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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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

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

Don’t forget to like us on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/loverocks.org,  follow us on Instagram and twitter -@loverocksorg

New year, better results.

Happy new year! (the year is still new right? even if it’s February :-))

We hope 2014 has been good to you so far. At Love Rocks, we are geared up and ready for this year to be even better than last year. Remember READiness? The poetry and music show we put together to raise funds to buy books for the students we have been mentoring. Below are some of the pictures from the event.

ImageImageImage Visit our facebook page to view the rest of the photos and a short video footage of that day’s events (https://www.facebook.com/loverocks.org?ref=hl)

Thanks to everyone who came out that night to support us, the organizers, the mc, the artists and the wonderful audience. Thanks to you guys, we were able to raise ¢802 cedis. With that money, we have been able to purchase 100 copies each of 3 books:

The gods are not to blame by Ola Rotimi, 

The marriage of Anansewaa by Efua Sutherland and

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Making a total of 300 books.

We will be distributing these books to 3 schools, giving each school a mix up of 100 books each. 

We will be sending video and photo updates when next we make a trip to these schools. We couldn’t have made this possible without you. Thank you once again!

We still want to reach a larger number of students, If anyone is interested in donating books or money, please send an email to loverocs@gmail.com

Like us on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/loverocks.org?ref=hl

Follow us on both twitter and instagram – @Loverocksorg

Have an awesome week everyone! 

 

READiness

LOVE ROCKS presents:
READiness
A Poetry & music night at Sytris Bookshop/Cafe (opposite Smoothy’s), Osu.
Artistes on the bill:
Poetra
Chief Moomen
Tae
Rhyme Sonny
Edith Ndabi
100% and several others.
Rate is GhC 10.00
100% of Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase literary books for the children.

Read more on this

Contact us at loverocs@gmail.com if you will not be at the event but have found it in your heart to help our cause.

Volunteers to mentor on Saturdays are still welcome. You will be working with some amazing volunteers and incredible, eager kids.

Thank you, we appreciate all the support!

Join Us: Be a Mentor

        Last Saturday we were at Pokuase Methodist 1 JHS to mentor the students. The JHS block is made up of 3 classrooms and a student population of 200. The students go to school in batches due to lack of space; there’s a morning batch and an afternoon batch. The teaching staff were very pleased to have us there. We completed the day’s mentoring discovering a lot of problems, getting to know the kids, and teaching them as well as learning ourselves. We really want to make a difference and we can only do that if more people volunteer their time to be mentors for just a few hours. Donate your Saturday morning(s) to us and you’ll be making a mark in someone’s life. Send an email to loverocs@gmail.com if you want to be a mentor.

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