Continually we are being asked, "How can I help?" or "Joshua,
I don’t have much money but I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm so how can I
direct this to giving support to Common Ground for Africa?". Well, I've
come up with an idea that should answer those questions, won't take up too much
of your time and should be fun - "Friends of Common Ground for Africa"!
Now, to be a "Friend of Common Ground for Africa" all you have to
do is let us know about your fantastic events and sign a form pledging to
spread the Common Ground for Africa word in its own way. Fundraising for the children
is a very important job! And one we need plenty of help with....
I really feel that this is something that everyone will enjoy getting
involved in as it’s a great excuse to get together with friends,
family and colleagues, enjoy a relaxed chat about the children and the
project you are a part of in Kenya. I truly believe that word-of-mouth is such
a powerful thing and Friends of Common Ground for Africa is designed just for
Please contact our Friends of Common Ground for Africa Coordinator on the
email address below and find out how it all works. We can help you design the
event, provide you with fundraising information and even help you get some
media attention if required. If you wanted to, we could also put you in touch
with other "friends" in your area for a joint get-together.
The Friends of Common Ground for Africa programme is
specifically designed to incorporate the large support base of the school that
is not associated with sponsorship or donations. The motto of being a friend of
Common Ground for Africa is "raising awareness, not money" and all a
"friend" has to do is pledge to have at least 1 event each year where
they will show the DVD, give out some brochures and have a power point
presentation if possible (our "Friends Coordinator" at the school can
give you all these things). It could be a brunch with 10-15 friends, it could
be a lunch with 3-5 work mates or it could be a major function-everything
helps!! If you would like to be a friend then just email Niky Chokshi at email@example.com
We understand that not everybody can support the schools in a
financial capacity. While we have our very special sponsors and donors, we also
have a multitude of dedicated and caring people who spread awareness about the
school and its mission.
In 2002, Pathfinder Academy opened its doors to twenty three
very small, bright and underprivileged students. We began with donation from
Kilili Self help Project-USA, three staff members and three classrooms. Ten
years later and the school has grown to over 450 students, and over 36 local
staff. This has been possible only due to word-of-mouth, and the awareness that
has spread concerning the school and the fight against poverty.
As the need for accessible and affordable education is a
constant need, the support we depend on to keep our promises to these children,
their families, and the community continues to grow. Friends of Common Ground for Africa targets that support.
As much as we would love to, we do not have the resources to fly around the
world and present our case to all the interested people who would love to know
about our schools. This is why we depend on our Friends. We trust you to spread
support for us. Not by raising money, but by raising awareness. In ten years,
we have four hundred and fifty children...with your help, imagine what we can
do in another ten years?
Q2. Who can be a Friend Common Ground for Africa?
There is no special requirement to become a Friend of Common Ground for
Africa. A Friend can be a sponsor, a donor or an average person who has the
dedication and stamina to accept the responsibilities of the Friends program.
The task of Friends is to raise awareness, not money!
Each Friend pledges to raise consciousness in his or her community
regarding our goals at Common Ground for Africa. Whether it is a small dinner
among friends or a large event with a hundred interested people, the point is
to get the word out and help interested people get in touch with Common Ground
for Africa. Each Friend should aim at holding about 1-2 events every year, and
can take any shape you like, as long as awareness is raised.
We would love to hear about your event and receive some pictures. This way
we can put the pictures on our website and spread the fantastic ideas amongst
our Friends for potential events.
Anyone can be a 'Friend.'
Q3. What support does the school give to Friends?
While we may have some natural born event-organizers amongst
our Friends, we understand that most of our supporters are starting off simply
with a good heart, great intentions, and a deep commitment to Common Ground for
Africa. This is why we have a Friends Coordinator, and a very supportive
Friends network in place to support you as you are supporting us.
In return for your time and energy, the school pledges to
assist our Friends as well. Each new friend receives a "Friends pack"
filled with brochures, a DVD of the School choir, T-Shirtsand a CD containing over 190 beautiful
photos, power point presentations, flyers, a few crafts and extra information regarding
sponsorship and the Schools.
Our Friends coordinator is always available for any questions,
suggestions or updates.
Q4. How can I become a Friend of Common Ground for