RYTHM Foundation Sponsors E-Readers And Digital Books To Achievers Ghana

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RYTHM Foundation (RF), through its partnership with Worldreader, funded an e-reader project for Achievers Ghana by sponsoring 50 Kindle e-readers immaculately pre-loaded with 100 books. The concept here was instead of setting up libraries and filling them with physical books, these custom-designed e-readers would provide more flexibility and mobility for accessing books, in addition to providing more convenience in terms of space and cost.

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Worldreader (WR) is a non-profit organization providing e-reading facilities and digital books to rural and underprivileged schools in the African-Sub Saharan region. Apart from using technology to promote reading, WR also helps local authors from Africa and India to digitize and translate their books, encouraging local authors to write more and inspire young students to take up writing.

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Achievers Ghana is a program located in one of the biggest slums in West Africa that has a small, but thriving e-reading program. Currently, there are around 350 girls in their program and their main objective is to inspire, educate and equip girls in slum communities, focusing on reading and empowerment through a school-to-school reading program throughout the slum.

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On Friday, 17 March 2017, representing the Foundation, Mr. Krishna Kumar, Director of Business Development for the QI Group and Regional Director of Africa, and Mr. Nicholas Goh, Chief Operating Officer of Quest International University Perak (QIUP) traveled to Nima in Ghana to meet with representatives from both Achievers Ghana and WR as well as the girls who have benefited from RF’s sponsorship of the e-readers. In his speech, Mr. Krishna Kumar, who has daughters of his own, spoke of how heartwarming it was to see so many bright, intelligent girls in the room whom he referred to as the future of Ghana.

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RF identifies with Achievers Ghana in the belief that the first step to preventing social crisis amongst girls is through educating them when they are young, similar to what the Foundation advocates through programs such at the Maharani Camp.

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The Foundation hopes to establish its presence in the region and build long-term partnerships with both Achievers Ghana and WR, working together to continue educating young girls in the communities they serve and uplift the surrounding communities. We also hope to eventually replicate this concept and program in its own Maharani Learning Lab in Sungai Siput, broadening education through technology in addition to building knowledge, skills and self-confidence amongst the participants.

One of the students reading from an e-reader device and some of the girls who benefit from the sponsorship. 

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Achievers Ghana Wins The Most Outstanding NGO In The Nima Excellence Awards (NEA) – 2016

Achievers Ghana is extremely honored to received such an important award, The Most Outstanding NGO in the Nima Excellence Award (NEA) -2016. Nima Excellence Award (NEA) is an annual award program designed to celebrate the hard working people and organizations in Nima, Accra New-Town, Maamobi, Pig Farm, Kotobabi, Kanda and Ruga.

unspecifiedPresenting the award by Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development  Honourable Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface

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We have been facing several challenges, but each one of them has only strengthened us to make it to where we are today; our mission of giving holistic and quality education to a girl child in the slums is all that we aspire to achieve.

Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration and support of our supporters, sponsors and partners – Jazi Foundation, Global Fund for Children, Worldreader, Leading Ladies Network, Project Abroad- Ghana, United Way – Ghana and Center for Development Initiative (CDI). Alhaji Azumah, Alhaji Mijiwaya, Alhaji Zurak, Sheikh Hussein Abdul Rahman and many more individuals, who in their own way contributed to our success story, we dedicated this award to you all. It is through all of you we derived the strength to challenge ourselves and perform better at each stage.

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We sincerely thank the organizers and sponsors of this award – Nima Excellence Award (NEA) and everyone of you for helping us reach a stage where we can proudly hold up this award as a mark of achievement. We also promise to only get better at our work so that you can see more of  such  awards. Thank you!

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Mentoring Visit by a team of graduate student consultants from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA).

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who care about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

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Achievers Ghana is privileged and happy to host a team of graduate business student consultants from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA) in the persons of Tori Samples, Noey Neumark and Jim Schorr.

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The team threw light on the importance of embracing business in the early lives of the girls as they transit from childhood to adulthood. They emphasized that women’s role in business is vital and they contribute billion of money to the local economy.

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Introducing the concept of business to girls will help them become economically empowered and self-sustenance and become responsible citizens in building their communities.

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The team’s visit is part of our new program “The Journey to Career Choice”. This program facilitates young girls in the slums of Ghana to meet individual mentors who have vast experience in career and professional areas which the girls can learn and relate themselves to. The essence of the program is to expose the young girls to many careers so that they can made a well defined choice.

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Our profound thanks goes to Emily Sheldon, Director of Health Innovation, Impact Hub Accra for making it possible for the team to visit Achievers Ghana. She said this through a private mail after few days of the team’s visit.   ” Amadu, I want to extend a sincere thank you for taking the time to meet with the visiting student consultant team from Vanderbilt University last week. Of the many meetings and site visits they had throughout the week, Achievers Ghana was one of their most memorable experiences – and I know they are carrying great appreciation of your work back to the states. Thanks again for the incredible work you do – and for allowing us to share glimpses of it with the world”

Thank you all!

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Changing lives of girls in the slums. Habiba Shares her story.

Habiba Mudansiru sharing her story.

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Building Capacity of Girls In Slums Through ICT

 

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Thank you R.H.Y.T.H.M Foundation (USA)

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Why invest in slum girls’ education?

Most women and girls in the slums of Accra, do not often get the necessary support that is required from their families or community to gain an education. Some of these girls who were lucky to find themselves in the classroom are there without a purpose. Probably, there are sent there just to pave way for the parents or family members to have a peace of mind at home and not with the intention to develop a career out of it or to be responsible .

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When a family does not have the financial resources to provide quality education to all their children, they prefer to give more education to their boy children. Because most of the women are not educated, they are unable to provide quality education to their daughters. So slum-based women and girls are trapped in a vicious circle, and the education of many girl children is neglected. The girls find it very difficult to get quality basic education. They do not have a positive supportive environment and attention that is required.

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After school, in their slum community, there are no safe places where they can gather and learn on their own. Their families often prefer girls to stay home, and don’t support their learning.

Without support for their education at school, at home, or in their neighbourhood, many girls are lacking even basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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Many girls and young women in the slums are generally less educated, less healthy, and less free than their male peers. They do not enjoy the basic rights and protections of citizenship, including the right to reach majority age, attend school, access health care services and information, hold certain jobs, stop unwanted sexual advances, or obtain justice for sexual assault and abuse.

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Because of their lack of economic opportunity and the social norms disfavouring them, girls and women are often regarded as less worthy of investment or protection from their families, resulting in early marriage and motherhood. Investment in girls’ education, health, protection from violence, and economic opportunity enable girls’ to realise their human rights. For too long, girls in the slums have been kept in the background and that is a fact. And we use religion, tradition and cultural practices as an excuse. They are our girls who will soon grow to become women and they need to be empowered.

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Our profound appreciation goes to our sponsors above who are helping in making it possible for a slum girl child to have the needed attention and education she deserve to become phenomena. Many profound thanks also goes to individuals like Mrs Matilda Amissah Arthur – the wife of the vice president of Ghana, Alhaji Azumah of 37, Hajia Fuseina of Kasoa, Nana Moses and many more who one way or the other are contributing to the success story of Achievers Ghana. ABC_2

With 250 girls and still counting, many girls are there waiting to be helped and come out from their bondage. You can also be part of this wonderful initiation of making a slum girl a productive citizen of their various communities. Your contributions and donations will make this possible. Come and be part of these this noble call and help change and make the life of a slum girl a better one.

DONATE NOW!!!

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