COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Dream of helping Ghana schools remains alive

Opinion Apr 28, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

I am committed to a journey that began over 10 years ago. Please follow with me as I share this experience with you.

I met Dora Anie at a social event sometime in 2005 after she had just returned from her homeland of Ghana. As I was looking at the photos she had, I could not quite understand what she meant when she said that this was the school in her village.

This so-called school was merely a few seats under a tree and beside a small shack for storing school “supplies” at the end of the day.

As I looked closer, I noticed that some of the children standing around looked quite sad, so I asked Dora why this was so. Apparently, if the children did not have uniforms they felt that they did not fit in with the others.

This started me thinking about how I could help these children. Wow! I was instantly hooked, and to this day I have been Vice President of Ghana Schools of Dreams.

Because of the importance of education and the significant effect that a proper classroom has on the quality of education, it was not long after that we formed a board with the help of several other community members. All these members feel that it is a joy to work for these children who are so grateful for the positive learning environment we provide for them.

Before we completed our first school, children used to walk to the “school tree,” sometimes carrying wooden stools which they would take back home at the end of the day.

Quite often, children used to leave school at mid-day to go back home as they did not want to miss their only meal of the day. We have now built a kitchen so that they can have a meal and not miss any school.

These children have a great desire to learn, so we hope to continue raising money that will go directly to these villages to build schools.

On May 9, we are holding our annual "A Taste Of Africa” featuring African food, entertainment, prizes and more, at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Of the Resurrection, 821 Upper Wentworth St.

Tickets are $40; please call Aaron at 905-699-7233 or Dora at 905-978-3672.

We look forward to your support. Help us keep this dream alive!

Dawn Scaum is Vice President of Ghana Schools of Dreams (ghanaschoolsofdreams.com). If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Dream of helping Ghana schools remains alive

Opinion Apr 28, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

I am committed to a journey that began over 10 years ago. Please follow with me as I share this experience with you.

I met Dora Anie at a social event sometime in 2005 after she had just returned from her homeland of Ghana. As I was looking at the photos she had, I could not quite understand what she meant when she said that this was the school in her village.

This so-called school was merely a few seats under a tree and beside a small shack for storing school “supplies” at the end of the day.

As I looked closer, I noticed that some of the children standing around looked quite sad, so I asked Dora why this was so. Apparently, if the children did not have uniforms they felt that they did not fit in with the others.

On May 9, we are holding our annual A Taste Of Africa” featuring African food, entertainment, prizes and more, at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Of the Resurrection

This started me thinking about how I could help these children. Wow! I was instantly hooked, and to this day I have been Vice President of Ghana Schools of Dreams.

Because of the importance of education and the significant effect that a proper classroom has on the quality of education, it was not long after that we formed a board with the help of several other community members. All these members feel that it is a joy to work for these children who are so grateful for the positive learning environment we provide for them.

Before we completed our first school, children used to walk to the “school tree,” sometimes carrying wooden stools which they would take back home at the end of the day.

Quite often, children used to leave school at mid-day to go back home as they did not want to miss their only meal of the day. We have now built a kitchen so that they can have a meal and not miss any school.

These children have a great desire to learn, so we hope to continue raising money that will go directly to these villages to build schools.

On May 9, we are holding our annual "A Taste Of Africa” featuring African food, entertainment, prizes and more, at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Of the Resurrection, 821 Upper Wentworth St.

Tickets are $40; please call Aaron at 905-699-7233 or Dora at 905-978-3672.

We look forward to your support. Help us keep this dream alive!

Dawn Scaum is Vice President of Ghana Schools of Dreams (ghanaschoolsofdreams.com). If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Dream of helping Ghana schools remains alive

Opinion Apr 28, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

I am committed to a journey that began over 10 years ago. Please follow with me as I share this experience with you.

I met Dora Anie at a social event sometime in 2005 after she had just returned from her homeland of Ghana. As I was looking at the photos she had, I could not quite understand what she meant when she said that this was the school in her village.

This so-called school was merely a few seats under a tree and beside a small shack for storing school “supplies” at the end of the day.

As I looked closer, I noticed that some of the children standing around looked quite sad, so I asked Dora why this was so. Apparently, if the children did not have uniforms they felt that they did not fit in with the others.

On May 9, we are holding our annual A Taste Of Africa” featuring African food, entertainment, prizes and more, at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Of the Resurrection

This started me thinking about how I could help these children. Wow! I was instantly hooked, and to this day I have been Vice President of Ghana Schools of Dreams.

Because of the importance of education and the significant effect that a proper classroom has on the quality of education, it was not long after that we formed a board with the help of several other community members. All these members feel that it is a joy to work for these children who are so grateful for the positive learning environment we provide for them.

Before we completed our first school, children used to walk to the “school tree,” sometimes carrying wooden stools which they would take back home at the end of the day.

Quite often, children used to leave school at mid-day to go back home as they did not want to miss their only meal of the day. We have now built a kitchen so that they can have a meal and not miss any school.

These children have a great desire to learn, so we hope to continue raising money that will go directly to these villages to build schools.

On May 9, we are holding our annual "A Taste Of Africa” featuring African food, entertainment, prizes and more, at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Of the Resurrection, 821 Upper Wentworth St.

Tickets are $40; please call Aaron at 905-699-7233 or Dora at 905-978-3672.

We look forward to your support. Help us keep this dream alive!

Dawn Scaum is Vice President of Ghana Schools of Dreams (ghanaschoolsofdreams.com). If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.