Testimonials

Student intern 2016 -17

This one year of my internship would help me than my one year in school because I will never learn the things that I learned if I were in school. I thank Center for Achievement for helping me through my one year of internship and I know that for the next years am going to learn more and more things to guide my life as individual. I really thank Center for Achievement for making this great investment into my education and my life as a whole. 

Benedicta

Summer 2016 volunteer at Lokoe Summer Day Camp

I volunteered with Pagus:Africa in Summer 2016 by teaching critical thinking to middle school children at the summer camp at Lokoe school, which turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life. Having worked remotely with several members of the Pagus team for over a year, I was looking forward to travelling to Ghana. I ended up meeting a friendly group of people who were truly multicultural and was amazed at how dedicated they were towards bringing about a positive change to education and health in Ghana.

The Pagus staff had clear goals for the summer camp and I was tasked with helping the children analyze the various situations they encounter in their lives, to characterize truth from falsehood, good from bad and to choose the best path from  the alternatives they are presented.  I had an opportunity to interact with the children, understand the merits and demerits of their educational system, their cultural practices and devise a curriculum that could bridge the gap between their current abilities and our goal.

Ellen, the executive director of Pagus:Africa was at Ghana during that time and she introduced me to the residents of the neighboring villages. This presented a glimpse into the lives of the villagers, their lack of access to basic resources such as water and electricity and the associated challenges, and the choices that they made to deal with difficult situations. It was a true eye-opening moment to appreciate all I had in life and more importantly to understand how much I could contribute to help out others in need.

I would highly recommend volunteering with Pagus:Africa and if possible to travel to Ghana to help out with their annual summer camp

~ Nithish

Summer 2012 volunteer:

"I appreciate Ellen's energy and her willingness to share her own resources and fundraising skills with these two school communities in Ghana. I understand how she is smitten and continuously engaged in this work. Also, I saw the tremendous need for secular and non-governmental organizations willing to do development related work especially in areas like early childhood education. I recommend anyone who wants to join Pagus: Africa in fulfilling its mission to support Bishop Forson School and Airfield School Complex. In my own efforts, I am organizing a donation campaign for bed-sheets for the boy's dormitory at BFS for this November."

Volunteer teacher and fundraiser:

Hi Ellen,
I have been meaning to contact you to let you know how rich an experience
working with Pagus:Africa has been for me and for my students. I thought
the following recommendation might be the most meaningful way to express
our appreciation for what you do.
Annie

25 February 2008

To Whom It May Concern:
As a teacher and advisor to Lexington High School's Model UN organization I have led my students’ involvement in fundraising for humanitarian projects for many years. For the past three years, we have chosen to work with Pagus:Africa because they have helped raise student awareness of the importance of being involved in humanitarian efforts and have put our hard earned money to best use. Because this is often my students' first in-depth community service experience,  I believe it is important that what they do individually and collectively be acknowledged, so that they can see the impact of their efforts. Pagus demonstrates that they share this belief.
 
We have consistently received project updates from Pagus that have explained not only how our contributions have been used, but what impact they have had on the lives of people in Ghana. As a teacher, this personal connection that Pagus has established with my students has convinced me that this is not only an important humanitarian effort but also, in every way, represents a strong educational commitment by Pagus to inform, encourage, and acknowledge the most basic of human connections.
 
Last summer I traveled to Ghana with a group of teachers and had an opportunity to meet with Pagus’ Ghanaian Country Director, Joseph Avorgah, who took me to visit the Ho Airfield School project site, for which we are currently involved in fundraising efforts.  I met with the headmistress, the staff, and 40 parents who left their farms for the day to come and meet me on behalf of their children. I was able to learn first hand of their hopes for their children and their willingness to help in any way they could to make their new school a reality.
 

Pagus project reports have demonstrated professional integrity, consistent fiscal responsibility, effective project oversight, and delegation of responsibility despite the challenges of geographic distance. The respect that Pagus extends to both project supporters and recipients is empowering. We are proud to be part of those efforts, and will continue to maintain our relationship and support of Pagus:Africa projects.

Sincerely yours,

Annie Zeybekoglu, Advisor
Lexington High School Model UN Club
Lexington High School
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421