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Phone: 3122463787
662 W. Roscoe St.
Illinois 60657

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Target demographics: Our current project is focused on the construction of a library at the Young Apostles International School of Daban Panin, Ghana where we have secured a donation for nearly 25,000 books from Books For Africa.

Daban Panin is a rural, yet accessible, community encompassing an area of approximately 15 square miles. A rapidly growing and underserved community of framers, traders, artisans and civil servants; the community is expected to continue its rapid growth as transportation network systems in the area improve. Increased educational resources are needed to provide for this growing community and the construction of a library at YAIS would provide resources for nearly 29,270 people and 25 primary and secondary schools. With a literacy rate of only 45% and with the majority of the population falling between the ages of 15 and 30, a library is a timely and invaluable resource.

Geographic areas served: West Africa

The Building Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing children with access to education internationally.

Currently, The Building Fund is dedicated to supporting the capital and operating expenses of The Young Apostles International School of Ghana, West Africa. In its support of access to education, The Building Fund seeks to create and sustain opportunities at the schools it serves by funding the completion of buildings and classrooms, donating supplies to classrooms, teachers and students, providing scholarships for students, and engaging volunteers with the schools.
In its brief history, TBF has seen great change in the students, teachers, and volunteers that we work with both at home and abroad. At the Tuskegee International School of Accra, Ghana, TBF has funded the completion of two classrooms, provided annual scholarships for students, engaged volunteers in the classroom, and secured the donation of computers and over 250 lbs. of school supplies. Our success has been measured by the increased enrollment of students, attracted by the opportunity to earn scholarships and learn in classrooms with adequate supplies. At the Young Apostles International School of Daban Panin, Ghana, TBF began its work by securing a donation of over twenty-five thousand books to the school, as well as school supplies and scholarships for its students. Our next step is to build a library that will increase the accessibility of resources for the students, the school, and its community.

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The Building Fund, has given me a chance to see a part of the world that I have read about and hear stories about. I traveled with members of The Building Fund to Ghana, this July 2008. The tour was excellety arrange by Jessyca Dudley, and allowed me to see the great work being done by The Building... more »
I first heard about The Building Fund (TBF) from Brian Murphy, the former Director of Development, Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. Brian invited me to hear a presentation by Jessyca, the founder of TBF at downtown Chicago in 2007. It was a great privilege and honor to hear Jessyca as she ... more »
This is a truly incredible non-profit. The integrity and foresight they have with respect to education in Ghana (and eventually reaching out to more of West Africa) is unmatched. Having now been to Ghana and seen first hand the work being done through The Building Fund, I'm nothing short of ... more »
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