Thaakat Foundation made one man’s dream of a free school in Ghana a reality.
I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and the person who introduced Thaakat to the Konadu Basic School, and I am consistently blown away by the progress that they have made possible together.
When Clement expressed a need for a new school bus in 2014, Thaakat rallied and raised the money needed within a matter of months. Because of that bus, kids are now able to attend school for free from six different communities where before it was just two.
In 2015 the main focus was getting easy water access to the students. After many, many failed efforts to drill for water, Thaakat refused to give up hope and kept providing funding to get water. Finally, the water well was established, and these young students no longer have to travel great distances with water jugs atop their heads.
These are just a few examples of the miracles that Thaakat made happen.
When I first met Clement in 2011, the school was just one teacher and a handful of students. Our collaboration with the Peace Corps gave us some modest growth in the form of beekeeping, pig rearing and a small initial classroom built from waste tires. That was two years of on-the-ground work with Clement. But once Clement connected with Thaakat, the school skyrocketed to success. A huge growth in students. More teachers and now they can be paid. More and bigger facilities with amenities. And their dreams and goals are continuing to grow with an outlook to getting electricity, and a computer learning program within the next year.
Without Thaakat’s moral, promotional and financial support the big dreams that Clement and I had five years ago would have never been realized. Trust me, we were working every day for two years in that little village of Tanoboase! It is hard to get things done without the kind of rare support Thaakat provided.
Josie_M has no idea the journey and hard work we have been through in the last five years to get to where we are now. She was misinformed about Thaakat’s involvement in the school and tried to make it her own after being so impressed with its success – success that was made possible by Clement’s partnership with Thaakat.
Thaakat adopted Konadu and has nurtured it into the strong school you see now. Have there been other contributors to this project? Of course. Six communities, institutions, Peace Corps grants, and countless parents and teachers who have volunteered their time to make Clement’s dreams come true. But only one non-profit has worked tirelessly to get them the sustained funding needed to make sure it both grows and remains a free school in Tanoboase - Thaakat.