Founder’s Message

My name is Philip Appiah and I know the life changing importance of education.

I could have landed up as a street hawker like many of those with whom I grew up in Ghana.

I thankfully did not, because of the education that I had earned the hard way. After completing Junior High school, I traded away four years of my childhood to working in multiple odd jobs, saving money for Senior High school.

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Completing schooling was a milestone for me. It permitted me to dream higher, to hope for a future as a professional, and to pursue a diploma course in Accounting. The power of education helped me secure a substantial job as an Accountant and enabled me to gradually yank myself out of a life of scarcity into one of sufficiency.

I know from experience that when children, youth, and women are provided a foothold into education, it opens the doors of hope and opportunities for them. Having seen first-hand that it was possible to exit the vicious circle of poverty, I envisioned this kind of an empowered life for countless others in the community.

So, when Juliet Adusei, a like-minded teacher shared this vision, we started the PAAJAF Foundation together in 2007, to provide education to the underprivileged children, youth, and women of the community.

PAAJAF’s journey towards this quest has been filled with contributions of time and money from several benevolent individuals and institutions. It is due to their support that the Foundation has been able to continue its efforts towards community-building.

When you support foundations like PAAJAF, you equip underprivileged children, youth and women, to meet a future that is full of better opportunities, safer, happier and dignified.

Philip Appiah
Co-Founder & CEO
Our Future
The future looks strong and uplifting. With the continued support of our sponsors as well as individual donors we are striving to:

  • Enroll more children in PEI.
  • Obtain a PEI bus to make transportation easy to small children.
  • Enhance the PEI library with additions, such as laptops and more e-readers.
  • Grow PEI to include schooling for secondary school students, and eventually, university-level students.
  • Provide proper healthcare services to children.
  • Grow PEI to include schooling for secondary school students, and eventually, university-level students.
  • Implement a program that will allow Gbawe’s adults with an entrepreneurial mind, micro-loans to help them start their petty trades and businesses (this program was developed and implemented in the past, but the foundation is lackin funds as in 2019. We would love to be able to reintroduc this project in our curriculum).

… and our most ambitious plan is to move from rented properties to construct a new school that will also serve as community center for the Gwabe region. A building that will be eco-friendly, spacious and safe, and that will also be the center of our community.

However, PAAJAF is dependent of donations to keep our vital work running. We welcome you to join us and help shape our future. Learn about OUR PROJECTS and help us support Gbawe’s children in achieving their dreams, one child at a time.

Our Present
We have come a long way from those dismal times. Thanks to collaborations with the GlobalGiving, Sinapi Aba Trust, Worldreader, MacEwan University, Global Education Fund, United Nation Volunteers among others, we have been able to:

Establish the PAAJAF Education Institute (PEI), a scholarship school that provides individual attention from pre-school to primary school children (two and a half to nine years old). Today we serve more than 100 disadvantaged children, providing them good quality education, food and clothing.

  • Develop a library within the PAAJAF school (PEI) where children can read books and feel safe in an inviting environment.
  • Provide 35 Kindle E-readers (as of August 2016) for the children to have a good start on digital literacy.
Our Past
More than 10 years ago, I jointly conducted a study with Juliet Yayera Afua, a teacher in the Gbawe region near Great Accra, and at the time I was disturbed by the following findings:

  • Only one public school for a population of 44,000.
  • Eager children unable to go school due to lack of funds.
  • Lack of proper health care and health care education.
  • Shortage of funds that could assist Gbawe’s entrepreneurs.
  • Absence of a good library.

Together with her we decided to improve those staggering numbers.

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