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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. -Mother Teresa
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
We aim to preserve the future of the disadvantaged and underserved, yet potentially vibrant youth of our world by promoting and providing sustainable mentorship, the supportive environment and appropriate resources for underprivileged youth all over the globe.
To provide adequate educational resources and appropriate recreational facilities for disadvantaged and underserved youth all around the world, such that, through a supportive and nurturing environment, they can become sufficiently educated and empowered to attain their highest possible human potential.
To become a world-class, and all-inclusive non-profit organization devoted to continually striving to ensure that the world's disadvantaged youth are rescued from social, economic, intellectual and educational marginalization, such that they can continue to thrive in the full richness and diversity of their different communities.
Sibling’s Keeper is a non-profit organization committed to providing the enabling environment for disadvantaged and underserved youth all over the world to be availed with proper mentorship, the proper instructional platform; and the adequate resources and appropriate recreational facilities that will enable them to both exploit and create opportunities that will, not only transform them into better informed and more proactive global citizens, but also equip them to evolve into peak performing adults with the potential of contributing meaningfully to society.
Our ultimate goal is to create a new generation of global leaders who will be inspired to become civic-minded and ethical decision-makers by learning to solve problems through critical and creative thinking; confident and competent communication, and synergistic teamwork; all in a noble bid to see them develop genuine career motivation and a user-friendly knowledge of our global and multicultural society.
Sibling's Keeper is particularly fixated on building self-confidence and encouraging teamwork through the instrumentality of recreational activities. Sibling's Keeper also provides a credible global platform for student collaboration projects, whilst also advancing intellectual creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, in the perfectly defensible belief that these are all areas that will prove to be of vital importance to our world in the decades still ahead.
Early Childhood Development
Sibling's Keeper provides youth with safe havens where they can learn and socialize, and, more importantly, realize who they truly are and who they can ultimately become. Our sincere goal is to develop true leadership potential in our youth through their participation in educational and recreational activities.
Children in the rural areas of developing nations often have less access to school-based creative arts and recreational programs. Additionally, the socioeconomic plight of poor families often conspire against parents having the time, energy, or skills to engage in play with their children. Yet, play is important for the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development of children. In addition to being critical for general health, play develops life and communication skills in children.
That is why we provide a balance of play and structured activities, including story time, individual reading assignments and monologues based on book themes. Youth who are reading below acceptable standards will get the assistance they need to improve at this critical skill. One-on-one attention is rendered by volunteers, while younger participants who are not yet reading on their own can avail themselves of reading groups.
Youth Mentorship Programs
Our Youth Mentorship Programs are designed to provide young people with skills that will, not only assist them cope more effectively with early critical developmental challenges, but also easily integrate them into the aspirations of the community in such a way as to provide a conducive environment for both their positive development, and the creation of more opportunities for their self-actualization. We believe that this will allow them to have more positive experiences, become productive members of their communities and provide them with the skills needed to become successful in their future endeavors.
We now know, based on both scientific proof and empirical evidence, that many young adults more easily slide into anxiety and depression when trying to navigate life on their own; often feeling like the 'dots of living' are not connecting for them. We have made it our job, not only to listen to these young people, but to also provide a safe and secure place for them to be heard, thereby helping them navigate their paths to success.
Our Mentorship programs are based on individual needs and goals. Sometimes the route is direct, yet at other times, it can take tortuous twists and unexpected turns. Since we are sincerely motivated to help our youth, we are also inspired to truly focus on what works for them, while simultaneously learning from what blocks them individually. This way, we are able to competently help the youth establish long-lasting change, and as self-aware individuals, to create internal harmony, and maintain long-lasting and enriching inter-human relationships.
Community Impact Programs
In these programs, participants engage in educational and recreational activities, local and global team building projects, and the cultivation of lasting relationships.
The programs are designed to introduce participants to a basic familiarity with various trades, social skills, and job opportunities. Sibling's keeper staff offer youth the needed resources, and individual care that can help them succeed as individuals. We focus on life skills and team building, while our staff also discuss future college and career opportunities.
In addition to broadening our participant's horizons as to the many different options available to them, we devote premium attention to resumes, interviews, basic appearance; and social and communication skills.
Supporting our mission enables Sibling's Keeper to provide our youth with tools needed for the critical skill of imagination development, so that they can become responsible and self-sufficient members of our global family.
Imagination is critical indeed. It is that creative power that is necessary for inventing an instrument, designing a dress or a house, painting a picture or writing a book. The creative power of imagination has an important role to play in the achievement of success in any field of human endeavor.
Why Support Us?
The goal of Sibling’s Keeper is simple. We aim to promote social justice and equity, and in the process, we encourage others to join us in upholding these two noble principles by working for systemic change on the global turf.
There are growing inequalities all around the world, not only among nations but also within countries. The gap between rich and poor, and its negative impact on education systems, and the right to education is quite serious. Social justice demands that we all work towards reversing this growing inequality, and the first step is to expand opportunities for good quality education. An equity approach, on the other hand, signifies efforts aimed at reaching marginalized and deprived populations first, in contrast to reaching only greater quantities of people.
Sibling’s Keeper appreciates that a lack of basic education and access to resources can easily increase the chances of child exploitation, including but not limited to human trafficking and child labor. Our proactive solution is to combat child exploitation by providing educational and recreational resources to develop a community such that it will be able to sustain itself for generations to come. In doing so, Sibling’s Keeper will address 4 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as follows:
Poverty | Good Health & Well Being | Quality Education | Gender Equality
Poverty connotes much more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services; social discrimination and exclusion, as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. By providing Sonkwaa Village, our pilot project in Ghana, with the first library, computer center, and the modernization of the schoolhouse, Sibling’s Keeper will be able to achieve the following:
* Promote wellness at an early age, which is essential to sustainable development.
* Improve basic literacy skills. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
* Educate young mothers, as even mothers with only primary schooling are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education.
Investing in our children, and focusing on providing them with educational and recreational support serves to promote the following:
- Cognitive Development: This is the child’s ability to learn and solve problems.
- Social and Emotional Development: This is the child’s ability to interact with others, which includes being able to help themselves and self-control.
- Speech and Language Development: This is the child’s ability to both understand and use language.
- Fine Motor Skill Development: This is the child’s ability to use small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers, to pick up small objects, hold a spoon, turn pages in a book, or use a crayon to draw.
- Gross Motor Skill Development: This is the child’s ability to use large muscles.
MEET THE TEAM
LaToya Samuels Wharton, MBA
Founder/ Executive Director
Ms. Wharton comes from the pre-eminently paralegal background of 17+ years combined law management office exposure incorporating intensive and extensive experience in business law, corporation formation, human resources; and IT/manager of information services, facilities and operations.
Chris Kofi Nyen
Sonkwaa Regional Advisor
Mr. Nyen is a liaison for US and Ghana project assessments. Assists with coordinating logistics in Sonkwaa and documents all projects completed by local service providers.
Former UN Correspondent on African Affairs; former Housing Coordinator, City Of Jersey City; Emeritus Alumna Lincoln University- Alma Mater Of President Kwame Nkrumah; Member Of AFRICAN Women for Good Governance & Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrants; lifelong interest in the establishment of a thriving, prosperous United Continent Of Africa. MS Guidance & Counseling; Broadcast Journalism
Ms. Davis is the founder of Hidden Figures, LLC a financial literacy program and Accountant with over a decade of financial experience in both the US and internationally. She loves to create tax & wealth strategies to help the youth, communities and clients see the future of what’s possible.
ETSI SONKWAA, GHANA
Meeting with the Headmaster of Sonkwaa JHS & Primary school to discuss plans to build and facilitate Sonkwaa's first library and computer center.
Students of Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, PA recorded a video message of solidarity to the students of Sonkwaa Junior High & Primary Schools.
SONKWAA TEAM UNIFORM DONATIONS
Sibling's Keeper is grateful for the tremendous act of kindness by C.A.K. Auto Care of Bridgeport, PA.
C.A.K. Auto Care supplied the funds to purchase over 100 team jerseys for track, soccer, handball, netball & volleyball; replace missing soccer goals, nets, balls, cones; volleyball net, balls; replace netball court; and tons of other recreational and educational materials.
We are seeking the support of generous sponsors to donate funds that will cover the cost of an outdoor playground for the students of the primary school, footwear for all of the student athletes, field paint for the netball, track and soccer fields, scoreboards, materials and paint for outdoor benches, and all other recreational related expenses.
FUTURE HOME OF SONKWAA'S FIRST LIBRARY COMPUTER CENTER
Sibling's Keeper is in the process of launching the first library and computer center in the Village of Sonkwaa. As you can see, the classrooms are bare and information technology is being taught using a chalk board.
We are seeking the support of generous sponsors to donate funds that will cover the cost of material, labor, equipment, furniture, classroom supplies wireless computer hardware and software, internet subscription, and all other educational related expenses.
NIGERIA DICTIONARY DONATIONS
Sibling's Keeper supplied over 200 English dictionaries for distribution at orphanages and schools in a village located in Abia State, Nigeria.
KIDS EMBRACING CULTURE IN NEW YORK
PERFORMED NEED ASSESSMENTS IN ACCRA, GHANA
PERFORMED NEED ASSESSMENT IN SONKWAA, GHANA
Community development programs can give children activities to pursue that may keep them out of trouble. Community development can help alleviate societal issues impacting the local community.
Public health concerns surrounding poor sanitary conditions for the students of Sonkwaa must be addressed. Increasing demand for and sustained use of sanitation, especially in rural areas will reduce the spread of infections.
Girls Netball Competition
The Sonkwaa Girls' debuted their new jerseys and placed 2nd in netball competitions.
Boys Volleyball Competitions
The Sonkwaa Boys Under 15 Team won 1st Place in volleyball and placed 3rd in handball
The community shows up to support the students of Sonkwaa JHS.
Kiwanis Club of Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Board members of Kiwanis Club of Collegeville offering support the fundraising efforts of Sibling's Keeper.
Niche Cocoa, Tema, Ghana
Sibling's Keeper received support from Niche Cocoa, the leading Ghanaian cocoa company that exports semi-finished products from Ghana.
Juneteenth Parade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sibling's Keeper debuted Niche Cocoa, Ghana's premium chocolates, during a fundraiser at Penn's Landing. It was a HUGE SUCCESS!
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