Brighter Than a Candle
Death is a part of life, and the ceremonial traditions, both old and new, are matters of dear importance to us. When a life is snuffed out, we pore over the passages to read, we plan the celebration of life, the pretty design of the coffin, but rarely do we spend as much time and energy on how to keep our loved ones’ memories alive. When we take a moment to consider the legacy of those passed, it is easy to see, after the prayers are said and songs are sung and candles are lit, making a donation in memory of a loved one is possibly the best way to keep their spirit burning bright.
Making a Donation in Memory of a Loved One
When someone dies, we often look back to the many ways they taught and helped us become who we are today. Our successes are usually the direct result of someone else’s love and attention, and it’s natural to want to keep their spirit alive for as long as possible. However, not everyone is the recipient of such gifts, and not everyone has a support network. That’s where PAAJAF comes in. Making a donation in the memory of a loved one continues the positive change they made while in the world and invests their generosity of spirit in someone who needs it.
Deep Impressions, Lasting Lessons
By making a donation in the memory of a loved one who left a deep impression on you, you can actively demonstrate the best lessons you learned. As the women and girls of PAAJAF surmount their obstacles and strive toward their own positions of positive influence, your gift will benefit any or all of PAAJAF’s various causes.
PAAJAF addresses a few of the problems facing the women and girls of rural Ghana, where poverty is a common adversary and girls often leave school too soon. We are actively developing community-based solutions to address the following:
- Health: Perhaps your uncle was a doctor. Perhaps your doctor was like an uncle to you. A donation in their memory would help PAAJAF develop our free health clinic, which is still under way. Leaving a gift in his or her name ensures that the project continues to progress, and we may realize our goal of offering free medical care to those in need.
- Education: Did you have a teacher who made a positive impact on you? Perhaps a professor who changed the course of your professional history? Maybe one of your parents spent his or her days acting as de facto mom or dad to classrooms of children, only to come home and take care of their own. In the coming year, PAAJAF plans to quadruple its enrollment of children and nearly double the enrollment of adults. At our current growth rate, a donation in their memory will change the course of many children’s lives.
- Youth Resilience: What would have the neighborhood felt like if it weren’t for the trusty corner store? The owner is gone now and his son will take over, but your gift in their name can support our collaboration with the Gbawe Entrepreneurs Network (GEN), with which we offer vocational training and encourage entrepreneurship. So now other blocks in other neighborhoods will have their own corner store, run by our up and coming businesswomen, and eventually, their sons and daughters.
- Child Welfare: Your grandmother, who take care of you every day until your first day of school. Your best friend’s mother who put plasters on your scraped knees and taught you how to cook. The older cousin who protected you from the bully down the street, taught you how to decide whether to fight or run. Making a donation in their memories to PAAJAF’s Child Sponsorship Program allows you to help a young girl both in and out of the classroom. Besides a scholarship, your beneficiary receives clean water, nutrition, and health care. Some children in the PAAJAF community come from abusive, risky situations.
Keeping their Memory Alive
Sometimes, the helplessness of a loss is overwhelming and you’re looking for a way to express your loss in a positive way. Sometimes when people pass on, their families will ask that donations be made in lieu of flowers. Imagine how moved your community will be to learn that you’ve made a donation in a loved one’s name. Whether you make a general donation or one directed to one of PAAJAF’s specific causes, no gift is too small. If someone’s left you their assets, perhaps they would have liked to have made a donation during their life, but were incapable. Why should their best intentions be disregarded just because they are gone?
A Variety of Commemorative Donations
When making a donation in the memory of a loved one, consider the variety of ways to commemorate their legacy of positive impact:
- Give a specific amount of money in their name.
- Donate a valuable gift, either practical (land, supplies, services) or available for resale (art, jewelry, collections), in their name.
- Build a trust so your dependents can continue an ongoing scholarship in their name.
- Allocate a percentage or the remainders of the departed’s estate.
An Ongoing Legacy
The legacies of our dearly departed can be an inspiration to the girls and women who rely on our organization. Many of them have lost loved ones as well, know too deeply the sadness and loneliness. By paying it forward and making a donation in the memory of a loved one, you are not only making an enormous contribution to a community in need – you are also expressing your own gratitude and pride in the person who’s passed on.
Let Us Help You Organize Your Donation
Do you have any questions about making a donation in the name of a loved one? Would you like to hear more about PAAJAF’s work and mission? Prefer to donate now rather than wait? Send us an email, a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We’re happy to help you!