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 tells our story.

Jun 21, 2008

Daily Life at WHH Children's Home

Jun 19, 2008

WHH Scholars Participate in Child Trafficking & Labor Day

On June 16, Western Heritage Home was among one of the selected institutions invited to participate in Child Trafficking and Labor Day. The event was sponsored by the Ghana Rubber Company Ltd. It was held at Manye Academy and was attended by older students, the Regional Director of Child Welfare, and other Social Welfare leaders. Some of the WHH Scholars put on a drama, written by Manageress Esi Biney.

The purpose of the meeting was to inform the children about the dangers of child trafficking and that forcing children to work on fishing boats, on farms, etc. not only prevents them from attending school, but also is illegal in Ghana. The children learned that helping their WHH family in daily chores, and helping their Home Mother is a good thing, but that work which is too hard physically, or keeps them from attending school, or is forced upon them inappropriately, is not good.

Jun 13, 2008

WHH Scholars Undeterred by Torrential Rain

June is the wet season in Axim, and since everyone walks to school, attendance is a challenge. In spite of the sometimes torrential rain, WHH scholars are attending the nearest school, Manye Academy, daily. It's a short walk through the jungle, with a small stream to cross. The twenty children are residents in WHH's Children's Home. Ghana Together helps fund their support. They are catching up academically, are receiving after-school tutoring, and are enjoying the many books and learning materials provided by Ghana Together's friends and supporters.

Jun 6, 2008

Ghana Together Formed!!

Ghana Together is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed in 2008 by a group of North Americans from the Pacific Northwest who enjoy working in close partnership with Ghanaians to improve social, economic and health conditions.

We've been working together especially in the Axim area, partnering with Western Heritage Home, a Ghanaian NGO registered under the Ghanaian government and based in Axim, Ghana, to build a children’s home/community learning facility with computer training lab, supporting a program for orphaned children, and providing science supplies to a local public school.

We are active in simple but effective health and sanitation work, installing hand-washing stations in schools, and also providing HIV/AIDS awareness training.

We've used Appreciative Inquiry methods to train more than 1000 Ghanaians in individual and group goal setting and leadership skills. We have supplied Konongo-Odumasi Secondary School Library with about $20,000 worth of textbooks and other reading materials. And, we’ve helped DaasGift, a Ghanaian microfinance organization, train impoverished women in business skills.

During our two-year involvement in Axim, we’ve developed affection for the town, our many friends there, and for Ghanaian culture. The community has opened their hearts, their homes, and their warm and abiding hospitality to us. On our part, we have assisted them to meet their own goals and are continuing to do that. We’ve coordinated the financial and in-kind support of about 250 North American friends and families who have joined us in this modest, grassroots, people-to-people effort, based on mutual caring across international boundaries, personal knowledge, friendships, and ample cross-communication.

We have achieved a lot, but we and our Ghanaian partners have many ideas for how the educational, social and health conditions in Axim can be improved. We have visited Axim frequently, know the town and surrounding Nzema District well, and our ideas are founded on real needs of real people. As a new organization, we are launching new projects, and looking for potential ones.

Our website gives the complete story! We worked formerly under the Seattle-based non-profit Global Citizen Journey, which sponsored our 2006 Ghana Project. You can read the historical blog about those earlier activities, which we are continuing under Ghana Together.

The Ghana Together Board of Directors invites you to follow the postings to this blog, become familiar with our projects, and consider joining in as you are able. We are a very ordinary group of North Americans with no particular ideological or theological persuasion, other than that we enjoy working together with our Ghanaian friends to try to make life better in their communities. We invite you to share your ideas by emailing us at