A five-member delegation from Chaffinch Trust Limited, a UK charity established to encourage cooperation between charities serving people in disadvantaged areas has paid a three-day working visit to Ghana to explore areas of cooperation.
The delegation, which was led by its Founder; Ben Goss, held stakeholder meetings and explored avenues for collaboration and cooperation.
Other members of the team present were: Brian Kelly, Jane Reynolds, Andrew Cowderoy and Suzy Belcher.
The Charity run by a Management Team and a group of Advisors and Ambassadors, believes, “No act of co-operation is ever wasted”.
Mr Goss said the Charity supports people in organisations to work more closely for the greater benefit of all, adding:”We’re here to learn about Ghana, your needs and dreams and explore how we can collaborate.”
“The Trust brings a fresh approach to addressing the challenges of the disadvantaged and encourages collaboration and cooperation amongst groups serving,” he said.
It brings organisations together to address the issues of specific projects. It builds on the energy and commitment of those in existing organisations to create even more local, national and international partnerships in order to encourage greater opportunity.
The Trust has been working with other charities like Alves Primary School, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme students, Elizabeth Legacy of Hope, Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, Feedback Madagascar and Friends of Sick of Malawi.
Others are Gairloch High School, Habitat of Humanity, Inner Wheel, Nkhomo Mission Hospital, Opportunity International, Save the Children, The Raven Trust, The Round Square group of Schools and Gordonstoun.
The rest are Rotary International, Sight Savers, Telemedicine and the Swinfen Trust, Village by Village, the Wildlands Conservation Trust and St Nicholas Charity Tema Newtown.
The Management Team of the Trust strives to bring existing organisations and micro-financers around the table to do more, save cost, time and manpower so that the less fortunate in the society are able to get the opportunity to prosper.
The commitment of the Chaffinch Trust is over an extended period of time in order to ensure continuity and sustainability. The Trust is run by volunteers and there are no paid workers.
The Chaffinch Trust’ is a registered charity in Scotland, (SCO 43561) and a company limited by guarantee, (SC 436510).
In line with its mission the team met with the authorities of St Nicholas Preparatory School, established at Tema Manheam to offer free educational and vocational training to the expansive fishing community.
Pupils of the school entertained the guests with cultural drumming and dancing, while the naval cadet organised a parade, which was inspected by Mr Goss.
The delegation toured the classrooms and other facilities of the school to explore areas of support and collaboration.
The stakeholder meetings were attended by Professor Francis Dodoo, President of Ghana Athletics Association, who is advising the school on how to develop an athletics field for the whole community
Also present was Ms Joanne Milne, a volunteer, who was for many years Policy Director for the Centre Point Charity in the UK and is offering her expertise to help source sponsorship.
The team also paid a visit to Nii Adjei Kraku ll, Chief of Tema where they were presented with a traditional stool and other items as a way of showing appreciation for the visit.
Nii Kraku thanked the delegation for their good intentions and used the occasion to commend Deborah Eleazar and Captain Kappas of the Maria Tsakos Foundation for their efforts in initiating the St Nicholas Preparatory School project and their support to the Tema Manhean community.
St Nicholas School, which was officially opened in February 2012 offers pre-school education to disadvantaged children living in the surrounding shanty town, and are taught English, reading, writing and other classroom skills and is opening further classrooms so that the children could continue their education. Currently there are 90 children.
The children are provided with a school uniform, school books and writing material and are given breakfast, a fruit snack and a healthy lunch. They also receive treatment for any medical needs. Families pay only a nominal registration fee and all other costs are borne by the school.
The school is currently undertaking a major expansion project and seeking national and international sponsors.
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