In the summer of 2019, Mount Paran Christian School alumna Sarah Tubo ‘13 learned of a woman named Ajike who lives in Ghana and builds schools for children in underprivileged villages. “Once I heard about her, I prayed about how I can help.” With support from family and friends, Sarah found a shipping company that sends transports to Ghana. She started collecting school donations of all types for the children in Ghana. “My prayers were answered,” she says. “I decided my calling was revealed - to send educational supplies to Africa.”
When Sarah initially began her philanthropic journey, she created a fundraiser called “Giving For Ghana.” The response grew, leading Sarah to form The Childlike Faith Foundation, a legal not-for-profit organization. It was MPCS Alumni Relations Manager John Braswell, who suggested Sarah could partner with the school. The duo made a plan and contacted Dr. Bonnie Stephens, faculty advisor to the MPCS Beta Club.
During the 2019-2020 school year, the Beta Club collected and donated 42 pairs of new children’s shoes to benefit the children in the Northern Region of Ghana. Ajike, the local representative in Ghana, shared, “On behalf of all the kids in my community and school that your esteemed organization donated shoes to, I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone that donated, to those that gave their time, and to those that wanted to but couldn’t. It is my prayer to you that you never lack in wisdom, in wealth, and in health. The kids were so happy, and their faces filled with so much joy and happiness.”
The Childlike Faith Foundation has partnered with churches, schools, and other groups to raise money to support children in Ghana. “We did a Valentine’s Day pencil pouch drive at Summit Baptist Christian Academy last year,” Sarah says. “We raised over $2,000 from only coins and dollars! Our next fundraiser will include selling Shea soaps made by the women in the villages that we donate to.”
In the past year, the foundation has accepted donations from more than 130 donors, worked with many volunteers, and received tremendous support from the community. To date, The Childlike Faith Foundation has sent 1,000 reading books, 4,900 crayons, 530 markers, more than 300 book bags, and many other school items to Ghana. The foundation has picked up school supplies and books from homes and has collected items from four different schools in the metro-Atlanta area, including recently from MPCS.
Sarah shares, “I am so thankful to Mount Paran for this opportunity to give, and I’m blessed with the many teachers and friends from this community that helped make this possible. Thank you Mr. Braswell, Dr. Stephens, and the students who used their resources to help provide a better education to the amazing children in Ghana, Africa.”
About: Giving For Ghana is a fundraiser by Childlike Faith Foundation that aims to send educational items to children at a nursery school in Tamale, Ghana. We send books, educational tools, teaching aids, and more.