Meaning “Warrior King,” Ghana is renowned for its friendly people, tremendous natural beauty, and fascinating culture. It is also referred as West Africa’s golden child as it attracts many tourists with its stunning beaches, vibrant cities, and sundry wildlife.

Spread over a land mass of 238, 535 km, Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west and Burkina Faso in the North. As one of Africa’s great success stories, the country is reaping the benefits of a stable democracy in the form of fast-paced development and reliable infrastructure. And it shows -Ghana is suffused with the most incredible energy that you have to see to believe.

A closer look

Ghana’s ability and keenness to foster its economic and social potential have resulted in remarkable outcomes, especially over the last decade. As amenities at the community level have substantially increased and incomes have mounted, large numbers of people have gained access to the basic facilities.

On the flip side, progress is not standardized or consistent. In Northern regions, the majority of the population is living without basic necessities and the poorest are still not benefitting from the nation’s steady growth.

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  • The power of youth

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    Every year we come together at Power Shift – the largest youth-led environmental summit in Ghana, to train a generation of young people to campaign for environmental improvements. Its young founders are Climate Reality Leaders personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore to educate the public about the causes and dangers of climate …
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  • Ending violent discipline in schools

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    A new report from UNICEF draws on data from 190 countries in order to shed light on a largely undocumented issue. According to the report’s findings, about two thirds of children worldwide (almost 1 billion) between ages 2 and 14 are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a regular basis. And yet only …
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  • Children for Sale

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    Along Lake Volta, Ghanaian children are sold into a life of forced labor, malnutrition and abuse. Traffickers prey on poor families, who are persuaded to send their children to work in deplorable conditions on rickety fishing boats. Parents are told that their children will attend school in exchange for a few hours of work, but …

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WISE AND SOLACE FOUNDATION. Paired up with a School in Russia, Belgorod.

“As tools become rusty, so does the mind; a garden uncared for soon becomes smothered in weeds; a talent neglected withers and dies.”

These inspirational words of Ethel R. Page form the base of Wise and Solace Foundation, an organization that has been fully dedicated to helping Ghana’s deprived children since 2012.

The NGO is based in the Ketu North District, an assembly of the Volta Region, and focuses on providing underprivileged children all across Kenya with basic education.

The foundation follows an approach crafted around nurturing Ghana’s youth by harnessing their skills and promoting quality education in the rural areas so that they may sustain a better living.

Executive Director Mr. Wisdom Sena Agoha and chairperson Mrs. Abla Djirackor Fortune help Ghana face the ever growing challenge of reducing the rural-urban migration, by enhancing the standards of living in parts of the country facing development issues. Wise and Solace Foundation does this by providing education, skill training, health services, sports, social mobilization and advocates for human rights. As they continue to build a foundation of self-sufficiency in the country’s youngest generations, they hope to lead the way so these children can develop a healthy community of their own for the future.

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Fighting modern day slavery

The Need

Child labor remains a serious problem throughout Ghana, as the country’s mining and fishing industries have become hotbeds of child slavery. An estimated 14% of Ghana’s children are engaged in hazardous child labor. Children forced to work in these industries not only miss receiving an education, but often times they work in poor living conditions and experience varying levels of abuse.

Due to poverty, some Ghanaian families who are unable to care for their children sell them to traffickers or send them away to work in the mining and fishing industries. They are led to believe that their child will receive an education and job training while there.

Ubuntu Mail aims to increase awareness about child rights in areas where children are forced to work in mines. Parents in these communities often lack knowledge about their role in protecting the welfare of their children and they are also unaware of the resources available to them for helping children who have suffered abuse.

The Project

This program is designed to empower youth by making them feel like they are part of a team through sports, athletic teams, community involvement and physical fitness. Ubuntu Mail also provides illustrated booklets centered around the themes of parenting, child labor and sexual abuse.
The information in these booklets is derived from true stories of individuals who have been impacted by abuse, and they are used in learning groups led trained professionals on a weekly and bi-weekly basis. Participants in these sessions also discuss community-wide strategies for eliminating poverty and slavery, helping to bring Ghana’s problems to light and solving them proactively.

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Girl education program

The Need

According to the most recent data, literacy rates among Ghanian girls continue to lag behind literacy rates for the country’s boys. An estimated 83% of young women aged 15-24 are literate, 5% lower than that of young men in the same age group.
However these national rates don’t paint a complete picture, as literacy rates fluctuate according to an individual’s region and their family’s socio-economic status. For example, only 31% of women living in the country’s poorest homes are literate, while 85% of the nation’s most wealthy women are literate.

These disparities are rooted in cultural beliefs that place the importance on male education over female education. In Ghana, many still uphold the traditional belief that a woman’s place is in the home.

The Project

But some are wise enough to understand the African Proverb, “When you educate a boy, you educate one person. When you educate a girl, you educate an entire community.” It is with this in mind that Ubuntu Mail is focusing its efforts in Ghana on educating young, underprivileged and disadvantaged girls living in urban villages.This project is specifically designed to provide underserved girls with an opportunity to further their education. Ubuntu Mail’s partners also help participants develop sewing and baking skills while providing them with professional training to better assist them in finding a career to support their future.

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Malaria free project

The Need

As the largest killer of children across the African continent, malaria presents a serious threat to the prosperity of many countries. In Ghana, malaria accounts for 1/4 of deaths in children under 5-years-old.Even if a child survives after contracting the disease, malaria can lead to lifelong health problems which become a financial hardship on families due lost work and high medical costs.

Families affected by malaria spend approximately one quarter of their income on malaria treatment and prevention. Also, on average, farming families affected by malaria can only harvest 40% of the crops harvested by healthy families. For the country as a whole, the economic burden of malaria accounts for an estimated loss of 2% of the nation’s gross domestic product.

The Project

So how can we work towards a logical solution? As simple as it sounds, mosquito nets have been proven as the most effective defense against malaria. With this in mind, Ubuntu Mail distributes free mosquito nets throughout Ghana with the help of local volunteers.In an effort to further combat the disease, Ubuntu Mail also provides long-term insecticide treated nets in homes that need it most. These treated nets have been found to reduce the risk of child death by 20%.

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