The ASEA Advancing Life Foundation funds and celebrates inauguration of new schools in Ghana.

The ASEA Advancing Life Foundation is proud to announce the official inauguration of a new school system in Ghana. This school will help facilitate generational change and break the cycles of poverty.

The inauguration ceremony

Chuck Funke and KimMarie Larsen traveled to Ghana to attend the inauguration of the completely redesigned school system, which the foundation funded. This school system was rebuilt to safely support children from kindergarten through secondary school, for a more robust education. This trip marked the official transfer of the schools to the local school district and local tribe. In attendance were the Tribal Chief of Kandiga, the Ghana Minister of Education, media personnel, members from the local community, and of course, representatives from the ASEA Advancing Life Foundation, who all participated in giving speeches, ribbon cutting, and taking tours of the new facilities.

Singing, dancing, and heartfelt emotions

This was a cause to celebrate. The young women performed a song and dance they had prepared. In this song, they expressed their dreams to attend school through their lyrics. They asked their parents not to waste money on alcohol so they could attend school, they asked the young men to respect them so they could stay in school, and they asked parents not to marry them off, so they could stay in school. The young women wanted the freedom to complete their education.

The gift of learning

This school system will create generational change as families now have a safe place in their community to send their children, not only for their education, but this school will also provide safety and other resources to support the children and their families. In order to help encourage attendance, the school district worked together with the parents and tribal
leaders developing programs to ensure the students continue attending the schools.

A token of appreciation

During the ceremony, a traditional “Kente cloth” which is a Ghanaian textile made of hand-woven strips of silk and cotton, historically worn in a toga-like fashion by royalty, was placed on each representative from ASEA. They were also given two goats and a guineafowl as tokens of appreciation, both significant gestures reserved for only momentous occasions.

Education remains at the forefront of our initiatives as it is one of the proven ways to combat the cycles of poverty. If you too would like to bring the gift of learning to those wishing for an education, consider donating today. Remember, ASEA matches every donation made so your funds have twice the impact, giving your dollar double the fighting power. Your generosity will help these children obtain an education and drastically reshape their futures.


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