Here’s the breakdown of students
We are a US-registered 501c3, FED EIN 2182965
Ghana Together works with our Ghanaian friends of Western Heritage Home, a Ghanaian-registered and managed non-profit, to improve social, educational, and health conditions in Axim, Ghana. Together we accomplish projects, connect WHH to resourceful individuals and organizations, and create sustainable programs. We make a real difference to real people in a local, grassroots effort. Our website at http://ghanatogether.org tells our story.
These are most of the individual children we've have helped stay in school in 2016, in one way or another (a few of the little guys in blue uniforms couldn't be rounded up for the pic!). Fifteen of these students were in vocational school, learning needed trades. Dozens more were helped by library programs, school building renovations, dormitory hosting, new toilets, information technologies, and workshops.
|James Kainyiah (front, 2nd from left in the wild yellow shirt) and Director Safiatu Seidu (pink headscarf) along with teachers in the front row join with students to celebrate the dedication of their newly-renovated dormitory|
|They slept on mattresses on the floor for 2nd term, but a local carpenter made 20 bunkbeds. Madame Seidu is thoroughly enjoying greeting the delivery motor-tricycle!|
|The carpentry students assembled the bunk beds, led by the guy in the yellow hat. Thank you, guys!|
BUT, a new problem emerged---the guys were going to have to share the little two-compartment toilet currently used only by female teachers!! WHAT???
But, of course (!) Axim folks now know all about urine diversification/dehyration toilets, thanks to Engineers Without Borders (Bellingham-based...what a group!!). WHEW!!
So, before you know it, CDVTI had a two-compartment, one-urinal, guys-only UDDT! (Thanks, Mr. Appiah, contractor extraordinaire. You're the BEST!)
|Led by Kingsley Lamin (in the white hat), one of our WHH Scholars, the welding/fabrication students built a guard to secure the hand-washing container|
|Colleen Mitchell, Evan Dahl with sunglasses, and one of UDDT contractor's staff in Axim, Ghana. They are examining the growing area behind one of the UDDTs, which has been fertilized for nearly three years by urine.|
Colleen Mitchell in 2013 just prior to building a new toilet. This was the sole toilet at the Catholic-Government JHS School, for about 200 students
Toilet at the Methodist-Gov't School for primary students in early 2015
|New UDDT toilet funded by Ghana Together at the Community Development Vocational Technical Institute and newly opened about two weeks ago. This is for 40-50 male students only, and therefore is smaller. The guys had no toilet at all prior to this one.|
|New JHS graduates Emmanuella and George, Sept 29, 2016|
Queen Mother Nana Adjow Sika II has taken special interest in all the Western Heritage Home scholars, and especially in Emmanuella.
She has supported Emmanuella emotionally, and has encouraged her at every step.
Nana is a founding member of the Western Heritage Board and continues to serve.
|Queen Mother Nana Adjow Sika II congratulating her protégé (Sept 2016)|
Emmanuella and George, both Western Heritage Home Scholars, and also age-mates and school-mates. George is showing her how to use the magnifier we brought from the US so she could work with an XO children's computer.
|George in 2007|
|Saturday chores at the Western Heritage Home|
|George the scholar and also a guy who loves sports!|
|Emmanuella and Maryanne Ward at the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind|
|Emmanuella singing at the dedication of the Chief's donation of a television to the Community Center. Western Heritage Home's James Kainyiah is offering a little support! |
His motto is "Making leaders of the least!" and so he has.
|Emmnanuella managed in August to take her final exams by reading some of the test at very close range, especially the math, and also by having some of the test read to her and she could answer orally. She can read Braille.|
|Axim Girls Sr High||Ernestina||tuition, textbooks, math tutorial (Term One)||769||$197|
|Manye Academy||Ben, Gladys, Johnson||Tuition, boarding, fees, notebooks, textbooks, uniforms, sandals…||2942||$754|
|Various vendors||6 WHH Scholars||Personal supplies: health/hygiene, snacks, pocket money, etc.||1560||$400|
|CDVTI||Kingsley||Tuition, room, board||380||$97|
|CDVTI||10 women, 2 men||Tuition, room, board||2860||$733|
|Nsein SHS||Peter||Extra Classes, student council, sci club, debate/drama, practicals||970||$249|
|Midwifery/Nursing School||Dorothy||Nursing-midwifery tuition, room, board, texts, etc. (one semester)||2175||$558|
|Christ the King Academy||50 primary students||tuition, 1st term||5850||$1,500|
|WHH Staff||Arloo, and 2 watchmen||salaries July-Sept (three month)||1500||$385|
|Azim Girls SHS||Computer lab support||Cellphone subscription for internet-in-a-box support||400||$103|