Keep the Dream Alive: Send David Takal to University!
Organized by: Jessica Bowen
I served in the Peace Corps in Ghana from 07-09 and met David when he was in elementary school with dreams of becoming an astronaut: because he loved science, the world around him, and just *learning* in general. In a land of "big men" that too often live selfishly through corruption and greed, his kind and inquisitive nature has always been striking to me and given me hope for Ghana's future.
David comes from Saboba in the North of Ghana, an area notably poorer than the industry & modernity of the South. His parents have three sons, he's the youngest. His eldest brother is a pastor, while the middle son is in teacher training college which his parents pay for with loans and what money they save (due to the need for teachers in Ghana these fees are somehow 'small' money). His mum & dad are in his words 'peasant farmers'-- she sells rice at market and he is the night watchman for a local phone tower. Their average monthly income altogether is around $90. This is to cover all their expenses in addition to their sons' school fees. I had the opportunity to meet David's parents in Saboba two years ago and without shared language they conveyed more kindness, welcome and goodwill than I believed possible.
Why a fundraiser?
After lots of hard work David finally heard back from a school just a few days ago.
He's been accepted into an engineering program at the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa, Ghana and with that acceptance has just 2 weeks to get funding together for his ENTIRE YEAR of school fees.
The total fees for the year, which are due on July 6th are 5,459GhC or US $1,240 (excluding travel expense, books, accomodation). Because this particular program isn't subsidized by the government it's significantly more expensive. His family, while overjoyed at his acceptance financially are incapable of gathering this amount.
I'm asking that David's family comes up with 2,000 GhC in addition to books & accomodation.
I'm offering that we (myself and whoever's able to help) fill the gap of 3,500 GhC = $795, which will pay for one full year of tuition.
Kakra kakra," little by little I believe we can get David through this next level of schooling. ~$800 may not seem like a lot but for myself as a non-profit employee and for David's family in their position it makes all the difference. I truly believe contributing to David's education will be a direct benefit to not only himself, but his family and community in Ghana as he pays forward this blessing.
Thanks in advance and let me know if you'd be up for helping again next year :)