Rachael Bull
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Things are evolving here at FOA, and that became very apparent this week as we wrapped up the seventh week of our Transition off the Streets (TOS) programming. Our #NorviwoScholars have been making progress every day as they get closer to starting school, and our movers and shakers behind the scenes are making this all possible.

This week two of our #FOAChildren from the streets joined us #AtNorviwo to spend some time with our #FOAFamily. During this time, we were able to get a better understanding of their history, their strengths, and their future goals. We are so excited to have these boys join our #NorviwoScholars and to watch them reach their full potential!

Our science programming was a hit once again this week as we introduced experimentation. It is important to us here #AtNorviwo that each one of our scholars is accommodated, and we recognize that each student has a different cognitive style. By incorporating experiential learning and hands on projects we are able to make sure all of our students are engaged.

This week we also a started a World Religions class here #AtNorviwo after we realized there was a lot of interest and curiosity amongst our scholars. With interns and volunteers from diverse backgrounds at FOA, we recognized that our scholars were intrigued with the unknown and took this as an opportunity to further develop their intercultural literacy.

Pictured below is Kelvin, one of our original #FOAVolunteers. Following a calling he felt to serve his community, Kelvin remembers the exact day he started volunteering with FOA, on May 22nd, 2016. Kelvin has dedicated his Saturdays to street outreach ever since, as well as recently becoming a classroom teacher during the week days #AtNorviwo. Kelvin’s favourite thing about FOA is the diversity and inclusivity that makes up the #FOAFamily, “where everyone is a leader and all ideas are important”.

Thank you, Kelvin, and everyone else in the #FOAFamily who helps us reach our goal of one less child on the streets while building a culture of selfless service in Africa!

Rachael Bull
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Today brings the fifth week of our Transition Off the Streets (TOS) programming to a close here at the Norviwo Community Centre. We are thankful for the great weather this week, and all the time we have been able to spend outside together. The sunshine has brought many smiles to our #FOAFamily this week. 

This week one of our #FOAChildren who is currently studying at Village of Hope in Gomoa came to stay with us #atNorviwo during her school break. We are so proud to hear how amazing she is doing in school, as she takes the #1 class rank in mathematics! 

Our regular programming continued this week, and we are pleased to see the progress being made every day by each one of our #FOAChildren. This week our Science programming took the spotlight, with impressive science test scores and a new unit on earth and space science. To end off the week, our #FOAChildren combined their artistic abilities with their new science unit to create a classroom solar system. 

Pictured above is Solomon, one of our #FOAChildren here #AtNorviwo, holding a photo he drew of TK. This week Solomon is the Norviwo superstar, scoring highest on the class science test, and achieving the most points in our Norviwo weekly reward program. Each week Solomon continues to brighten our days with his infectious smile and his artistic abilities, through dance, music, and art. Solomon will be turning 17 years old next week, and dreams of being an artist in the future. We are confident that his God- given gifts, along with his hard work ethic, and determination will take him where he wants to go.

We are pleased to welcome some new faces to the #FOAFamily this week as our volunteer team continues to grow! Our #FOAVolunteers are an integral part of what we do here, and we are so thankful for each and every one of them. If you are interested in volunteering with us check out the link in any of our social media profiles, or join us tomorrow for our Saturday night street outreach. #LeadToServeAfrica #LetsEndChildPoverty #FOALeaders #Ghana #Accra

Rachael Bull
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Today marks four weeks of our Transition Off the Streets (TOS) program here at the Norviwo Community Centre. The week has been one full of learning and laughter for both our #FOAChildren and #FOALeaders.

In the classroom, our daily programming has focused on literacy, numeracy, science, and arts. A highlight for our #FOAChildren is always their art projects, which provide effective and engaging methods of self-expression. It has also become a highlight for our #FOALeaders to see the creativity and self-confidence that these projects encourage.

One of the highlights at Norviwo this week was a LEGO project. Everyone’s designs were unique and included some impressive airplanes, trucks and building structures. Soloman (left) and Bismark (right) show off their housing creations.

We are so thankful for this space and the people within it that provide security and a sense of belonging for our #FOAChildren. We are blessed to have Auntie Clara, who keeps Norviwo running smoothly from morning to night. Her delicious cooking keeps our stomachs full, and her contagious smile brings happiness to everyone around her. Auntie Clara makes a lot of things possible at Norviwo, but most notably providing a sense of family as she brings everyone together to eat.

Tomorrow we will be on the streets for our weekly outreach, and on Monday we will be back at Norviwo for the fifth week of our TOS programming. We look forward to what the next week has in store, and we are so grateful for everyone who makes FOA possible. #FOAFamily