Ghana - Additional Information

More details about the project

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About the charity

The community projects were established in 2006 when the team completed their first building project, a well, which allowed a village of more than 300 people to access safe drinking water.

The charity’s mission is to reduce the needless suffering and deaths of children living in poverty in remote rural African villages. It works with the local community through sustainable partnerships and focuses on:

  • Improving access to clean drinking water
  • Increased sanitation
  • Improving education
  • Improving health care
  • Girl and women’s empowerment groups

The charity is based within the heart of a rural tropical community and has made some incredible achievements obver the last 15 years:

  • Helped over 30,000 people living in poverty
  • 10 school blocks built in partnership with Ghana Education Service
  • 4 preschools and kindergartens built in villages in poverty
  • 4 wells and 1 borehole made to provide clean drinking water
  • 4 health clinics built in partnership with Ghana Health Service
  • 1 school library and information centre built
  • 24 rain water harvesting projects for hand washing in schools in rural communities
  • 46 toilet projects with hand washing programmes in schools
  • 711 scholarships for children to educate their way out of poverty
  • 8 solar homework projects running in remote rural villages in poverty
  • 4 bike projects running in remote rural villages in poverty
  • 3 girl empowerment projects running in remote rural villages in poverty

In your first few days in the village you will have an amazing introduction to the Chief, Elders and the community. The welcome ceremony involves a drinking ceremony which a customary shot of spirit to drink, one for you and one to the ground for the ancestors! The team in Ghana will talk you through some of the local customs during your first week and you can continue with local language and culture lessons throughout your placement.

The charity runs informal ‘Development Awareness’ sessions that you are able to get involved in, where the team look at development case studies from the project’s history to help deepen understanding around foreign aid and overseas development.