January Newsletter: Wishing you a happy new year and other updates!

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Happy New Year from the entire Love Rocks team. After seeing tremendous growth in our students and our curriculum, and receiving immense support from a wider community, we are excited and inspired to do bigger and better things this year. We hope you are as motivated as we are in doing great things this year.

We cannot thank you enough for your donations and support last year, in making sure that we were able to raise funds to ensure the students of Dordiak Educational Complex, receive 50 kindles.

There are thousands of charity organizations littered across the world, in as much as we believe in helping one another, at Love Rocks we believe more in helping them realize their abilities or equipping the children we work with the right skills / knowledge, so that they can be on the path to being self-sufficient. We want to help by being a big sister or big brother by mentoring them. Our primary aim is not to give them gifts or items, but to teach them the path to become successful human beings.

For this to happen, this year, we have even bigger dreams. Outlined below is our activity plan for the year.

Love Rocks Activity Plan for 2016

Activity Timeline
LoveRocks mentoring: mentors go out to any of the 3 schools we are working with, and mentor kids based on reworked English syllabus twice a month. 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month
Spelling bee: from the reading students are doing (kindles & books donated), at the end of every week there should be new words to learn. Spelling bee at the end of each month. Last Friday of every month
Amber volunteering: volunteers are assigned a group of students, they will follow up on their progress weekly by phoning in. Amber volunteers ensure students are prepared for spelling bee At least once a week. Ideally twice a week
Love Camp: hands on project with a section of students with a particular interest, after which final products will be sold or auctioned to raise money. % goes to the organization and % goes to the school for a particular project. Example, a love camp slated for March could be an arts and crafts class where we invite graphic designers from Yobbings to harness the skills of kids who show interest. At the end of the camp, the kids could create say 5 card designs, which will be advertised and sold. 50% of profit will go back to the school, with love rocks taking say 20% for future projects and the school taking 30% for a particular project. Every quarter
Fundraising events: creative ways of raising money to fund projects  

 

Kindle fund: raising money to fund 100 kindles for 2 schools.

 

September

What we need:

Volunteers

Types of Volunteers

Admin:

Project coordinators: in charge of organizing and ensuring the success of projects like Love camps and any other mini projects

Pr: in charge of social media and public relations, and coming up with ways/mediums to increase membership & volunteers

 

Amber volunteers: The physical presence of an amber volunteer is not necessarily required. They are volunteers who will follow up on the progress of a group of students / class assigned to them via weekly phone calls.

Green volunteers: These are volunteers who will donate a few hours one Saturday of the month to mentor students in the schools we work with.

Heart volunteers: These are professionals in varied fields we will invite to spend an hour with a class, educating or talking about his or her art. Heart volunteering happens one Wednesday of every month.

 

How can you help?

Sign up to as a volunteer! We’re always looking for volunteers. If you would honour us with your presence as any of the above mentioned volunteers, kindly send an email to loverocs@gmail.com

Spread the word about us to your friends and family!

Send us an email to become an official part of our network!

 

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Training and Launch of the 50 e-Readers Project at Dordiak Educational Complex in Adukrom

On the 7th of October, 2015, Worldreader personnel, Joseph and Love Rocks member Ama Asantewa arrived at Dordiak Educational Complex in Adukrom, in the Eastern Region at 9:45am with kindles that were donated to the school through the kind support of Dutch Chapters, Worldreader and Love Rocks.
After an hour of settling down and meeting with the school authorities and teachers, training of the teachers commenced at 11am. 10 teachers were present at the training. Joseph meticulously took them through what the e-reader was, how to take good care of the e-reader, how to use it to its full capacity and how to teach their students all they had learned. The teachers were excited about the e-reader and its capability and were thrilled that they had the opportunity to not only experience its usage, but the endless possibilities they could teach the students with the device. The training lasted for 3 hours. After the training, the teachers were given an assignment each on the usage of the e-reader and encouraged to take the devices home to explore more.


On the second day, training resumed. Each teacher took the centre stage and explained /solved their assignment in front of the rest of the teachers. After an hour and a half of revision and peer to peer teaching amongst the teachers, 14 students, selected from lower primary, upper primary and junior high school joined the class for the training. The students were very excited and eager to learn.
Supervised by Joseph, the students were taken through what the e-reader was, how to take care of it and how to use it to its full capability by the teachers. A section of teachers took the centre stage to train and one-on-one training between teacher and student commenced. The second part of the training lasted for about an hour and a half and the students returned to their classrooms.
The training ended on a positive note with the project manager, Daniel Sakyi having a one-on-one intensive top up with Joseph to tighten all loose ends.

On the 9th of October, 2015, the school was decorated and a tent that hosted 100 chairs was built in the school compound. Music was played as the students waited patiently for invited guests and parents to stream in for the launch that was slated to happen at 10am.
The event, which was fully packed started at 10:15am with an opening prayer by the school’s PTA chairman. The MC of the day, head teacher – Seth Donkor started off with a welcome address, followed by 4 students who welcomed the guests with a short dance performance.
Members of Love Rocks – Daniel, Kofi and Ama were invited to talk about the project, and the involvement of Love Rocks and Worldreader. This was followed by the Project Manager, Daniel Sakyi who talked about the training they had undergone and the anticipation of the school to start using the e-readers.

Mrs. Mingle, District Education Officer and Mr. Akuorkor, former head of Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Legon spearheaded the cutting of the ribbon to launch the 50 kindles received by the school. This was followed by students demonstrating the use of the kindle to the parents and guests.
Special guest to the event, Gyasihene of the town, who was one of the people the students demonstrated the use of the e-reader to, was highly impressed.

Certificates were awarded to the teachers who went through the training​
Pledge forms were then passed around for parents and students to fill, promising to take care of the e-readers and use it well.
Refreshments were then passed around to each guest. Two students gave poetry recitals.
Mrs. Mingle and Mr. Akuorkor both took to the floor to talk about the importance of education and reading and expressed their delight in the school having this opportunity to better their worth.
The event ended with a closing prayer.

The training and the launch ceremony was very successful. The launch was attended by about 90 people. We left the town of Adukrom with very pleased students, teachers and parents and a community of people requesting that the project be spread to other schools in the community.

-Love Rocks Team

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50 E-readers project

Over the years Love Rocks​ has been working towards the goal of helping young people become active and relevant members of their communities; from our weekly mentoring to book donations to interactive activities.

Thank you for being a part of our journey thus far. We are excited to present our newest project to you and confident in your continuous support!
Love rocks has partnered with Worldreader Organization (a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to reduce the illiteracy rate) to bring 50 e-readers (kindle 4 ) to the Junior High School students of Dordiak Educational Complex in Adukrom-Akuapem, which is in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
There will be 100 books on each e-reader, and all these books will be available to 200 students. This is a great resource in promoting our cause of helping these students cultivate the habit of reading and having access to a wealth of knowledge.
We need you to help us raise $1,500 for the logistics involved in bringing the e-readers to the students, including the building of a safe and secure charging station for the e-readers and the cost involved in training a project manager.
Please donate and be a part of bringing this library to the students.
If you’d like to donate, kindly send donations to our MTN Mobile Money account: 0246903176

donate via our gofundme page: http://www.gofundme.com/loverocks

or kindly call 0506843096 or 0207568620,

or send us an email: loverocs@gmail.com

Thank you. We appreciate your support!

 

Quarterly Review

Hello 🙂

April is almost dead, and to end the quarter, here’s a short review on what  up to since January.

We donated 300 books to 3 schools; Pokuase Methodist JHS, Dordiak Educational Complex and Our Lady of Assumption Basic School

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We mentored 9 Saturdays in 2 schools.

This year, we’ve had an increase in mentors;  about 20 people have volunteered to mentor. Thank you guys. We still need more mentors, send us an email if you’re interested, even if it’s just one Saturday 🙂

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Schools are on vacation, so a little rest for us, mentoring resumes in the second week of May

3 years ago we a little donation for CountrySide Orphanage in Bodwiase. This year, we would love to visit them again with another donation.

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We’ll send a complete list of things we wish to get for them, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in contributing to the donation, kindly send an email to loverocs@gmail.com

Have a great week!

-From the LoveRocks Team

Donation of 100 Books to Pokuase Methodist Basic 1 JHS

Yesterday morning, 4th March 2014, we were at Pokuase Methodist Basic 1 JHS to donate the 100 books we told you about in our previous post.

We did well to get there on time.
The headmaster, who was expecting us on the day, called an assembly of the students and introduced us. We spoke the students for a few minutes and presented the books to the headmaster.

We then spent 30 minutes with the students letting each student read a few lines. This gave us an idea of how to organize the students in groups of either 6 or 7.
These groupings are for the term and will help us monitor the progress the students on a smaller scale at each weekly visit.
A 45-60 minute period has been allotted into their weekly time-table to further this.

After we were done for the day they went on their usual break.

We will follow up weekly with exercises, questions they might have, and read with them.

We can still do with your help by donating books or money.

You can send a mail to loverocs@gmail.com

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1st March 2014

Over the weekend, Saturday, 1st March 2014, we had yet another successful time with some students of Dordiak Educational Complex.

We handled two classes – Form 2 and 3 – as we took them through English and Science respectively.

The Form 3 students were in three groups of five students each. We studied relative clauses for about an hour, and read “The Gods Are Not To Blame” for 30 minutes.

Concurrently, the Form 2 students were in three groups of seven students each.
We studied Elements, and did some reading of “Marriage of Anansewa” at the end of the day.

The groupings of students are for the term.

We’ll be starting with another school in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, we’ll be donating 100 books to Pokuase Methodist 1 JHS on Tuesday, 4th March, 2014 at 10am.

If anyone is interested in donating books or money, please send an email to loverocs@gmail.com

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THE MENTORING PROGRAM

Last year we mentored in two schools, in two subjects, mainly – English language and Mathematics.  After assessing the kids we have decided to concentrate on a smaller number of topics in order to have more success than struggling to cover all the topics in the short time we spend with them, hence we will have more time for each subject and a better chance of teaching into detail. So we have divided the syllabus for each subject into half. We will be working on only that half throughout that year.

For consistency sake, each form will study two subjects per term. There are 4 months in each term, so two months for each subject. Eg. For the first two months, all form 1s will be mentored on Maths, all form 2s on Integrated Science and all form 3s on English language. And so on…

Mentoring guide & mentors

We will make the guide for each mentoring session available a week before each session. We encourage more people to sign up for the mentoring program. Volunteers can plan ahead and schedule the week they want to mentor in each month or one month, whichever suits you. You can let us know now if you we should put your name down for 2nd week in March or 1st week in April. Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a stranger to tell a lover. The people who volunteer, the more kids we can reach to. We encourage everyone to volunteer as early as possible or register for a date to volunteer as early as possible; no mentor is going to the class unprepared.

We’re open to suggestions / comments that will make us better. If you have any such comments, kindly mail us at loverocs@gmail.com

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