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December: Newsletter 6 The Friends Foundation, Ghana

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December: Christmas card 2013 (cooperation with ISocial) + Christmas wish

Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”Archives 2012

Christmas Card 2013

December: Christmas card 2012/2013.
The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes that your dreams come true in 2013!

December: Review 2012 & New Years wish 2013 (from the chairwoman Noor van Hout of The Dreams in Africa Foundation)
“Dear friends of The Dreams in Africa Foundation,
The new year is already here and 2012 has flown by! I think that most of you share this feeling with me and sometimes we don’t have or take the time to look back at what we have achieved over the past year. So I would like to use this opportunity to take a short flight back in time … …
For me personally, it was a particularly exciting year, with adventure, new experiences and challenges. From April 2012 until the end of the year, I was a ‘Project manager Education and Development’ for Meet Kate Foundation, a local NGO in Ghana. I used this time to improve the quality of care and education for young children, specifically through individual attention for the children and the training, guidance and support of local teachers. I had a lot of fun and satisfaction working in the children’s home, the day care and the new primary school, which officially opens at the end of January 2013. Now, after 9 months I can leave Meet Kate knowing that I have laid the groundwork for continued success!
Meet Kate (http://meetkate.org/) is a special organization with a high standard and a family atmosphere! With our motto; “Dream BIG and aim high!” I stand behind their method without a doubt. Although using help from outside, Meet Kate is supported by the local community and has the goal to eventually be self-sufficient. They pursue this goal through local initiatives (such as a chicken farm and cocoa plantation), so that the organization does not remain dependent on income from the richer northern hemisphere.
As most of you know, The Dreams in Africa Foundation supports another special local initiative; The Friends Foundation, consisting of a children’s home and primary school. They are also working hard to achieve a higher standard and self-sufficiency. You can read an update of recent work and results and plans for the coming years in the newsletter and budget of The Friends Foundation on our website (see post below).
I am keenly aware that my own work for Meet Kate has taken some attention away from Dreams in Africa. My apologies for this. However, this does not mean that the Dreams in Africa work has slowed down last year. On the contrary! Here is a short summary of all the work that we have accomplished in 2012:

1. Through my father’s birthday and my parents’ 30-year wedding anniversary, we were able to raise 1,850 euros for the construction of a new children’s home in Southern Ghana.
2. In addition, a Dutch group of students made a trip to Ghana in July and raised more than their target amount of 7,500 euros. These proceeds went towards the construction of the new children’s home and a mango tree plantation. The trip itself was also very successful and a great experience for all of us! For photos of this adventurous and educational youth trip, go to: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.398428483554036.93790.183473631716190&type=3
3. My “old” pa again took part in the Nijmeegse 4-day fundraising walk, raising 1,660 euros of donations. In consultation with the project manager for the Friends Foundation, these funds will be allocated.
4. After a short visit from Paul Hirschel and Caroline Dessing of the Julia Foundation to The Friends Foundation in Ghana, they kindly donated 1.500 euros to sponsor Senior Secondary School students.
5. With the same goal of sponsoring students, the Udens College also donated 1,500 euros after a presentation about our Foundation.
6. Our volunteer program: “Let’s go Ghana!” began with its first 4 volunteers for The Friends Foundation: Eva Relou, Suzanne Haus, Anja de Boer and Susan Hijmans. In addition, Anja and Susan independently took action to quickly raise 2,100 euros from family and friends within a couple of weeks, which was a very pleasant surprise. These funds will also go towards school tuition to benefit young people in the Senior Secondary School. Eva has teamed up with her family and sponsored a child of the orphanage to support in his school.
7. A total of 14 vulnerable children/youth of The Friends Foundation are now sponsored by our supporters. For our sponsors, see: http://dreamsinafrica.org/en/sponsoring/sponsoren-en-adoptieouders/
8. We still have the same number of friends (9) who support our daily work with a contribution of 5 euros per month. We hope that this number will grow in the coming year!
For those who would like to remain informed of the latest developments and news more frequently, please sign up on our Facebook page through the ‘Like’ button at: https://www.facebook.com/dreamsinafrica?ref=ts&sk=wall
In short, another successful year is complete! Without your support, commitment and confidence, we could not have done this. Our great thanks for this and, above all, we wish you all a very happy new year!!”

December: Newsletter 5 The Friends Foundation in Ghana
And a Calculation for the plans for this Decade (2012-2021)

September: Thank you now and forever (from the Projectmanager, David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana)
“Sorry for writing you late. This was due to heavy work load here as well as electricity problem. We want to thank you for all that you are doing for us, they are all marvellous. Since Noor introduced you to us, we have seen that you have done a lot for us. We pray that the Lord who brought you into our way repays you best. I David personally want to say a big thank you. During your current visit you still favoured me with a pair of beautiful shoes and also presents for the children. Noor also gave me a laptop which we are now using for the project. God richly bless you and the Dreams in Africa Foundation. A letter from the children will soon reach you. May the Lord give you long life and prosperity. All the children and the staff greet you all.”

Archives 2011

December: The Dreams in Africa Foundation wishes you Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

December: Newsletter 4 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

Augustus: Newsletter 3 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

July: Newsletter 2 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Newsletter 1 The Friends Foundation, Ghana.

May: Save the orphanage! (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Dear Friends, We are very pleased to hear that some of you have started to collect some money to save the Home. It makes us very happy to see that you are very concerned about the orphanage and its survival. With the little donations we had, we have been able to start to build the kitchen with store room and the well. The children are very happy about these positive changes. They are already using the compound and cooking in the kitchen.  Therefore we trust that the orphanage will not be closed down. Every social worker who will come to inspect the living place of the children will see that we try our best to reach the national standard and even we have all the needed documents to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO). The letters of some volunteers with the information that they will send some money can also be seen as an approval of the sustainability of the Home. We are very thankful to the donors who kept the local artisans at work up to this day. Now we are looking forward to receive some donations to complete the orphanage project. If you have collected some money we would be very happy if you do not hesitate to send it. We are also happy about a small amount. No amount of contribution is too small. Thank you very much for all your effort and long lasting friendship. All the best David, Victoria, all the children and staff.”

January: Donation Senior High School students (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “Thank you for all your effort to collect donations and to find a sponsor for Genevieve! We are very happy about it and the money is more than needed. All the Senior High School Students are still here due to the fact that up to now we cannot afford the school fees. Thus it’s good to hear that donations are on the way. Thanks again for all your support, may God bless you! David, Victoria, the children, staff and volunteers”

Archives 2010

June: A word of thanks (from the project manager David Kporfor, “The Friends Foundation”, Ghana). “I can just thank God that although I HAVE NOT GOT WEALTH IN THIS WORLD AS OTHER PEOPLE, MY JOY IS ALWAYS ON HOW GOD DID NOT LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE PROJECT, BUT ATTACHED PEOPLE OF LIKEMINDED, WHO HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOUCHED TO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO ENABLE THIS PROJECT TO BE ALIVE AND KICKING AND BE MY TEAM MATES! I hope more orphans and vulnerable children who are not yet borne will have a Home of Hope for their future. Very soon the major battle will be over. The victory is surely ours on behalf of the children now and the ones to come. A KALEAWO (warrior) never give up in battle. God richly bless your parents, brothers and people who have positively be behind you. Hope to hear from u again. Yours, David”

February: Letters of thanks (from two senior students of “Friends Children’s Home and Orphanage”, Ghana). “I am Simon Tekpa. I write to thank you for the money to assist me, my brothers and sisters in our Senior High School. I am now in Dzodze Senior High School and if it wasn’t because of your money or assistance I would not have gone to school. God will richly bless and reward you abundantly so that you can be to help to the end of our Senior High School. Thank you! Sincerely, Simon” “TO SHOW APPRECTIATION I just want to thank you for what you have done for us. We thank you for the love you have shown us and for all the money you spent because of us, especially the money you gave for my schooling. May God richly bless and reward you abundantly. And may every work that you do, begin and end successfully. Yours ever, Geoffrey Aforkpah”

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