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KickStart Ghana dinner 2017

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KickStart Ghana is delighted to be hosting its annual Fundraising Dinner at Unwined in Tooting, a delightfully quirky wine bar, in Tooting Market. Zoe Adjonyoh from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will be providing the food, so you will be able to sample a delicious selection of typical Ghanaian dishes.

When: 22nd March at 7pm
Where: Unwined in Tooting, Tooting Market

Tickets are just £25.00 per person and, of course, include the buffet style meal. Additionally, we will be giving £5.00 worth of raffle tickets to everyone attending.

TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT.

The menu includes the following favourites all of which, apart from the Jollof chicken, are vegetarian:

Nkatsekwan
Jollof spiced chicken
Jollof rice
Kelewele
Red Red
Shito as a side condiment

You will have the opportunity to purchase just the right wine, beer or soft drink to complement your meal from the excellent selection available at Unwined – their staff will be happy to help you choose!

During the evening there will be an update on the achievements of KickStart Ghana over the last year, an auction of promises and a raffle, plus a few surprises along the way!

Get feasting and get funding for KickStart Ghana!

About the venue:

Unwined is a wine shop, bar & kitchen in Tooting Market, created by pop-up wine company A Grape Night In. Here you can expect to find a welcoming space, filled with quirky wines, monthly changing themes and guest chefs taking over the kitchen.

About Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen:

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is a dining event and catering service which merges its Ghanaian roots with a contemporary dining experience. Home spun, home cooked food. Always fun, always relaxed and always tasty… Zoe has her first cook book coming out imminently and has recently appeared on Channel 4 with Jamie Oliver.

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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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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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2014 Summer School review

The KickStart Ghana summer school is one our favourite projects. In 2014 we worked with St Cecilia School to offer 70 of their year 6 children the chance to receive extra-curricular and non-compulsary education. This took for the form of curriculum lessons with Ghanaian teachers and extra-curricular lessons with volunteers. We have been delighted with the feedback from students and teachers alike and the full report can be read here.

Highlights include:

  • 100% of the children felt they learnt a lot during the school
  • 97% look forward to continuing their educations
  • 93% would like to return to summer school next year
  • Teachers felt that both they and the students learnt a lot during the school.

We would like to say a particularly big thank you to YTFN and the Total Foundation for their support of our summer club.

 

 

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2014 KickStart Ghana review

What a year it has been for KickStart Ghana! Another successful summer school combing the best of Ghanaian teachers working alongside UK and Ghanaian volunteers. The ever popular reading club at St Cecilia school helping embed a love for literature amongst young Ghanaians. Dynamo FC has gone from strength to strength and other schools have continued to benefit from sporting equipment.

We also ran our first educational trip with the Essex Army Cadets, pairing up young people from the UK and Ghana to learn about each other and help create a new generation of global citizens.

In the UK we received funding from Total and The Youth Funding Network. We also had an incredible fundraiser, hosted by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, which raised over £3,000 and introduced lots of people to some yummy Ghanaian recipes and flavours. We recruited two new trustees and can’t wait to work with them next year.

Finally, we had our softball team continuing to take on the big boys in the charity softball league.

We’d like to thank our fundraisers, supporters, volunteers and partners for making 2014 a wonderful year for the charity. We have plans to make 2015 even bigger and better so watch this space.

Check out some of our favourite photos below for our year in review.

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The power of sport in combating child poverty

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Every child deserves a chance of a bright future. For a child in poverty the stark reality is they may never have that chance. Worldwide an estimated 600 million children live in extreme poverty. For these children it’s not just their physical situation that negatively affects them. Poverty tells a child they are worthless, unloved and forgotten, robbing them of their hopes and dreams. Depriving them of a childhood.

Sport is a fundamental part of many cultures and is intrinsically linked to childhood. Sport has an ability to break down barriers, allowing even the poorest, most vulnerable child a chance to have fun and the ability to regain their childhood. Sport is by no means the single solution to ending child poverty however it can be a powerful tool if used within a wider toolkit.

The benefits of sport reach well beyond physical wellbeing. Through sporting activities children learn skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, fair play, respect and self-esteem. This in turn impacts on their education. Studies show children who participate in physical activities preform better at school and are more engaged, staying in school for longer. In a country such as Ghana where over 35 percent of children drop out before they reach junior secondary this is truly significant.

Student Engagement doesn’t just end in the classroom. Children who play sport are also more likely to be community minded, engage in community activities and go on to be leaders within their communities. During the time KickStart Ghana has been working in the Volta region we have seen children from our programs go on to lead the training sessions and coach younger players. This is all made possible though the commitment from the local communities and volunteers who have dedicated thousands of hours of volunteering and fundraising over the last seven years.

For many children in Ghana and across the world, sport gives them that brief moment to escape from the reality of poverty, giving them an opportunity to be a child again. The power of sport cannot be underestimated and it is why it is at the heart of what we do here at KickStart Ghana.

Written by Emily Laramy.

International Volunteering: A Shift in Thinking

Here is the third blog entry from our 2014 Volunteer Coordinator, Ruth Taylor.

As I sit here writing this blog (my third for KickStart Ghana), the world is facing a reality not ever experienced before. The human race, for the first time in history, is with the means to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth. We have the medicine, we have the knowledge, we have the money. All that remains to be seen is whether or not we have the will.

From my previous two posts, you’d be excused if you thought I’m some kind of hyper-critic of international volunteering in all its many forms – perhaps you even think I’d be on the side of seeing the discontinuation of the sector as a whole. Although, not entirely wrong, there is little I agree with more than the hugely transformative experience which volunteering abroad can bring about. If you want to learn about another culture and experience it first hand, if you want to form and develop relationships which span borders and oceans, if you want your acceptance of the status quo to be challenged wholeheartedly and your worldview to undergo detox and replenishment a thousand-fold, then volunteering overseas is your thing. Not all projects are going to tick the boxes – and of course much onus is on the mentality of the volunteer themselves and their willingness to be tried and tested – but when done right, when done in partnership and with longevity in mind, I truly believe that volunteering abroad has the potential to usher in a new, truly global form of citizenship whose repercussions could see the realities we so often choose to push to the back of our minds, label as ‘someone else’s responsibility’, or allow to cripple us under their immensity, be slowly but surely changed until the time when the world is spinning on a different type of axis – one of true equality, where the playing fields are level and people of all nations have every opportunity to succeed.

International volunteering is complicated – far more than the majority of people care to admit or are even aware of – and although, as a sector, we seem to have manoeuvred ourselves into a decidedly prickly corner, messing with people’s lives and livelihoods in the name of a current ‘Western trend,’ I still believe that out of the mire could come something beautiful.
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KickStart Ghana fundraising dinner raises over £3,000

On 11th July KickStart Ghana had a hugely successful fundraising dinner hosted by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. The night involved 44 KickStart Ghana supporters enjoying a wonderful three course dinner of Ghanaian food, eaten by hand with banana leaves for plates. KickStart Ghana chair David Thorp shared some of the successes of the charity over the past year and showed two videos highlighting our work.
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