Newsletter Meet Kate Foundation
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Here’s our November newsletter in which you can read about Kate’s 10th birthday, about a worldwide Xmas Challenge and what exactly we spend your money on. Furthermore, we take the time to thank a very special person.
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Kate is 10 years old!
On November 7, Kate Essien, the inspiration, symbol and name giver to the foundation turned 10 years old.
Congratulations, dear Kate!
How much she has changed: from a tiny little girl of barely 1 kilo to a beautiful, happy and confident girl. Luckily her smile and radiant eyes have always stayed the same. We wish Kate a year filled with joy and hope she will continue to be an example for many more! 
Want to see the changes Kate went through over the past ten years? Click on the film below! 
Ready for a Xmas Challenge?
This Christmas Meet Kate is joining a special challenge.The GlobalGiving Challenge will run from November 23rd to December 31st 2011. The goals of the Challenge are to raise $4,000 from a minimum of 50 unique donors. Only participants who reach the goals during the Challenge timeline will earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving’s website. Meaning Meet Kate can fundraise on an international level and establish more educational projects in Ghana.
Are you American, Canadian, German or Australian? No matter where you are from, you can help us with this challenge! Click here to read how you can invest these holidays in the future of 200 Ghanaian children (and it is not only financially, you can help in more ways).
Moreover Meet Kate gives you 5 good reasons why Meet Kate is a good choice to sponsor this Christmas
What are we spending
your money on?
Transparency and a personal approach towards our donors are key point in our foundation. For this reason, we would like to give you an insight into our monthly income and spending of both Meet Kate in The Netherlands and in Ghana. The graph below (click on the image to enlarge) shows for example that:
  • 90 percent of all donations goes to our projects in Ghana
  • Single donations account for 30% of our income in 2011
  • In Ghana, the most money is spent on food, education and the care of the children at the Meet Kate Children’s Home (27%)
If you have any questions about our income or spending, please send an email to A financial overview of 2011 will be presented in our annual report, coming 2012. 
Special thanks to
Gerardus Vermond
At 61 years of age, Gerardus Vermond from Voorhout passed away on September 14, 2011.

Mr. Vermond watched an episode about Meet Kate last year and was deeply impressed by the work we do for needy children in Ghana. As a young boy, he had been abandoned by his parents and before living with a foster family, had spent a horrible time in a shelter.The memories to his difficult childhood have stuck with him throughout his life, as became clear at his funeral. Mr. Vermond watched the episode with special attention and was touched by the motivation of Meet Kate and the joy in the children’s eyes. He therefore named the Meet Kate Foundation his only heir in his testament.

Unfortunately, we never had the chance to meet Mr. Vermond but we are grateful and very moved by the thought that we, without knowing, got to play a part in this man’s life. With his donation we can build a large portion of the school this coming year. We will place a permanent remembrance of this special man in our new school, so his memory lives on. The live of Gerardus Vermond has not been easy, but through him many children in Ekwamkrom will get a better future.

That which he never had himself, we will try to give others in his name.

Gerardus Vermond, rest in peace.

Kind Regards,
Kelly de Vries 
Stichting Meet Kate, Postbus 92235, 1090 AE, Amsterdam

24-11-2011, Ekwamkrom

Birthdays in November  

Kate Essien (10)
Abena (11)
Rebecca (6)
Stephen Krampah (secretary)
Henrietta Addo (teacher)
Peter R. de Vries (ambassador) 
Meet Kate wants you to meet...

Every newsletter, we introduce you to someone in one of our projects. This can be one of the children, a student, teacher or employee. This month, we’d like you to meet          
      Grace Dorkoh

Meet Grace! Grace is one of the employees of the MKCH that also lives with us. She kooks and does laundry and above all she provides the necessary cheerfulness and humour! Grace cannot read and write, but the children at the MKCH are happy to teach her how.

Grace even signed her own paychecks with her newly developed signature!

Grace is an example to the children and the foundation: she works hard, never gives up and has a lot of fun in live, despite the difficult circumstances she lives in.  
Back home!

Patience lived with us for 8 months, but last month her mother picked her up and brought her back home. We are pleased to see that her mother is able and willing to take care of her again but we’re also a little worried. Patience is taken out of private school and send back to public school.
Unfortunately we have no say in this, it’s up to her mother to take care of her now. We will keep an eye on her.
Good luck Patience, you will be missed!


This month we would like to thank Tom Bijkerk.
Visiting our projects in Ghana last October made Tom so enthusiastic about our work that he made a wonderful donation!
Thanks Tom!
We are happy to see other young adults getting inspired by our projects.

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