OUR WORK IN GHANA
In Ghana, we are working on some incredibly innovative programs designed to empower people to climb out of poverty. All our programs are led by girls who we have educated, demonstrating the power that girls have, and the potential change they can create in society when given the opportunity. After 10 years spent running our programs in Ghana, we now have an army of educated women who have experienced poverty themselves, and are dedicated to solving it. From cutting edge girls’ empowerment programs to progressive rural education programs to creative social enterprises, our work is provides educated girls living in poverty with the opportunity to directly lead innovative development programs.
GHANA'S NORTHERN REGION
Located in West Africa, Ghana is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most stable countries, and has reaped the benefits of a stable democracy in the form of a growing economy. While Ghana’s poverty has dramatically declined over the past few decades, in Ghana’s north over 50% of Ghanaians still live on less than $2 a day.
Working in Northern Ghana thus provides the perfect conditions to establish a model of charity that is scalable for use in other impoverished areas of the world – a population that struggles with extreme poverty, yet lives in a stable political and economic situation.
With a peaceful history relative to the rest of West Africa, a relatively easy culture to work with, limited bureaucracy, a basic functioning infrastructure, and a growing economy, Northern Ghana provides an ideal environment for rapid development and the testing of programs for our new model.
Our head office in Ghana is located in Tamale, the North’s largest city and home to over 350,000 people. Made up principally of the Dagomba tribe, the population is comprised of people who are Christian, Muslim and Traditionalist, living together peacefully with a respect for each others’ faiths.
Tamale is reputed to be one of the fastest growing cities in West Africa. Although it is incredibly limited in natural resources, it serves as a convergence zone and is the capital of Ghana’s three northern regions: the Northern, Upper East and Upper West.
Seasonal subsistence farming is the main occupation, and, with only one rainy season per year and one chance to harvest, food security remains a constant issue for the 50% of people in Ghana’s Northern Region that live on less than $2 per day.
The people in Northern Ghana are very welcoming and friendly, receiving visitors with open arms. Despite the incredible hardship that the people in Northern Ghana face, they are generally a happy people who have a good sense of humour and enjoy socializing, celebrating, and meeting new people.