Fighting for Universal Education as Back to School Approaches

A list of supplies, the smell of new crayons, a shiny red apple for the teacher—every child should have the chance to prepare these items to go back to school in the fall. At Dreams for Orphans, we strive to provide educational opportunities and safe environments for displaced children in Ghana, Africa. We believe that education is the key to success; a gift we can give an orphan that no one can take away.

As stated in the July 2015 Global WA Newsletter: “Quality education has the capacity to transform both communities and individuals. It is a powerful tool that can end generational cycles of poverty and provide a strong foundation for sustainable development. This is why education is such a crucial component of the global development puzzle.” According to Global WA, 63 million youth ages 12-15 are disallowed from continuing schooling because of discrimination, lack of opportunities, and other societal issues. This is a problem that must be resolved. A single year more of schooling can increase one’s earnings by up to 10%, providing more opportunities for employment and future success.

Dreams for Orphans is on the ground in Ghana year-round to facilitate private school sponsorships, vocational school programs, and support university-level students. Our fundraising efforts and donations go towards paying school tuition and fees, providing school supplies and uniforms, researching potential schools for students, and providing support throughout their schooling so that each student reaches educational success.

The steps we have made are small on a global scale, but enormous within the communities we serve. Giving orphans the opportunity to continue their schooling empowers them and changes their lives for the better, something that each and every person deserves. Universal education will make the world a better place to live in.

About the Author
My 24 years as a flight attendant have enabled me to travel and see much of the world. When I started going to Africa my passion was born to help the less fortunate and show my own 3 children this imbalance. I wanted them to know they had a responsibility to others as they grow up in a world that most things are readily accessible to them and are not to most the world. It is easy to fall in love with children in Africa. It is more difficult to find appropriate ways to help. Education was by far the first tool we knew could be powerful and effective. Combining this with improved environment, enables them to grow and thrive with food, shelter, medical care and most of all love.I travel to Ghana as a flight attendant monthly and enjoy taking my children on working trips as well as our own vacation time. Being on the ground making sure the DFO funds are carefully dispatched is rewarding and I am compensated by their huge smiles and hugs every time I visit. Seven years have gone by so fast and I cannot imagine my life without DFO and all the children. As Dreams continues to grow I relish the fact that the number of orphans we are helping is increasing. We are able to expand to more orphanages and provide education and safe environments to those orphans who deserve a rich and happy life.

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