At the heart of Accra, Ghana, lies the Anumle Electoral Area, a community where the quest for quality education is met with formidable challenges. The rising inflation rate, coupled with the economic struggles faced by many, has pushed countless families into poverty. In this environment, the Fafali Organization took a stand, determined to make a difference in the lives of the underserved children of the Anumle Electoral Area. On September 20th, 2023, at Unity Baptist School in Christian Village, Accra, our organization embarked on a heartwarming mission to distribute books and school supplies as part of our commitment to education and community development.
Our journey began earlier in the year with the launch of the second edition of “Operation 20K,” a school supply fundraiser with an ambitious goal of collecting 20,000 pieces of essential school supplies for the children ofthe Anumle Electoral Area. The need was clear, and the response was overwhelming. We reached out to local and international organizations, schools, individuals, and religious bodies, sharing our mission and seeking support. The outpouring of generosity was inspiring, with major donors like Colexio Manuel Peleteiro from Spain, Steve Wilson, the Vineyard Foundation, and the East Legon Football Academy stepping up to make a significant impact.
Chief Executive Officer of the Fafali Organization, Senyo Sosu, expressed gratitude to all donors who made this possible and how excited he is that the organization continues to prioritize the needs of its community above everything else.
“I would like to most importantly thank Colexio Manuel Peleteiro for their major donation towards this school supply fundraiser project. I would also like to thank the Vineyard Foundation, Mr. Steve Wilson, the East Legon Football Academy and each and everyone who contributed towards this successful fundraiser. We couldn’t have done it without you all” Mr. Sosu said.
He also added “As an organization with a mission to empower the youth of Africa with education, training and character – enabling them to act upon their future and enriching their local communities and Africa as a whole, we are excited to be the one organization that continues to come up with initiatives that helps curb the difficulties of parents in our communities.”
While we fell short of our ambitious target, we successfully collected approximately 14,000 school supplies, including notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, crayons, and file folders. These supplies were distributed to over 300 children in our various programs with 200 more children expected to receive their share as this will accommodate students who are out of town due to the school break, as well as junior and senior high students who we haven’t given to yet, a substantial increase from the previous year, demonstrating the growing community engagement in our cause. Each child received a minimum of 20 books, with some receiving up to 25 books, tailored to their grade or class. The distribution took place at Unity Baptist School, where we witnessed the transformative power of community-driven initiatives.
The Fafali Organization believes that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and Operation 20K embodies our commitment to this cause. We understand that challenges persist, but with the support of our donors and the dedication of our team, we are making strides towards a brighter future for the children of the Anumle Electoral Area. This initiative serves as a testament to the impact that a united community can have on young lives, nurturing dreams and potential with every book and supply placed into eager hands. As we look ahead, we have learned valuable lessons and are committed to early fundraising and engaging more local donors to ensure sustainability and continued community support.
We engaged some recipients of the school supplies who shared their excitement about the initiative.
Bernice Folly, a participant of our Dzidefo Girls’ Leadership Club said, “I am grateful to the Fafali Organization for giving me these items (school supplies) as it will take the burden off my parents for the upcoming school year.”
Prince Adjei, a participant of our Golf & Goal project also alluded to Bernice’s excitement by sharing that, “I am very happy to have received these books, pens, and pencils and I cannot wait for the start of the new school year. Thank you Fafali (Organization).”
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who generously donated to make this school supplies donation possible. Your contributions are helping us make a profound difference in the lives of these students, giving them the tools they need to succeed in their educational journey. Together, we are building a future where every child in the Anumle Electoral Area has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. The Fafali Organization is proud to be a part of this transformative journey, and we invite you to join us as we continue to make a positive impact on our community.
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