BTAC SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Supporting One Child at a Time


 

Popcorn and a movie for two?
A pair sneaker on the discount rack?
But did you know that $100 could literally be a life-changing investment?

These are not dramatic words for theatrical appeal. These are words of truth.
Your $100 could go very far in helping those who are the most vulnerable and in need – the
beautiful children in Ghana. $100 can support the educational needs to ensure a child goes to and
stay in school for one year!

The Calling of Bridge-To-Africa Connection, Inc.
As the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Bridge-To-Africa Connection,
Incorporated, I am leading the effort to work with my colleagues and friends to improve the
quality of life for poor children in the rural villages and towns in Ghana by providing education
assistance.

The focus of Bridge-To-Africa Connection is to help each child within our reach with getting an
education and staying in school. Through sponsorships we help to pay school PTA levies, buy
food, uniforms, pay for extra tutoring and attend to emergency needs as they arise.
While the local community led by the Chief provides most school buildings, they don’t have
funding to maintain or keep the school buildings updated with basic things like seated desks,
libraries and computer labs. Bridge-To-Africa Connection raises funds to assist with that too.
Our objective is to help children attend school, stay in school and improve their performance in
school.

The Needs of the Children
While government schools provide the teaching staff for students in kindergarten to senior high
school, there are basic levies required for them to attend school every day, which many parents

simply cannot afford to pay. Those fees include uniforms, books, and school supplies at the rate
of $35 a semester, an amount most of spend without any contemplation.
You see the average person in the rural areas of Ghana makes less than $2/day selling food,
goods and water. For these parents / guardians living in extreme poverty, there is literally no
choice when it comes down to deciding whether to spend their money on food or sending their
child to school.

As a result, most poor children just don’t go to school; they stay home and work in farms, sell
water, or do petty trading. You can often find these precious children sitting on the side of the
road during school hours because they don’t have money to go to school or because their parents
couldn’t afford to buy uniforms or books.
In most rural areas, it takes 2 Ghana Cedis ($0.5) per day for food, 55 Ghana Cedis ($13.8) to
pay the school PTA levies per semester, 100 Ghana Cedis ($25.00) for books annually or 50
Ghana Cedis ($12.5) for uniform annually.

You Can help!
Giving up a movie, or passing on a pair of discount shoes can go a long way in helping the
children of Ghana get an education and subsequently changing their futures and those of their
families.

I invite you to join others and me in sponsoring a child for a semester, year or whatever you are
moved to do. If you can afford it, you can sponsor the child assigned to you for their entire
education through Junior High School and Senior High School. We are hoping that if we can
help change the life of one child at a time, we can help to eradicate poverty and give a child the
opportunity to get into University, Trade / Technical School and become an example for others
to help themselves, their families and community.

If you would like to sponsor one of the many larger scale project or programs we are working on,
I would love to provide you with that information as well. Your deduction is tax deductible. But
remember, your investment is invaluable.
Whatever you can do is appreciated, no amount is too small!

CONTACT INFO:
Please contact: Dawn Sutherland at (310) 272-9673
To make a tax-deductible financial gift go to: https://bridgetoafricaconnection.org/donate
Thank you for your support and care!

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Dawn Sutherland
Executive Director, Bridge to Africa Connection, Inc.
[email protected]etoafricaconnection.org
(310) 272-9673