On Thursday November 5, 2015, Ghana international model Victoria Michaels was blessed with another year.
According to her, “this particular birthday celebration is remarkable for me in so many ways; one very important aspect is my determination to GIVE BACK something of worth through my foundation and our partners.”
Birthdays are special days and to celebrate this day, Victoria Michaels did not plan an expensive party or get together with friends as expected of a personality of her status.
Instead, two months to her special day, she began the journey to see to the launch of her foundation; the Victoria Michaels Foundation’s $500,000 Africa Literacy Development Initiative.
The yet to be launched Victoria Michaels Foundation believes in “Touching lives everywhere” through various development projects and programs across the African continent. It was set up to focus on three major areas; Education, Women/Girl Child Development and Youth Empowerment.
“The Victoria Michaels Foundation was set up to cater for street kids, young people in the society who have the potential to become great but don’t have anyone looking out for them, to pay for their school fees or actually ensuring that they are in school,” the celebrated model told GhanaGist.Com.
The Foundation through its flagship Education Project is the Africa Literacy Development Initiative (ALDI) together with other partners will commit $500,000 within a year to cater for libraries, books and well-resourced community literacy and technology centres in both rural and semi urban Sub Saharan Africa.
The first school to benefit from the project is the Awudome Junior High School located in Kaneshie, a suburb of Accra. The Victoria Michaels Foundation team with support from Oxford Mayambook donated over 500 books to the school’s library.
Headmistress of the Awudome 4 JHS, Comfort Boateng thanked the model and her team for the donation. Geniece Benson, a student of the school promised that, the students will make good use of the books.
Speaking after the donation, Victoria Michaels told GhanaGist.Com, “Two months before my birthday, I didn’t know whether to have a party or not but it dawn on me that there are so many deprived kids in our society. I encounter them everywhere; in a market place, in churches and they always come to you and say auntie can you help me, can you do this for me, can you do that for me, but I believe if these kids are educated.”
“If they are able to access some educational materials and can communicate then they can actually do something for themselves rather than stealing and doing all the things that people do when they don’t have access to comfort.”
“This project is driven by passion and I believe that there are people out there who are very passionately about the less privileged and street kids. I want to call on you. I want to urge you to actually jump on board and help make this dream a reality.”
Musician Becca, Stacy Amoateng and some friends and family of the Victoria Michaels Foundation were present to show support and love. Also present were some personnel from partners as well as the Circuit Supervisor, Kaneshie East Circuit, Mr Theophilus Adjei, her manager, Gabby Ibe.