Australian Sponsorship 4 African Kids (AS4AK)
Greetings – From the Chair
I am delighted to continue in my role as the chair of AS4AK and look forward to a successful year of fundraising in 2019.
Maria Panagiotidis continues as the Deputy Chair and the Patron is Mrs Nicola Downer AM.
This year we continue to support the ngo BASICS International’s safe haven day centre, in Chorkor Ghana called Nana’s House, that enables children to turn their lives around with the wonderful resources made available to them there before and after school.
Many of the children attending Nana’s House have wandered in from the streets and local beaches and are given a chance at a better life through life skill training, health education and mentoring as well as a hot nutritional meal each day.
At least 100 children visit the safe haven each day for assistance with their homework and for private tutoring. They also participate in extracurricular activities including computer training, sewing, music and dance, cooking, art, poetry, sports, drama and film making among other activities.
The team at Nana’s House provides support and encouragement to the children to keep attending school on a regular basis to break the cycle of illiteracy, child labour, teenage pregnancy and poverty in their lives.
The house itself (that our past fundraising has helped to build) is a three storey facility comprising a computer lab, a sewing room, a home economics and catering kitchen, a library and more recently a music studio.
We have joined The Donate Planet website and would appreciate any generous donations you make to our charity via that website.
I look forward to your continued support in 2019 and beyond.
MOVIE NIGHT 2020 - MILITARY WIVES
Tickets are now on sale for our 2020 Movie Night...
Join us for a special screening of Military Wives on Tuesday, 10 March at Piccadilly Cinema in North Adelaide.
The movie will be followed by drinks, supper, lucky seat and raffle draw. All funds raised go directly towards AS4AK’s work to support the education and development of underprivileged street kids at Nana’s House in Chorkor, Accra, Ghana.
This is a night not to be missed!
For all the details and to book your tickets click the button below.
Update from Nana's House
On 26 June 2017 BASICS board member, Jess O'Farrell, attended the AS4AK Board meeting. She gave a presentation to the Board and detailed the recent work being done at Nana's House, as well as showing some interesting footage of the facility and the many students who use it.
Jess, who is based in Melbourne is also the PR & Marketing Manager for BASICS, so she was able to offer some practical advice to the Board on marketing strategies. To assist us, she is going to make some videos that can be shown to potential corporate sponsors and others to help continue with raising much needed funds.
The Board is grateful to Jess for the time and effort she has put in to helping AS4AK.
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AS4AK Board member Dorinda Hafner attended the Rostrevor College Junior Campus in late 2016 to receive a donation of $551.20 from school captain Cameron Tunno. The presentation was made at a special assembly held under the watchful eye of the Director of the Junior Campus, Geoff Aufderheide.
To raise the money Cameron had visited every classroom and spoken about AS4AK and the work of Nana’s program. He encouraged the young boys to donate by talking about the very poor and exploited children in Ghana who as a result of the safe house now have a chance of a better life through education.
The funds raised were a record for the Junior Campus and are intended to be used to purchase a mobile computer for use at Nana’s House.
Cameron had recently come into a bit of luck and had won a small hand-held computer. He generously donated that to the children of Nana’s House too.
On 11 January 2017 in Chokor, the SA President of the Ghana Association, Emmanuel Ashong, presented the children at Nana’s house with the funds raised, the computer and some biros donated by Leader Computers Pty Ltd.
Giving at Christmas
Instead of buying Christmas presents for each other, the members of the Martens family of North Adelaide put that money together and donated $400 to the Ghana Relief Fund.
We are very grateful to the Martens family and others who donate in this way. Why not follow their example this Christmas? Your kind donations make such a difference to the poor children at Nana’s House.
Australian Sponsorship 4 African Kids (AS4AK)
This sponsorship Fund was initiated in 2006 by the irrepressible Television Chef, noted Food Anthropologist, Author and Public Speaker, Dorinda Hafner, in memory of her mother, Awula Elizabeth Naa Lamiley Bannerman-Addy, a life-long champion of children, especially the underprivileged.
Australian Sponsorship 4 African Kids is a sponsorship fund which will continue to raise money for the advancement of kids in need in not only Ghana, West Africa, but eventually, projects all over Africa, and those that Elizabeth Bannerman-Addy's vision and passion would be proud to support.
As a humble beginning, in 2006 AS4AK first raised money for the children at VisionPort International School founded by the proprietor, Joy Addy and situated at the family home at Mamprobi, Accra in Ghana, West Africa.
In 2007 AS4AK's work in Ghana continued with support for another local and equally worthwhile children's centre - BASICS, headed by Ms. Pat Wilkins. Announcements of further AS4AK activities will be made soon. Please return often to find out more about what we are doing and soon we will be able to let you know what you can do if you would like to participate.
It takes one to help
Video courtesy of Scott O'Halloran, BASICS Ambassador
On a very warm November day we recently held our annual AKWAABA (meaning ‘welcome’ in the Ashanti language from Ghana) fundraising garden party in the grounds of Dulwich House.
The owners, Viv and Florence Padman, very generously made their beautiful garden available to us from the hours of 10am to 4pm and our patrons were able to enjoy garden tours conducted throughout the day by historians Wendy Joyner and Cas Middlemis.
Highlights of the day included sumptuous cooking demonstrations by the vivacious founder of the charity Dorinda Hafner, a superb performance by the African Children’s Choir, Devonshire teas and bustling local market produce and craft stalls. We raised $10,920 for the disadvantaged children of Ghana.
Once again we thank our generous sponsors and volunteers who made the day such an outstanding success.
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