Hello. Thank you first of all for even clicking on this link. Thank you secondly for taking the time to read this!
My name is Paula. I'm in Ghana, Africa studying abroad until May 2012. So far I have been here for 6 weeks. I am volunteering at a school called Anani Memorial International School (AMIS). Just like most people who travel to a 3-world country, I have stumbled upon a problem I want to help fix.
to learn more about this problem check out my blog www.paulainghana.com
Long story short, here are the facts:
- AMIS has 12 teachers who need to get paid next week Friday March 2nd
- The teachers are not getting a fair salary because students cannot pay their school fees, but the Principal still allows them to come to school every day
- Students are supposed to pay 10 Ghana Cedis a month which is $6.25 US Dollars, but most families can't pay that and owe the school fees
- Currently the teachers are receiving 80-120 GHC which is $50- $75 a month, which is not enough to live on
- Teachers are taking a big hit at this school and are the only ones affected by the lack of money coming into the school
After taking attendance and collecting school fees for the month of February, it is pretty obvious the Principal is yet again going to have to pay the teachers close to nothing for their work this month. I am currently working on a website for the school, that they can use to raise money and update with their needs. There will be a teacher sponsorship program on the website to help raise money for these teachers. This website is no where close to being finished. I was going to wait to raise money for the teachers when the website was complete, but being here, being with the teachers, hearing the Principal say over and over again "we have to pay the teachers next week, we need school fees, I don't know what to do", contributed to the creation of this donor page.
This GoFundMe sight will just be a one time fundraiser for these teachers, while I continue to work on the website. My goal is to raise $1780.00 US Dollars which is 2,848 Ghana Cedis. This would pay each teacher the desired amount for their salary of the month of February.
I really hope to create website & program to provide these teachers with a reasonable salary each month, this is just the first step towards the solution.
Thank you so much!