Experiencing FrankEve through the eyes of the volunteers

Dear reader,

Thank you for opening the second newsletter of the FrankEve Foundation. In this newsletter we, the volunteers, will discuss our personal experiences at the FrankEve Vocational School in Swedru, Ghana. We understand that somebody who hasn’t been to Ghana before can have a healthy suspicion to whether the donations are used the right way, or whether it is safe to volunteer in Ghana. With this newsletter, we hope to relieve you of any doubt.

When we arrived at the Accra Airport we were unsure what to expect. Amongst the crowd awaiting guests at the airport, we immediately found the warm en loving smile of the headmistress, FranciscaOdifoDarko. We felt welcome and we instantly knew that we made the right choice coming to FrankEve. When we arrived in Swedru we met Francisca’s husband, Evans OdifoDarko. The name FrankEve is derived from both their first names, as it is their joint passion to educate and help those who need it the most.

A few days after our arrival, we started giving classes. Suzanne teaches the girls English and Jonne teaches food&beverage and safety&hygiene. Although English is the official language spoken in Ghana the majority of the Ghanaians we have met, speak Twi or Fante. This means that most girls first come into contact with English in their primary school. Therefore, some of the girls at the FrankEve Vocational School are behind on their English.Suzanne helps to improve their speaking and writing skills. Jonne helps the girls to learn a vocation, namely that of hospitality professional. When they finish the FrankEve Vocational School, they’re able to work in a restaurant or hotel.

We thoroughly enjoyed the classes we gave. The girls are very eager to learn and they enjoy the classes as well. It is not uncommon to see the girls study until late in the evening. Sometimes the level of the results of the students varies within the class. At first we found this difficult, because we did not know how to prepare our classes. But in the end, we found that this gave us the opportunity to become very creative with our classes. We learned a lot from it.

The school building consists out of three indoor classrooms, a kitchen, two outdoor practical classrooms, and two hostels where the girls who live far away from Swedru sleep throughout the school year. For the future, plans are made to raise a second floor upon the classrooms to make room for even more classes. But first, the build of the restaurant must be finished. In the first newsletter, we told about this beautiful project. Back in Holland, we raised funds to finance a part of the build of the restaurant. We hope to come back to Swedru once the restaurant has been built and see how the girls are gaining practical knowledge. It is good to see that the girls are putting effort into improving their own future.Their dreams are big and we love to help them accomplish their goals.

Life in Ghana is completely different from life in Holland. It takes a little time to get used to, but we found the Ghanaian culture to be very warm. We never felt unsafe and everybody was eager to help us when we traveled through the country. People greet each other everywhere and are very gentle towards others. We learned from the culture. We have made memories and friends for life; it is an experience we will never forget!

 

Do you also want to help FrankEve?

Tell your friends and coworkers about FrankEve Foundation! We would love to know that people are aware of its good work. Do you want to know more about our experiences as volunteers at FrankEve Foundation? Send an email to vjonne@hotmail.com or suzanne.klerkx@hotmail.com.

If you wish to make a donation, click on Donate now

You can also transfer your donation to the account of FrankEve Human Development Foundation. To do this, your donations should be transfered to the International Commercial Bank, Agona Swedru, Ghana, PO Box SW 965, swift code ‘INCEGHAC’ in favor of ‘FrankEve Human Development Foundation’, account number90200040005.

November 27, 2017

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