THANKS TO OUR DONORS: A GREAT YEAR FOR TOMORROW’S STARS!
OUR STARS BECOMING THEIR DREAMS
We again had a “Pay It Forward” Day to celebrate the successes of our STARS at all levels.
We have 5 University Graduates. Each moving forward with employment and “becoming their dream”. Five (5) more have completed University and are in their year of National Service. This service is great experience, a paid assignment in their chosen field.
University Students (16) at various tertiary institutions in Ghana. Everyone is performing well in academics and leadership. It is a joy to see their energy and maturity after Paying It Forward for 2 or more years.
Twelve (12) Pay It Forward students who make education possible for Tomorrow’s Stars in Libraries, Kindergarten Resource Room, teaching Phonics, Computer Lab, Science Lab and as mentors and teachers for students at the schools we support.
About 20 students at Edinaman HS. Ghana has implemented free HS but there are other expenses. We encourage and help these boys and girls while getting to know them and their potential as Tomorrow’s Stars.
THE SYSTEM IS WORKING. WE ARE CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION!!
RECENT PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
This is only a sampling of the achievements of our Stars as they become their dreams!
Rudolph was awarded the “Best Student Writer of the Year-Tertiary” Award. A Ghana National award.
Solo is nominated for Ghana’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year-Social” Award for his community and Nsoroma Study Center achievements. He has already won for Central Region.
Joseph has been elected Student Body President at Ghana Institute of Journalism. He also won “Most Influential Student of the Year”.
THE BEST COMPUTER LAB IN ELMINA
We have 20 laptops, all donated (special thanks to Jason Hoellwarth and Sue Gonzalez). They are maintained and repaired well. They are used in our “ICT Lab” and later donated to our university scholarship students. We also have a projector, printer, laminator and internet service. Christ Cares was #1 school in ICT (computers) in recent district exams.
Yes! BEST ICT LAB BY FAR IN ELMINA, AND KEEA SCHOOL DISTRICT
LITERACY FOR THE YOUNG ONES:
We use our KG Resource Room and Jolly Phonics to help the young ones learn the sounds and motions for English. Remember that few children speak English at home. Our teachers and PIFs do a great job. Our 4 libraries also support learning and reading. The children can take books home.
WRITING AND PRINTING OUR OWN BOOKS:
Thanks to a grant from “Seed of Change”, our students are writing and reading their own “culturally relevant” books. This has been a fun project and we have class celebrations. Please see the Seed of Change page https://tstarsorg.wordpress.com/a-seed-of-change-writing-our-own-books/ for more details about our project.
See A Seed of Change at: https://www.aseedofchange.org/chidrens-rights-education
OUR LEADER : SOLOMON EWUSIE
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
Solo has been the leader of our PIFs for some years now. He is always looking to empower them as well as being a community leader. Recently he was nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has already won for the Central Region and will be judged by a panel of experts and compared with young men/women from 10 other regions for the GHANA NATIONAL AWARD!!! His category is “social” for all the community work he does, with a focus on the work of his registered Charity NSOROMA.
Tomorrow’s Stars provides a grant to Nsoroma (a registered NGO started by Solo). Nsoroma supports 40 students with evening homework coaches at Kathy Weir Study Center (in Junior High classrooms at Christ Cares). Parents and teachers are involved as well. Solo does a fantastic job of working with the community and deserves the National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award!!
EDINAMAN HIGH SCHOOL:
Another valedictorian graduates and comes to Pay It Forward
Our policy is that all of our “Stars” go to nearby Edinaman HS. This builds friendships among our students. It is a 3 yr HS and about 800 students for each year. We work with about 8 per year, but we have had an amazing academic record. 7 students have been valedictorian in 10 years, including Joseph in 2019 and likely Francis in 2020.
OTHER TOMORROW’S STARS ACTIVITIES
CHRIST CARES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Tomorrow’s Stars and Christ Cares have been together for years. These days, Proprietress Hetty, Headmaster Kwoffie and Solo work very closely to make sure that our PIFs and Christ Cares teachers are effective and together to help students succeed. This is especially important as Ghana has recently introduced a more student centered curriculum.
GIRLS CLUB AT CHRIST CARES SCHOOL
Our PIF girls lead the girls’ club. There are many activities to help build confidence and knowledge. This meeting was share the gifts of donor Dani Wicklund and write thank you notes to her.
Here are a few examples of the fine young men and women who have benefitted from your donations. They are on a mission to become their dream.
PIF DAY AND GEORGE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Along with the words of wisdom from our Stars, I was honored with birthday (#71) wishes and singing and many funny stories from our past. Also a moment of silence and stories about our friend Mr. Fred who passed away a year ago. RIP Fred!