and Free To Be
The founding principles of the Divine Mercy and Free to Be Foundation consider education to be fundamental, not only as a means for eradicating poverty, but also as a decisive means for building a brighter future for children that are impoverished and for the society at large.
The foundation was established in 2017 as a small IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit public foundation with a focus to fund the educational needs and facilitate educational opportunities of impoverished children in Ghana, West Africa.
Divine Mercy and Free to Be is the brainchild of the founder Mary O. Addo who in her youth and as a native of Ghana witnessed first hand the abject poverty and sheer hopelessness that afflict the children.
In a recent visit to Ghana, Mary observed that majority of the children were either not going to school or had dropped out primarily because of a lack of funds. The negative impact of a lack of funds for education was clear and has resulted in teen pregnancies, generational poverty, suicide, and other forms of hardship for the children involved. From these observations arose a strong desire and passion in Mary to reverse these negative trends.
The Board Members and volunteers of the Divine Mercy and Free to Be Organization are purpose driven individuals who share the vision and passion of the founder, to bring positive change to impoverished societies.
The Foundation raises funds to build low cost preschools and support targeted schools in the impoverish areas. These funds help to recruit qualified teachers, provide school supplies, scholarships and grants to students who qualify to attend schools of higher learning. The funds raised also enable The Foundation to facilitate job placement opportunities for graduates with area employers.
As a small, non-profit public foundation, we are totally dependent on individual and corporate donations to fund our programs. Therefore, our Board of Directors and volunteers cover all operational overhead costs (advertising, banking fees, mailing, website, paper consumables, etc.), so that 100% of all received donations are applied directly to our Programs.
On the 13th of November 2018, Divine Mercy and free To Be foundation featured Judith, a sweet and an affectionate five years old who was not going to school due to financial difficulties. The foundation asked the general public, family, and friends to help Judith to go back to school. On feather investigation, the foundation came to the realization that Judith has four other siblings, three of whom are in school.
Judith and her twelve years old brother Kofi Yurokyo were sacked from school due to non-payment of school fees. As a mother, a caregiver for both the elderly and children and President of the foundation, I asked myself several times how we can choose Judith to go to school and leave her brother at home. I also thought of the effect on the young boy, how he might think as to why he's been left at home. As I ponder and prayed about the situation, one donor was generous enough to pay the complete bill for Judith, allowing the rest of the money donated to help Judith, pay for her brother's school fees so that both of them can go back to school. I am happy to announce that on the 9th of January, 2019, Judith and her brother's school fees and school lunch were paid for one year.
I take the pleasure in SALUTING AND THANKING all the donors who made it happen for these kids. Each of the children who benefited from "The Sunday Child Program" under which Judith was featured received 2 school Uniforms, A children's bible, School bag, shoes, and underwear to help them start afresh. Divine Mercy was able to put Nine Children back to school this month. For more information, please read more on "The Sunday Child's Program". You can also go to www.divinemftb.com to read more about the MISSON STATEMENT of Divine Mercy and Free To Be Foundation and donate to help our children stay in school.