The Building Fund

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Education, International

Location: 662 W. Roscoe St. Chicago IL 60657 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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.
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

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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 Fund, as far as allowing young students to receive a better educational opportunity. The Building Fund was well received at both schools and the adminstrators expressed, words and actions, how much they appreciated the work of The Building Fund. I will be working with The Building Fund to help in any ways I am able to.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ghana.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to work, in the same manner.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meet people, learning about, their ways of life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do great work.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great, I plan to go back to Ghana, to visit on behalf of The Building Fund.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I will work for The Bulding Fund, in any way asked.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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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 unfolded her dream and passion for the children at Tuskegee School in Accra-Ghana. The pictures shown, and the situation on the ground portrayed positive changes in both academic work and infrastructure as a result of her association with the school. Ever since this meeting I have been in continued communication with Jessyca about the YAIS. TBF made the first-ever donation of to YAIS on June 12, 2008 towards the construction of a library to shelve a large supply of books received from The Kipling Elementary School at the Southside of Chicago and Books For Africa in Saint Pauls, MN. On Sunday, July 12, Jessyca led a delegation of five to visit our school and they were impressed with the warm reception accorded them by the students, teachers, parents, and the community. Plans are underway for TBF and YAIS to partner to provide excellent quality education for the children in our local community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ghana at the Young Apostles International School. It has been a great privilege and honor to hear Jessyca as she unfolds her dream and passion for the children in Ghan. The pictures shown, and the situation on the ground portrayed positive changes in both academic work and infrastructure as a result of her association with the schools.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide excellent quality education for the children in our local community.

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2008-8-01

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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 impressed and completely honored to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

traveling to Ghana, seeing the efforts in effect first-hand.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, considerate committed and completely knowledgeable. It's amazing how rare that can be in a non-profit.

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2008-8-01

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Thanks to the gracious coordination of Jessyca Dudley, I was able to volunteer at her host school, Tuskegee International in Accra, Ghana. It was a wonderful experience for me and I know I gained as much as I gave. I was in attendance for Tuskegees first commencement service and took part as invited guest in the culminating activities. What makes Tuskegee and Ghana so unique for me is that inspite of the poor conditions of the school and its surroundings the children of Tuskegee are learned, eager to embrace the new and happy. I volunteered for a week from Julyh 14 through July 18, and I spoke about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. I taught the children to make collage greeting cards. I spoke of the importance of an education and reading. I was also taught by the students of the history of Ghana. My last day was a session where the students were invited to ask me anything about America. I have never felt so loved by strangers as I did at my visit at Tuskegee. Each day, I could not wait to get there. Schools in the U.S. are equipped with the latest acoutrements and yet the hearts of the students at Tuskegee are what captured me most. I can't wait to return again, hopefully very soon, and spend more time with the staff and students at Tuskegee.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the construction of the school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the president's diligence in coordinating the volunteer effort

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Africans, who were very knowledgable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help complete construction of schools in impoverished areas of West Ghana.

Ways to make it better...

it could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I don't know the organization well enough to know its challenges

One thing I'd also say is that...

I had a wonderful time during my volunteer experience and I am grateful to the Building Fund for helping make this opportunity for me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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