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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: The Ghana Educational Collaborative’s goal is to fundraise for and support students’ who demonstrate exceptional educational promise by offering them opportunities in education that they would otherwise not have due to finances. The GEC’s goal is to alter the trajectory of enrolled students to positively impact their education and their future. The GEC provides support to exceptional students with significant financial need. We provide academic scholarships, mentorship opportunities and access to a strong peer community in order for students to achieve their highest aspirations. The Ghana Educational Collaborative envisions a time when education is accessible for all Ghanaian students.

Target demographics: children

Geographic areas served: Ghana

Programs: sending children to school, leadership development programs, creating long term community-impact led by students' efforts.

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Rating: 5

The Gift of Giving

In 2009 I studied abroad at the University of Ghana, Legon where I took classes and lived on campus for 6 months. During that time I not only took inspiring History of Africa and social work classes and met incredible people, but I also volunteered at an elementary school where I got to immerse myself in a Ghanaian First Grade classroom every week.

It was difficult for me to say goodbye to the people and experiences of Ghana and for years I wanted to reconnect with the country I loved so much. In 2011, I got the opportunity to join the board of a small nonprofit called Ghana Educational Collaborative whose mission it is to provide financial support to exceptional students with significant financial need. As a teacher myself, I feel very strongly about GEC's belief in education as a gateway for endless opportunity and the notion that every child around the world deserves access to education as a right.

For 4 years I have fundraised to support the 11 students in the GEC program. For my birthday this year, I decided to throw a fundraiser for GEC, charging friends and loved ones $20 at the door, with all proceeds going to GEC. I was rather uncomfortable with the idea of asking my underpaid teacher friends to donate their hard earned money, but I figured if everyone was able to give a little, we could hopefully raise enough money to send at least 1 of our students through another year of school.

In the end, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from my peers who, as I said, make very little money themselves. We were able to raise enough money to send our spotlighted student Emmanuel, through at least 2 years of middle school. Emmanuel is such a hard working, hilarious, and kindhearted individual, and it was an honor to focus my birthday on the gift of giving.

http://www.ghanaedcollaborative.org

Review from #MyGivingStory