never heard of the village before and had no idea what to expect when I booked us on to the tour. It turned out to be an eye-opening experience…

Gareth, Faith and I departed from a taxi at Nima Roundabout to find a man waving at us – I hoped that this would be Charles, the tour guide. Charles is local to the town and has lived there all his life. He’s aim is to show tourists, and anyone that is interested, what life is really like, illustrating that people work hard in tough conditions. You can find out more on his Facebook page.

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Buses and summer school

A new post from our 2015 Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry.

St Cecilia’s School

In preparation for the volunteers arriving and starting summer school, I was invited to St Cecelia’s (our partner school) to discuss the final details such as class sizes etc. I went with Dan, KSG’s Chair of Trustees in Ghana, Coco, the Ghanaian Volunteer Coordinator and Divine, one of KSG’s Ghanaian Trustees and fellow volunteer at the summer school.

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