BENEFITING: AMENYO FOUNDATION
Felix is a nineteen year old student from Kpenoe (pronounced PEN-way), Ghana, West Africa. He is presently in 11th grade at a boarding high school. Kpenoe students must go to a boarding high school (grades 10-12) because there is no high school in or near Kpenoe. He is studying to become a construction engineer. Theresea is 15 years old and is also in the 11th grade at a boarding school and is studying to become a nurse. Both, with continued hard work, can look forward to a bright future because they have earned and been given a scholarship. They will also give back to their village and their country. Education is the key which is being given through an Amenyo Scholarship.
What will happen to the other equally bright, hardworking students in Kpenoe who do not receive this key to opportunity? A boy will attend school (if his family can afford the school fees) through junior high school then face unemployment, subsistence farming, or odd jobs with no hope of advancement. A girl will likely become pregnant at an early age and struggle to raise her family in abject poverty. Her children will face an equally bleak future. Economically disadvantaged students in the USA can attend free public school through high school and then apply for a wide variety of grants, scholarships, and loans for post secondary education. Other than Amenyo scholarships, no such aid exists in Kpenoe.
You hold the key to a bright future for a deserving student in Kpenoe. $400 pays for a full year high school scholarship including tuition, room, board and supplies. $40 pays for a month and $10 pays for one week. Scholarships are also available for post secondary education. Imagine what you can do for the cost of a couple of cable bills, a restaurant dinner, or a grand White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks. Donate now to unlock a bright future for a hardworking Ghanaian student. You make a real difference.
Why donate through the Amenyo Foundation? Amenyo has been helping the villagers of Kpenoe help themselves for nearly 20 years. Over the years Amenyo has developed strong personal relationships with the Kpenoe community ensuring trust. Presently the main focus of Amenyo aid is providing scholarships. 100% of donations to Amenyo go directly to scholarships and other direct services. . Amenyo is volunteer-led and volunteer-run.
Amenyo believes that:
- Humans are fundamentally good.
- Given the opportunity people will do good works.
- Aid is to be based on what the villagers say they need.
- Building personal relationships with locals is imperative.
- Supporting leaders who are accepted and respected is effective.
- Leaders who hear community concerns and ideas are supported.
- Amenyo should help those who are willing to help themselves.
Amenyo seeks to support projects that:
- have leverage - a multiplied impact on the community.
- are "owned by the community"; community is fully engaged.
- will last without long term external resources: lasting change.
- have the parties in aid process being both givers and receivers.
Amenyo has a great track record of mutual accomplishment with the local people. Thus far projects have been centered in Kpenoe and Ho, Ghana, West Africa.
A small sampling of activities include:
In Kpenoe, Ghana
- Financial assistance for building of a church/community center
- Construction of a pump and storage system for fresh water
- Construction of side walls, windows, and doors for the junior high
- The bringing in of electricity to the junior high
- Donation and delivery of school equipment/materials
- Initial funding assistance for a teak plantation -– future harvest of teak will sustainably support community projects and infrastructure.
- Numerous scholarships. In Ho, Ghana
- Providing medical supplies for mobile and static clinics
- Providing support for the residents of a local leprosarium.
As Amenyo now focuses on providing scholarships, you can be confident that funds you donate to Amenyo will effect lasting and permanent change in the lives of deserving Kpenoe students and that those students will go on to give back to their communities as adults. If you are interested in visiting Kpenoe, Amenyo periodically organizes and leads trips to Ghana.
For more information, please contact Amenyofoundation@gmail.com.