Akwakwaa school building kick off event
Summer 2012 fundraising event
For the second straight year we will be throwing our annual Summer Garden Party in North Portland at the historic John Palmer House, benefiting Framework International's building efforts in Ghana. We'll have live music, plenty of beverages, and tasty hors d'oeurves. It will give us a chance to talk about Framework's current projects while meeting new faces, and thanking all the people that have contributed to the cause over the last year.
If you would like to attend (and we hope you would) RSVP with your donation of $20 per ticket (person). Payments are receivable via PayPal by clicking the link above (please note "Garden Party 2012" along with your name, address and number of attendees). Checks payable to Framework International can be sent to 3548 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97212.
Small London school complete!
Thank you everyone for your donations, support, and enthusiasm in helping to finish the Small London school construciton. We recently finished painting the school, as well as put the finishing touches on doors, windows, and whiteboards for the teachers. Student's will be able to start classes in the fall when the next term starts in August.
Special thanks goes out to Ramsay Weit, Bree Davis, Kristina Gaible, Katy Daily, Dorothy Waller who helped dig the foundation in the hot African sun. We also want to say thanks to Charles Abakah for putting all the pieces together and last but not least, Framework International's board (Amy Smith, Ryan Brown, Annie Mitchell and Seth Prickett) for seeing this project through to the end.
The 300+ children in Small London and it's surrounding area will now have access to free education. Because girls can be called back to the house to help with chores the new school will be especially beneficial for the young women due to it's close proximity to their homes. None of this would have been possible without the amazing support and donations from the Framework International Community. Thank you!
Visit our facebook page to see more photos of the Small London construction and how it all came together.
Summer 2011 fundraising event
This summer, we will be throwing our first annual Garden Party In North Portland at the historic John Palmer House, benefitting Framework International's building efforts in Ghana. We'll have live music, plenty of beverages, and tasty hors d'oeurves. It will give us a chance to talk about Framework's current projects while meeting new faces, and thanking all the people that have contributed to the cause over the last year.
We expect a good turnout, a great time, and to make this a continued event every summer. If you would like to attend (and we hope you would) RSVP with your donation of $15 per ticket (person). Payments are receivable via PayPal by clicking the link above (please note "Garden Party" along with your name, address and number of attendees). Checks payable to Framework International can be sent to 3548 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97212.
Framework's recent trip to Ghana
Looking back on Framework’s recent trip to Ghana I am amazed at the progress our group of six adventurers was able to make in such a short period. When we first arrived in Ghana last November (2010), we discovered that the school we had been planning to rebuild in Awutu-Beraku was ineligible for Framework assistance. Our mission is to build schools that are open to the public and operated by the government. The building we had originally intended to work on had transitioned to
Thinking on our feet, we quickly decided that another school and community would need to be identified as our next project. Luckily for us, there are an overwhelming number of Ghanaian communities in need of a new or improved school and it didn't take us long to identify the perfect location.
Just outside the suburban area of the capital city, Accra, along the West African Highway we discovered a small unpaved road heading north towards a farming village called Small London. This is the location of Framework International’s current school project. The need for a school was immediately apparent. The closest school is over 2 miles away and only a portion of the 150 or so school age population, in this and the surrounding two villages, is able to attend school. The distance is even more difficult to travel when the one dirt road is washed out during Ghana’s rainy seasons. Each time we visited the village there were throngs of kids who were very excited at the prospect of being able to go to school. It was also clear that it is more difficult for girls of the village to be away from the home for a full day as they are expected to help take care of the domestic duties. Therefore, the new school is especially important and provides more opportunity for their education because they will be able to return home in short notice when needed.
Only a few days after beginning our hunt for a new project, we sat down with the chief and the elders of the Small London village to seal the deal on building a 6 room school adjacent to the village which can educate from 180 to 360 area children. We broke ground two days later and construction is proceeding steadily and the school is on track to open in May for the beginning of the new semester.
We are still in need of an additional $8,000 to complete the school and work will halt as soon as our current funds are exhausted. We’ve so far stock piled bricks and other building materials made onsite but will quickly need to purchase the iron rods which lend stability to the brick and mortar structure. Constant fundraising is our aim over the spring months.
- Contributed by Seth Prickett