In 2010, Mr. William Newman built a nursery school in an abandoned warehouse next to his mother’s house. It was his way of catering to the children of market sellers and vendors, who loitered around the Juaben municipality while their folks were away. Impressed by his commitment to improving his community, Koala Ghana decided to contribute to his efforts by lending a helping hand.
Newill Academy, intended to be a nursery school, has now started primary classes with an increasing number of enrollments. The school works on a non-profit basis with students paying just enough to cover teachers’ salaries, transportation by the school bus and a daily meal. To help accommodate the growing number of students, development of new school facilities began years ago but due to financial difficulties it didn’t get any further than building part of the base slab.
But after gaining the attention of a group of five Hungarian nationals, the project is back on track. With revised building plans, they are helping to complete the school building project with funds they’ve personally raised. In addition, the Hungarian nationals are working closely with local management, support from the Hungarian Embassy and volunteers from the American Field Service (AFS) to garner any support they can to see the project to completion.
Because we believe in supporting community development endeavors, Koala Ghana visited the construction site on 24th August 2017 to make a donation of 2000 cedis worth of food and supplies to the volunteers. We were truly excited to be part of this important project, which is why we did more than donate food and supplies.
We ‘rolled up our sleeves’ and spent a great part of the day working construction with the benevolent group of merry individuals. It was quite an amazing experience and we are very pleased to have contributed to the fulfillment of Mr William Newman’s aspiration to provide primary education to the less fortunate in the Juaben Municipality.
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