How it all began
Philomena Benz Howell, initiator of this organisation, has worked as a volunteer in various projects for many years in Africa. As part of one of these engagements she met and worked with Mohammed Sulemana. He told her about his village Adohojo and his dreams to improve it. Mohammed had already started building the foundations outside his home and Philomena decided there and then to support his vision.
The village of Adohojo has about 1,000 inhabitants, and is located 40 km from the capital Accra. Currently, none of the houses has either running water nor electricity; most of the residents live close to the poverty line. Many parents can’t afford either the official school fees in Ghana, nor bring up the money for clothing, materials or transportation.
Philomena Benz Howell facilitated the start of a preschool in Ahodjo with her first private donations; Mohammed Sulemana’s skill and energy as our project manager quickly turned the idea into a reality.
The purchase of 4 hectares of land were followed by the school’s construction: a simple, serviceable building with three rooms. On the first day there were about 10 very young pupils on the spot, two weeks later there were already over 20. Other interested parents had to be rejected for lack of space. Mohammed Sulemana found Mercy Denkyi, who taught and cared for the children. In the beginning his mother cooked every day for the 20 children. Mohammed Sulemana is responsible for the administration, budget planning, information and development of the project.
Meanwhile the Kidz Foundation gratefully employs 6 teachers, Diana Ampofoah, Ayisheitu Adamu, Iseralla Ayehbea, Doris Adomah, Fustina Owusu and a young helper called Solomon Agyei. They teach and supervise the children aged 3-6 years from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Gladys Anaba helps Mohammed with the administration.Mary Owusu our cook and her helper Victoria Tawiah do a great job of providing meals for all.
In January 2016, Nimdy was founded on the initiative of Philomena Benz. The manager of the organisation, Karin Gisler, visited Kidz Foundation in January 2016. She observed that all the funds had been invested directly in to the project. The schoolhouse has been painted, the donations enabled the purchase of tables, shelves, benches and school supplies. Even a simple latrine was built. Teachers were hired and a school plan was developed.. The school was recognised by the Ministry of Education in Ghana.