Blue Chip have become the Gold Sponsor of Ghanaian schoolchild, Gbemega Saviour, supporting his education at the newly built St Nicholas Preparatory School in the port town of Tema, near the Ghanain capital of Accra. The School officially opened in February 2012, providing pre-school education to disadvantaged children living in the surrounding shanty town, teaching them English, reading, writing and other classroom skills.
Blue Chip Managing Director, Richard Cook, said: “When we were approached to sponsor Gbemega, we were given three options – gold, silver or bronze. Gold sponsorship is just £350, which provides Gbemega with a school uniform, schoolbooks, writing materials as well as breakfast, a fruit snack and healthy lunch, plus treatment for any medical needs - for an entire year. It is such a small amount of money to improve the life of a child for the long term, and other businesses can help by sponsoring a child or making a donation. We are very much looking forward to the regular updates on Gbemega’s progress.”
Founders of the School, Deborah Eleazar and Alkiviadis Kappas raised the start-up capital to build the School, which has had its first intake of 25 children. Sponsorship, donations and fundraising will provide crucial funding for both the running and future developments of the School.
The immediate plan is to develop the existing site for a new intake of children next year, enabling the existing class to progress to the next level. In the longer term, working in close collaboration with Teabag, a UK registered charity that provides support to education projects in Ghana, the School plans for further classrooms to be built on land already purchased, with a new class added each year to take the children through the full primary and secondary curriculum.