PROJECT ONE: MALTITI GIRL CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Lack of access to formal education and training has been identified as a key barrier to women employment and advancement in society. In Africa, female illiteracy rates were over 60 per cent in 1996, compared to 41 per cent for men. This is a major contributory factor to abject poverty in most of the rural settlement in Africa. In fact, most of the youth migrate from the rural areas to the urban areas to search for non-existent jobs.
In Ghana, for instance, most teenage girls in search of better living conditions migrate from the northern regions to Accra (the nation’s capital) and Kumasi (the country’s second largest city). They work as porters, popularly known as ‘kayaye’. Most of these girls’, however, later find themselves engaged in prostitution often becoming victims of rape, and some of them unfortunately become infected with HIV/AIDS. This also contributes to the spreading of HIV/AIDS in Ghana, and Africa as a whole.
PROJECT TWO: TEACHING PROJECT.
Under this project volunteers are posted to deprived schools to teach in their specialized fields, this is after management have interviewed.
Prospective volunteers to identify the most suitable for the Volunteers are usually picked up with the organization Mini van to and from their project sites which are normally in the hinterlands. The organization keeps records of both volunteers and students performance to ensure that its objective of reaching out to the deprived in the hinterland and making education an accessible and desirable activity is achieved. This is intended to complement the efforts of the government at creating an equal opportunity in education in Ghana.
PROJECT THREE: SCHOOL BUILDING AND RENOVATION
This project focuses on improving the educational infrastructure of deprived children living in deprived communities. It is the start of a much wider program to spread education and assist the many deprived villages within the northern region.
Education in the villages is at a very low level due to the bad conditions and small sizes of the school buildings which are mostly built with mud and water. Further to this the lack of teachers and the deficiency of basic school materials severely restrict academic activities. In order to asses the reason for the low level of education in the villages the organization arranged a meeting with the chiefs and of the village.
In this meeting it was revealed that lack of motivation on the part of parents to send their children to school is a major problem – the parents would rather have their children working in the fields than attending lessons, there was an added revelation that the lack of electricity contributes immensely to the low turn up. Given this revelations we moved in with the help of our volunteers to renovate broken down school structures, provide one where there are none and to facilitate the provision of electricity. In addition, parents where further discouraged from sending their children to school due to the poor facilities and the lack of teachers as well as the cost of further education.
Parents are now being educated by the organizations volunteers on the importance of education to society. As a result there is now an improvement in attendance at particular communities. A list of all the children who were not attending school was compiled to aid our evaluation and assessment of student attendance to facilitate the provision of facilities. The chiefs and elders have agreed to institute a local measure that ensures that every child of school going age attends school. This has resulted in an increase in the number of children turning up at school.
As a result of this massive increase in attendance figures, the organization, with the support of volunteers and philanthropist, is facilitating the improvement of the existing school building and the construction of new school building.
PROJECT FOUR: ZHESUNG RURAL WATER PROJECT
Essential to human existence is water. Physically, about 70 percent fluid content of the human body is water. Where water is available it is important that it is safe and accessible to everyone including the very poor and vulnerable in society. The essential nature of water to life has traditionally placed it among the family of public goods that have been provided for by government at cost, for free or subsidized.
Current market ideology views water as an economic commodity and therefore subject to the forces of demand and supply. This perspective coupled with the difficulty of raising the necessary investment capital to revamp the old water system has propelled the government towards privatization as a solution to the water crisis. This has been met with opposition from civil society.
The organizations greatest interest in the water issue stems from its commitment to working with others to ensure that all people, irrespective of their social or economic status, have access to such a vital resource. We believe that all people have a right to basic social services including water. The main aim of this project is to provide the deprive people with Good clean basic drinking Water. Volunteers will educate and help us provide 15 villages with clean drinking water. Volunteers will always educate the deprive people that they need to drink the water we provide to them but not the muddy water they drink.
PROJECT FIVE: ORPHANAGE WORK
Volunteers will work in orphanages to assist in taking care of the children. Volunteers will work in MAMPONG BABIES Orphanage in Mampong in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
The Ashanti Region is a land of ancient royalty and centuries-old traditions. The capital, Kumasi, was once the nucleus of the Ashanti Kingdom and was the geographic meeting point of two powerful trading systems, the Sudanic Empires across the Sahara to the north, and the Gold Mining Kwaman Forest Region, which traded to the south with Europeans on the Coast. Established by King Osei Tutu in 1695, Kumasi was connected by royal roads and paths to all the leading provinces beyond the "Kingdom Of Gold"
Named after the Garden City because of its tree-line streets and public flower gardens, Kumasi has a special attraction for tourists because of its martial history and culture of the gold trade. One can reach Kumasi from Accra and other cities by air, but it is preferable to come by car, bus or rail in order to enjoy the tropical forests and picturesque villages along the way.
MAMPONG BABIES ORPHANAGE, ASHANTI REGION
The Home has existed since 1967 as the fourth Orphanage in the country for the following categories of Children:
- Babies whose mothers have died
- Abandoned Babies
- Handicapped Babies
These Babies are either admitted directly from the Maternity Hospital or brought in by their families / relatives from their rural settlements or elsewhere, after birth. These babies are kept at the Home until they are four years, healthy, strong and thriving on local food, before they are released to their families / relatives or for adoption, as appropriate, through the Government approved procedure.