Help Us to Finish Building Classrooms in Ghana

by Mati Roberts in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

£3,686

raised so far

114

supporters

We are raising money to finish building the classrooms we desperately need to be able to accommodate our new intake of pupils, due to start.

by Mati Roberts in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 22nd December 2020 we'd raised £2,631 with 97 supporters in 21 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

If we are lucky enough to meet our target, our stretch target will go towards paying people to help Kofi complete the build. 

Any money left over will go towards buying the furniture and learning supplies needed, then to help with the day to day costs of running the school. 


We need your help! Dyn ni angen eich cymorth!

We are raising money to enable us to continue building the additional classrooms that we desperately require to accommodate our new intake of pupils, due to start as soon as possible.                                                             

The school was set up by a local builder, Kofi, who bought a plot of land on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana, in order to build some small flats to rent. He realised that although having flats to rent would be beneficial for him, it wouldn’t really benefit the local community, so, he decided to change it into a small school and also provide an outside well for the community.

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I got to know Kofi when I was volunteering as a nurse in Ghana and I was so impressed by his passion and drive to help others and improve education in Ghana. He was the first generation of his family to be educated and feels very passionately about the great importance of a good education.

In 2016, Kofi asked if I would like to be involved with the school. It opened in 2018 with 36 pupils and quickly grew to 126 pupils, with a long waiting list keen to start.

Kofi and I have been working hard to build additional classrooms to meet this demand and to build a library for all the books kindly collected and donated. Half of this build was done before March 2020, but, since the COVID19 pandemic, things have changed dramatically.

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Usually, so that the school can be as self sufficient as possible, families who can afford to pay a contribution pay towards their education (which is far lower than for local government schools!) and I pay the fees for the children whose families are not able to contribute. This money then covers most of the wages for teachers and staff, so that we can continue to build the school with money made by our small businesses.

Unfortunately, now there is no money coming in, as the school had to close in March and Kofi’s business has been severely affected by the COVID19 pandemic. So it has not been possible to do the intended building work.

Luckily, alongside my business Matico, I work part time as a nurse, so I have been able to give all money from Matico sales to pay the staff wages. The teachers have been absolutely incredible during these challenging times. At the beginning of every week, they prepare work for the pupils and then deliver these workbooks and exercises to every one of the 205 pupils currently enrolled at the school. They then pick up this work on Thursdays and mark it on Fridays. It has been amazing to see how they have worked together to ensure that every pupil is continuing to learn despite the school being closed. The school gates are left open, so that any pupil in need of support or a hot meal can pop in.

The Minister of Education in Ghana has announced that they are hoping to reopen schools in Ghana on the 21st of January 2021. So we now urgently need to raise funds to complete the build as soon as possible.

We need around £1,800 to buy the building supplies needed, so that Kofi can finish building the classrooms and the library.

Any donation, big or small, would be INCREDIBLY HELPFUL and very gratefully received!

Diolch o galon! Thank you so much!!

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£4 or more

Pay a Teacher’s Wage for a Day

A £4 pledge can pay for a teacher’s wage for 1 day

£5 or more

Feed 10 children

£5 pledge will pay for a nutritious hot breakfast and lunch for 10 children at the school in Ghana

£10 or more

Buy a Mask - Give a Mask

For each mask you purchase, a mask will be donated to those in need in the local community in Accra. Each mask you receive will be a unique Matico mask made with the fabric offcuts after making Matico lampshades. They are reusable, cotton, triple layered masks with an interlining and shapable metal nose piece, along with soft elastic and silicone adjusters for a perfect, comfortable fit.

£10 or more

Feed a Child at School for 1 month

£10 pledge will pay for a nutritious hot breakfast and lunch for a child for a whole month at the school in Ghana

£12 or more

Cardiff Indie Collective Loyalty Card

Cardiff Indie Collective Loyalty Card to pledge to shopping local. Visit https://cardiffindiecollective.co.uk/ to see all the amazing, local independents who are offering discounts and special offers.

£15 or more

Box of Delicious Hathren Homemade Brownies

12 brownie cartref moethus Hathren, llawn siocled o'u ffermdy yn Sir Gar, wedi eu postio i'r drws! 12 homemade, luxurious Hathren brownies, full of chocolate from their farm in Carmarthenshire, posted straight to your door! Perfect to treat yourself or a loved one at home during lockdown. Check out Hathren Brownies website to see all the flavours you can choose from!

£20 or more

Framed Embroidered Welsh Lady by Crefft Tŷ

Gorgeous freehand embroidered Welsh lady in wooden frame Ledi Gymreig mewn brodwaith ffram bren If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£20 or more

£20 Matico Gift Voucher

£20 Gift Card to send to a loved one so they can choose their perfect Matico piece - can be used to buy any Matico piece online or in markets

£20 or more

50 Large Building Blocks

A £20 pledge will help us to buy 50 large building blocks to enable us to finish building the classrooms. You will receive pictures of the progress and the finished classrooms

£20 or more

Stiwdio Mwclai £20 Gift Voucher

Stiwdio Mwclai is a Cardiff based business making gorgeous, modern, statement jewellery with polymer clay. £20 Gift Voucher is a perfect gift for yourself or for a loved one. Visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StiwdioMwclai to see what's available. Mae stiwdio Mwclai yn busnes lleol sy'n neud gemwaith unigryw yn defnyddio clai polymer. Ewch draw i https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StiwdioMwclai i weld beth sydd ar gael.

£23 or more

Ameow Designs Rose and Peony Teardrop Studs

Unique, striking, rose, peony and gold resin studs by Ameow Designs. Ameow Designs specialises in capturing the beauty of nature and dried flowers with resin to create contemporary jewellery and accessories. If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£24 or more

Teaset by Swedish Illustrator P Arrheniu

This wonderful Feminist inspired tin tea set is very kindly donated by The Art Cupboard's shop at The Bone Yard in Cardiff. The tea set in striking bold colours, featuring a retro design that Ingela P Arrhenius is famous for. Each illustration highlights famous women such as Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart. There's a gorgeous teapot, two dinky cups for dinky hands and two saucers with a cute little suitcase to carry them.

£28 or more

Katherine Jones - Cardiff Bay Skyline Print

Pen, ink and watercolour drawing of the iconic Cardiff Bay skyline'. This artwork captures a panoramic view of the area by a modern welsh artist, and shows various modern and famous buildings and cultural attractions including: the Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh Assembly (Senedd), the historic Pierhead Building and the iconic Norwegian Church. Mounted size: 20" x 6"

£30 or more

A New Form Geometric Cufflinks

These gorgeous geometric cufflinks combine carefully etched eco-friendly sustainable walnut wood with your choice of either reclaimed brushed steel, brass or copper. If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£30 or more

£30 Matico Gift Voucher

£30 Gift Card to send to a loved one so they can choose their perfect Matico piece - can be used to buy any Matico piece online or in markets

£30 or more

Buy a Pupil's School Books for 1 Year

A £30 pledge can pay for child's school books for 1 year You will receive a thank you card and pictures of the books in use

£35 or more

Rhian Kate Chunky Silver Hexyhoops

Gorgeous pair of chunky silver hexagon hoops, sustainably made by Rhian Kate using eco silver. These are a good everyday earring and a slylish alternative to the traditional silver hoops. If you’d like this reward by Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£38 or more

Small Matico Lampshade

Small Matico Lampshade in your favourite Matico fabric Diameter x Height: 20cm x 20cm All shades are suitable for ceiling pendant, table and floor lamps

£40 or more

£40 Matico Gift Voucher

£40 Gift Card to send to a loved one so they can choose their perfect Matico piece - can be used to buy any Matico piece online or in markets

£40 or more

100 Building Block to finish classroom

A £40 pledge will help us to buy around 100 building blocks to enable us to finish building the classrooms. You will receive a thank you card and pictures of the progress, the pictures of the finished classrooms

£48 or more

Medium Matico Lampshade

Medium Matico Lampshade in your favourite Matico fabric Diameter x Height: 30cm x 21cm All shades are suitable for ceiling pendant, table and floor lamps

£50 or more

Feed 100 Children

£50 pledge will pay for a nutritious hot breakfast and lunch for 100 children at the school in Ghana

£50 or more

£50 Matico Gift Voucher

£50 Gift Card to send to a loved one so they can choose their perfect Matico piece - can be used to buy any Matico piece online or in markets

£58 or more

Large Matico Lampshade

Large Matico Lampshade in your favourite Matico fabric Diameter x Height: 40cm x 26cm All shades are suitable for ceiling pendant, table and floor lamps

£60 or more

£60 Matico Gift Voucher

£60 Gift Card to send to a loved one so they can choose their perfect Matico piece - can be used to buy any Matico piece online or in markets

£60 or more

Limited Edition Print by Gwyn Roberts

Crib Goch a'r Wyddfa 38cm x 45cm artist proof limited edition print by Welsh artist Gwyn Roberts If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£80 or more

Pay a Teacher's Wage for 1 Month

An £80 pledge will pay for a teacher's wage for one month. This will enable to children to be able to continue learning and a chance to achieve their dreams.

£100 or more

Sponsor a Child's Education for 1 year

Sponsor a child's education to be able to achieve his/her dreams. The money will buy text and exercise books, uniforms, transportation to and from school, toiletries and food for the child for a whole year. You will receive information about the child and the school and letters and drawings.

£100 or more

Gift - Sponsor a Child's Education for 1 Year

Send someone you care about the most meaningful gift - Sponsor a child's education to enable them to achieve their dreams. The money will buy text and exercise books, uniforms, transportation to and from school, toiletries and food for the child for a whole year. A card and information about the children and the school will be gift wrapped and sent. They will receive letters and drawings in 2021.

£850 or more

Gwyn Roberts Oil on Canvas Painting

Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon 50cm x 40cm oil on canvas painting by Welsh artist Gwyn Roberts If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£1,000 or more

Sponsor the School Library

A personalised placard at the entrance of the library with your name / your company's name as a sponsor. Pictures of the library being enjoyed and used by the children. Thank you cards from the children and teachers who will be extremely grateful to be able to have a quiet place to read, study and keep all the books we have collected.

£5 or more

Nourishing Flow Yoga with Mel Thursdays 6pm -Skype

A nourishing flow with Mel will be an opportunity to land, to cleanse and to feel replenished after a full day. The class it will include different asanas and sequences every week to realign the body, mind and soul and reconnect to the self. A chance to work and cleanse the body, but also a chance to release and ground down, guided by the breath. The class will leave you feeling restored and nourished both mentally and physically.

£10 or more

Print gan Shnwcs / Print by Shnwcs

Eich dewis o un o brintiau hyfryd Shnwcs. Your choice of one of Shnwcs wonderful print. See https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Shnwcs to see what's available

£15 or more

Gweni - Fireside Luxury Soy Candle

Cannwyll soi 'Yr Aelwyd' Musky, masculine, and yet sweet too, this gorgeous candle is a perfect gift, to yourself as well to others! Featuring a complex mix of bergamot, lemon leaf, eucalyptus, amber, frankincense and musk, this is a crowd pleaser, and is suitable for every home. If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

£20 or more

A New Form - Claire Statement Stud Earrings

These striking, geometric statement studs combine carefully etched eco-friendly sustainable walnut wood with your choice of pink, blue or aqua green Formica. Sterling silver earring posts and butterflies. Earring size: 24mm x 20mm Each piece will be presented in a handmade designer box made from 100% recycled paper

£22 or more

Sole Salvation Foot Balm by Old Faithful

Your feet work hard for you. They support & carry you all day long. They probably deserve some love. Our Sole Salvation, foot balm will supply just that. It will help to keep your feet in great shape. Night after night, it will nourish, soothe & protect. Rich & nourishing oils of Coconut, Avocado, Mango and Shea will make your feet feel better again. The anti-inflammatory action of German Chamomile and Calendula will soothe and repair.

£27 or more

Makers’ Balm - miracle hand balm by Old Faithful

Originally made for ceramicists whose hands dry out while working, the Balm contains Shea Butter which moisturises and protects while the Calendula acts as anti-inflammatory for dry, chapped skin. It has a deep scent of Vetiver & Patchouli and the woody scent of Elemi which tops it off. Whether you're working at the lathe or at the desk, or have dry hands from the cold & hand sanitisers - Maker's Balm from Old Faithful is what your hands need!

£45 or more

1 hour Holistic Massage

One hour Holistic Massage with Rhian Pitt Holistic Massage - Whether you've got a busy brain, achy body, or you just fancy some time out, a holistic massage can help the brain and body to wind down, reset and recharge. If you’d like this reward before Christmas, please pledge by 14/12/20, Mati will then message you to get delivery details.

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