Laptop Drive: Ghana Scholarship Fund

PRESS RELEASE

Through our Global Ministries Committee, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church has partnered with the Ghana Scholarship Fund, Inc. to provide scholarships to deserving high school and university students in rural Ghana, West Africa. The mission of the Ghana Scholarship Fund, founded by Kathleen Hubbard-Ismail, is to educate children whose parents can’t afford to pay the required tuition fees. To date, GSF has provided 144 scholarships to Senior High School and 33 scholarships to University.

How You Can Help:  GSF is seeking donations of gently used laptops for this year’s university scholarship students who desperately need them for their academic studies. This is an expense that is not covered in the scholarship funding. Laptops will be collected at SCAPC on Sundays in Frampton Fellowship following worship, July 1st-July 29th.

All hard drives are thoroughly and professionally cleaned by our expert in the United States and are then loaded with the appropriate software before sending to Ghana. All you need to do is to delete your personal files (emails, documents, pictures, etc.) and all passwords. As a final security we will wipe the drive and reinstall the operating system.

For PCs the minimum operating system is Windows 7 with a minimum 4GB RAM; for MACs the minimum is 2GB RAM.

If we exceed our goal, the additional laptops will be donated to the community library at Senchi Ferry where they will be available for village children to use to access a wide variety of online academic tutorials. “Trust me when I say that our online academic tutorials are changing the lives of the children who visit the library,” says Kathleen, “MANY of whom visit the library on a daily basis.  We have tutorials in ALL subjects and for ALL grades (Kindergarten through University and beyond).”

The SCAPC “Computer Drive” will take place throughout the month of July. Members of the Global Ministries Committee will be on hand in the Frampton Fellowship Hall on each Sunday in July, before and after the worship service, to accept donated laptops. Additionally, you can contact Pastor Sarah (sarah@scapc.org) or Committee Member Patti Pannell (pattipannell@yahoo.com) who can coordinate other times for collection and answer any questions. You will also be eligible for a tax deduction (confirmed in a letter from GSF).

To learn more about the Ghana Scholarship Fund, visit http://ghanascholarships.org/

SCAPC CONTACT: Patti Pannell:  pattipannell@yahoo.com