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