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Projects

Projects 2012 through 2018

Beginning with children, especially special needs children and those from low-income single parent homes, ‘Project Kick’ was created in the states by FRF. Using the game of soccer as the vehicle to gather, impact, and transform the lives of children and their families, the program provides after school activities both at home and abroad. In addition to the actual game, there are the components of teamwork, mentoring, role-modeling, tutoring, and good citizenship. Sports activities are transformative for both males and females. Project Kick is determined to make contributions in the lives of the young people that participate in the program that will last forever.

In addition to Project Kick which operates both in the US and Ghana and has served more than a thousand children, FRF operates ‘Books In Hand’ ‘Change of Clothing’ and ‘Project New Hope’ and ‘Project MD’. These projects focus upon the gathering of discarded, but still usable, items of clothing, books, athletic equipment, and medical supplies. What was discarded in the United States, gains a new life in the US and Ghana, and change lives in the US and Ghana.

In a short period of time, much has been accomplished through the distribution of books and building of more than 30 libraries through the “Books in Hand” project. Clothing in all shapes, ages, and styles have found new use and life, and provided ‘a change of clothing’ to women, children, and men through the ‘Change of Clothing’ project. Having something new for them to wear, affects self-esteem, self-confidence, and opens up the world of possibilities. What is taken for granted in the States, is a total luxury in many parts of the world. More than 30,000 individuals have benefited through these projects.

Discarded but usable medical supplies in every category are obtained from hospitals and sent to hospitals and clinics in the Dansoman Region of Ghana through ‘Project MD’. Doctors no longer have to wash sutures by hand for re-use, but can proceed to save lives and heal diseases with the necessary tools and equipment.

FRF has created the avenues of collection, the avenues of distribution, and the areas that these donations and items will have the most impact both in the United States and Ghana. Thousands of lives have been impacted; thousands more are waiting, as the number of reclaimable items increases rather than decreases. ‘Project New Hope’ addresses the need for water, building of schools, and the creation of job opportunities.

 

PROJECT KICK

‘Project Kick’, (a program of FRF’s Community Outreach Program), was established to inspire and motivate youth to become involved in community activities, physical activity, set goals, and take responsibility for their own lives and neighborhoods. For children with special needs and children from single parent families, participation in sports not only increases self-esteem and engages them in a healthy and active lifestyle, but also increases their sense of self-worth, while encouraging them to expand and explore their career aspirations.

In addition to the after school athletic activities associated with, Project Kick offers both group and individual tutoring, after school and counseling activities, and parental support. As FRF, through Project Kick, continues to bolster the Community Outreach Program, the aim is to reduce isolation of children, get them away from the television, increase physical activity, and provide positive role models for youth. Developing parental interaction skills and crisis intervention will be the primary tools used to achieve success in their lives.

Lastly, by providing professional and emotional support through the programs of FRF and Project Kick, the end purpose is to build trust and confidence in FRF’s youth participants. FRF recognizes that the foundation of successful leadership comes from effectively creating, nurturing and channeling relationships toward shared goals that creates fantastic change for kids.

The need for sports activities is to provide an alternative to after school programs for children of single parent-homes, from low-income families. FRF strives to create sports activities that provide a fun, safe experience, in which children can learn basic athletic skills, good sportsmanship and teamwork, and increase their self-esteem. The activities will be after-school and on weekends, with special programs run during vacation periods.

 

‘Change of Clothing’ FRF/ (Jerome Bettis Clothing Project) 09/01/2013 till 09/01/2017′

Due to poverty, the worldwide demand for second hand clothing is on the rise.  FRF collects; packs and ships used clothing overseas to help orphans and village communities truly in need of these basic necessities. Forty-foot containers of clothing are shipped to Ghana 15 times a year, benefiting countless children and youth in extreme poverty.  Those items that are too big or not appropriate due to political or cultural reasons, are donated locally to a ministry that distributes clothes to the poor and needy.

Did You Know?

In most countries uniforms are required to attend school and parents can’t afford to purchase them for their children. Many children are missing out on an education because of something as simple as a school uniform is not available.

 

Accomplishments To Date

FRF has clothed more than 30,000 desperately needy children in Ghana.

 

Cost Per Each Shipment

The cost of sending one 8 by 8 by 40-foot container is approximately $12,000. The shipments of  clothing, shoes, outerwear, and other personal necessities cannot be delivered and distributed without the donations, contributions, and support of FRF partners and supporters.

 

‘Book in Hand’ Book Project (Shawn Springs Book Project) 08/16/2013  till 08/16/2017

FEF brings gently used books to Ghanaian communities that have lots of eager readers but very few books. FRF builds libraries in Africa by connecting book drive organizers in the United States with African communities in need.

Volunteers organize book drives and community events to help ship books to Ghana. The goals are to improve literacy, education, and self-empowerment. Many African schools do not have adequate resources to develop strong readers. Textbooks are limited as is access to a wide range of books required to develop reading skills.

Literacy and education are critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. FRF has partnered with local government agencies in Ghana whose focus is education and empowerment. FRF partners in Ghana include Unilever Ghana volunteers, National Service staff of Ghana, Ministry of Education and University Of Ghana.

Most parents do not have the means to purchase books on their own and there is often a limited supply of children and young adult books available in the communities. By creating a culture of literacy the anticipation is providing the tools to its citizens as a way out of poverty.

 

Did You Know?

The Majority of children in Ghana grow up without books, while U.S. bookshelves and landfills in the United States overflow with books no longer read.

  • Ghana, at 46 percent, has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.
  • Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is the number tool out of poverty.
  •  20 percent of teachers teach without book and writing resources.
  • Many adult Africans lose their ability to read due to a lack of reading materials.

Accomplishments To Date

  • Completed 20 Libraries in Ghana.
  • Created 40 partnerships with U.S. schools and other organizations.
  •  More than 30,000 books have been donated.

Cost Per Each Shipment

The cost of sending one 8 by 8 by 40-foot container of books is approximately $13,000. The shipments of books cannot reach their destination without the help of donors, partners, and supporters.

Fever Relief Fund collects opened but unused and new but unneeded medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers, and distributors diverting them from landfills and shipping them for use in Ghana.

The work of FRF saves thousands of pounds of excess medical supplies and equipment from landfills and incinerators that, for various reasons, hospitals and medical companies discard. Donations are accepted of unused, unexpired medical supplies and used but functioning biomedical equipment through FRF’s medical supply recovery program.

Partnerships have been established by FRF with hospitals throughout the United States to set up recovery programs for equipment and supplies, so the hospital staff can efficiently recycle their surplus medical supplies. This includes regular pick-up of donated supplies. Every day US hospitals prepare for surgeries and procedures by opening instrument and supply packs.  A great deal of these valuable goods are never used, though, due to government regulations, these supplies must be discarded.

FRF collects these supplies, which never had patient contact, so they can be used to save lives in Africa. While American doctors throw away sutures that have never been used, medical professionals throughout the world are washing, sun drying and reusing sutures on numerous patients.

In times of famine, drought or civil unrest, specific challenges face the children in FRF programs. When possible, FRF fills some of these needs by sending containers of humanitarian relief items including blankets, nursery kits, school kits, toys, and many other items which are needed.  Programs request specific items so that what they receive is actually put to use immediately, with minimum waste.

Did You Know?

More than $15 billion worth of medical supplies are discarded each year in the United States. At the same time, less fortunate countries are in desperate need of medical supplies. FRF closes this health care gap by connecting those who have with those who hope. Medical and surgical supplies and equipment (crutches, wheelchairs, scalpels, syringes, gloves, antibiotics, beds, exam tables etc.) are procured and delivered to health care providers in Ghana West Africa.

Accomplishments To Date

In 2013, Fever Relief Fund made 17 shipments of medical supplies and equipment to 10 Government hospitals in Ghana W. Africa. These donated articles are of immeasurable assistance to FRF health care programs overseas, often making the difference between remaining open or closing.

The goal is to raise, on a yearly basis, $346,000 for the shipping program. FRF volunteers gather, sort, repair, catalog, pack and ship items ranging from needles, syringes and bandages to incubators, computers, ultra sound and operating tables as donations to hospitals in the region. Some of these hospitals are Tema Regional Hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Achimota Hospital, Ejisu Hospital, Juaso District Hospital, Konongo Hospital, Obuasi Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Kwahu Government Hospital, Obengfo to name a few.

Cost Per Each Shipment

The cost of sending one 8 by 8 by 40-foot container is approximately $30,000. The shipments of medical supplies cannot be shipped without funding. This is where the donors and supporters of FRF are critical and crucial.

FRF closes the gap by connecting those who have with those who hope