Gideon's College Finish Line
Organized by: Marcus Hagberg
EVENT DATE Nov 20, 2016
Thank you for your interest--I want to take this opportunity to tell you about Gideon, one of the hardest working people I know.
Since 12, Gideon has lived in the equivalent of a foster home some 10 miles from Awutu-Winton Senior High School (AWSHS), where he attended senior high school (managed by Educational Development Projects Trust, my former employer). Due to price increases and limited public transport options, Gideon would often times be forced to walk to/ from school. He was always one of the first to arrive at school and the last one to leave, and he never once complained.
Because his situation was dire he came to me explaining his circumstances. I could tell straight away that this young man had an unshakable work ethic. I therefore hired him for weekend jobs around the school, from painting to cleaning bathrooms, various landscaping to organizing the storage room, and much more. He approached every task with great attention to detail and executed them efficiently, continually seeking to improve his abilities--a perfectionist at heart and in practice.
Gideon graduated AWSHS in 2014 with a GED-equivalent certificate with a concentration in business. He graduated in the top 15 per cent of his class with 4 As and 3 Bs. He is the first person in his family to graduate from high school.
Upon graduation Gideon secured a job as a groundskeeper and painter at a high-end hotel/ restaurant nearby, applying the skills he developed whilst executing weekend work at AWSHS. This opportunity gave him a 'foot in the door' to the burgeoning hospitality industry, and he took full advantage of the situation by learning as much as he could from his bosses and coworkers. His exceptional abilities were quickly noticed, getting him side contracts from a neabry university to manage their landscaping. He worked hard and saved money.
In 2015 Gideon was accpeted to Shiv-India Institute of Management and Technology, one of the top five technical universities in Ghana, to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information & Technology. This is a magnificent achievement in its own right.
However, tution fees amount to $800 USD per semester--given two semesters per year over a three-year degree program, this easily amounts to $4,800 USD. Given the fact that over 50 per cent of the population in Ghana earns less than $2 USD per day, this is an incredible amount of money. This is where support from you can help.
In the summer of 2015, we raised $2,700 USD towards his tuition fees. Many of you contributed to this initial campagin--thank you!
The goal is to raise the remainder of Gideon's tutition fees ($2,100 USD) before I see him in Ghana in late-November 2016.
100 per cent of the funds raised will go toward Gideon's tuition fees. The money raised will be placed in a joint bank account with a trusted colleague from my former employer and be dispersed at the correct intervals for his tuition payments.
Gideon is a young man of ingenuity, indsutriousness, and humility. He was always someone I could rely on to execute a project indepdently or work with/ manage a team of students. To show my faith in and support to him as my friend, I've already pledged nearly 10 per cent of the total amount.
I appreciate the support you're giving him to help his continue to strive for more. Thank you for your support!!