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--Although Ghana has made great strides, and provides tuition-free education through junior high, there are still many children not in school in Axim.
--For some, the government-funded school is beyond reasonable walking distance.
--Some parents can’t come up with the $10 US for each of their children's uniforms, plus additional cost of underwear, notebook, pen, sandals, etc.
--Some students drop out to help fish or farm, so younger siblings can go to school.
--Maybe Mom’s market stall is the sole family income, and she cannot afford to send all her children.
--Maybe the student is capable, but can't fund vocational school, or senior high, which are not tuition-free at this point.
Yes, in some cases, we assume all school costs, including room and board. BUT, in most cases, we share responsibility with families.
Our aim is to get as many children as possible through Grade 6, minimum. At that level, they know basic math and English, can participate in their democratic system at the local and national level, read instructions, understand banking, send messages by mobile phone, etc.
Ex-pats may want to help their "hometown" anonymously, take advantage of US charitable deductions, and be confident of trustworthy handling of their contributions.
And, if you are in Ghana, remember every cedi helps! You can deposit funds into the Western Heritage Home account at Ghana Commercial Bank. Contact James Kainyiah at 024-407-2638 for more info. We support businesses locally in Axim as much as possible.
To help: http://ghanatogether.org/HTML/Donations.html