Friends of Paajaf

US Affiliate of PAAJAF.ORG

Efland, NC   |  https://www.paajaf.org

Mission

Friends of PAAJAF is a 501(c)(3) charity based in North Carolina, USA. Our focus is to bring the spirit of volunteerism and donor resources management to help put the end to poverty in our community and Africa. Our main purpose and attention now is to work with PAAJAF Foundation in Ghana to provide quality education not only for underprivileged children, youth and their families, also to provide health and community supports. We are in existence to ensure that underprivileged people (Children and youth as well as their families) in our focus area and communities are provided life changing opportunities through adoptable projects that put smile to the faces of our beneficiaries.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Mr Paul Edward Graf

Main address

5003 Chestnut Ridge Church Rd.

Efland, NC 27243-9141 USA

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EIN

84-5012369

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Friends Of PAAJAF

Friends of PAAJAF is a 501(c)(3) Charity based in North Carolina, USA. Our focus is to bring the spirit of volunteerism and donor resources management to help put the end to poverty in our community and Africa. Our main purpose and attention now is to work with PAAJAF Foundation in Ghana to provide quality education not only for underprivileged children, youth and their families, also to provide health and community supports.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

Summary:
We are now welcoming our students back, after the mandatory lockdown that lasted 10 months. Together with their families, teachers and staff, we are a safe place for young children to learn, play, eat properly and be part of a loving community of approx. 515 people. Your support will help us through the reopening process of the school, in terms of bringing back children, support teachers and make our education project be alive again.

Challenge:
We want to continue improving the living conditions of our community by providing children a good quality education and youth job training for future advancement nevertheless, our project is currently threatened by the current crisis. Due to the mandatory lockdown until January, our school has been closed and all our students, families and teachers who were unemployed at that moment, faced complex challenges at covering necessities. We are now allowed to reopen the school and support them.

Solution:
With the reopening of the school in past 18 January 2021, we can now bring our children back to school and provide immediate relief to our extended school community. With your help we can:

* support reopening of school through meals to students
* support our school staff
* bring back school to full operation within the next weeks
after 10 months of lockdown.

Long-term Impact:
The consequences of staying afloat are tangible in the near future. Along with our volunteers, you and the people of the Gbawe community, we will continue to work towards the realization of the “Education Center for Disadvantaged Families Ghana”. Our vision is to create an educational and community center for disadvantaged children and their families providing a space that leads the way out of poverty, increases the literacy rate, and encourages civic engagement by our own community members.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Summary:
Although there is a fair equity school attendance between boys and girls in Ghana, girls’ education should not be overlooked as an important element for inclusiveness. Girls are more likely to drop out of school to help with family care and housework. The distance to school and poor school conditions can also prevent children from attending. We are committed to providing education, in a safe environment, to all children in Gbawe regardless of their gender or socio-economic background.

Challenge:
In Gbawe, apart from the lack of public schools, there are several other aspects that undermine the universal right to education to these children. Poverty tends to make it more difficult for children to reach school, as families perceive generating more household in more important than education. The rate of drop-out in these cases is also higher. Distance to school and poor school conditions can also prevent children from attending.

Solution:
To tackle these constraints, PAAJAF understands that our school must provide both a safe space to learn and a high-quality education that promotes inclusiveness. PAAJAF priorities are to provide a quality education, spaces for playing, healthy meals and sanitation facilities.

PAAJAF also wants to ensure teachers are equipped to teach diverse students who learn at their own pace.

Long-term Impact:
By creating a healthy, comfortable and safe schooling environment, children are more likely to attend and be prevented from dropping out. While at school, children will feel welcomed in their own learning process. Children will be encouraged to develop their competencies and acquire new skills at their own pace. This will be achieved without being marginalized by their background, gender or learning ability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Summary:
To this day, access to education is not a granted universal right. Children face many obstacles in their path toward attending school and receiving a formal education. It is important that schools identify these children and create mechanisms that prevent them from dropping out of school and missing the opportunity of a better future. PAAJAF is committed to providing education to all children In Gbawe regardless of their backgrounds, gender and learning constraints.

Challenge:
Social aspects can undermine the universal right to education to these children. Poverty tends to make it more difficult for children to reach school, as families perceive generating more household in more important than education. The rate of drop-out in these cases is also higher. Although there is a fair equity school attendance between boys and girls in Ghana, girls’ education should not be overlooked as an important element for inclusiveness. Girls are more likely to drop out of school to help with family care and housework. The distance to school and poor school conditions can also prevent children from attending.

Solution:
To overcome these obstacles, PAAJAF Foundation must provide both a safe space to learn and high-quality education that promotes inclusiveness. This goal can only be achieved with the help of donors like you, who can enable PAAJAF to continue providing quality education, spaces for playing, healthy meals and sanitation facilities.

By donating to the PAAJAF Foundation, your generosity can allow more children the chance to attend school. By attending school, these children will have a future with more opportunities open to them, and can influence their own communities with their knowledge.

Long-term Impact:
The more children in Gbawe who are able to attend school, the better chance we have to break the cycle of poverty in Greater Accra. PAAJAF offers an environment where children will not be marginalized because of their background, gender or learning ability. By creating a healthy, comfortable and safe schooling environment, children are more likely to attend and to be prevented from dropping out.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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Friends of Paajaf

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Paul Graf

FRIENDS OF PAAJAF

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Ms Anett Tscheligi

FRIENDS OF PAAJAF

Term: 2020 - 2021

Paul Graf

FRIENDS OF PAAJAF

Anett Tscheligi

FRIENDS OF PAAJAF

Melissa Philadelphia

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.