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Our Impact


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Our Impact


 
 
 
 
 

Our Impact

 

 
 

At Create Change our priority is impact, and we believe the culture of most organizations needs to shift from reporting on actions to, instead, reporting on the impact they are making.  An organization that has built 100 schools but has failed to improve literacy because of ineffective teaching has not had a positive impact.  At Create Change we do not focus on celebrating the actions we take: the number of girls we send to school, number of children enrolled in our literacy clubs, or the number of books we hand out. Instead, we are focused on how these actions actually impact the problem we are trying to solve: empowering people to climb out of extreme poverty. 

 
 
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Our Impact on Youth in Canada


Empowering local youth to become effective changemakers for the causes they are passionate about.

Our Impact on Youth in Canada


Empowering local youth to become effective changemakers for the causes they are passionate about.

 
 
 

340 LOCAL YOUTH EMPOWERED, RAISING FUNDS THAT HAVE SENT OVER 220 GIRLS TO HIGH SCHOOL IN GHANA

Through our Marketing for Change program, we have empowered over 340 local Vancouver youth to become effective change makers through marketing, fundraising and leadership.  Our local students have applied the skills they learned and worked in teams to fundraise enough to send over 160 girls in Northern Ghana to high school.   

 
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60 YOUTH EMPOWERED AS LEADERS

Since 2014, Create Change has empowered 60 local youth to become effective leaders through our Marketing for Change program, where they learned to lead a team of their peers to implement marketing and fundraising initiatives for girls’ education in Ghana.  From learning to run a meeting, to holding team members accountable, to inspiring peers not to give up in the face of failure, these students have learned effective leadership in a real-world setting.

 
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14 YOUTH TRAINED TO RUN OUR OPERATIONS

Through various youth programs, we have trained 12 local youth to help lead our Canadian operation in the areas of communication, donor engagement, coaching, event planning and public speaking.  These young change-makers have been an effective force in the organization, leading us one step closer to operational sustainability.

 
 

CANADA YOUTH PROGRAMS

Learn about all of the programs we offer in Canada.  We accept applications year-round, so if you are a young person interested in becoming a leader, apply to a program today.

 
 
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Our Impact on Girls in Ghana


Empowering girls to become confident leaders, dedicated to fighting extreme poverty
and leading their communities to a properous future.

Our Impact on Girls in Ghana


Empowering girls to become confident leaders, dedicated to fighting extreme poverty
and leading their communities to a properous future.

 
 
 

998 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Over the past 9 years, Create Change has supported over 998 girls girls to attend high school in Northern Ghana, providing them with school fees, school supplies, food, accommodation, career guidance and emotional support.

 

178 WORKING PROFESSIONALS

While a high school education is important, it is not enough to empower young women to become financially independent, or to take a leading role in important areas of development.  We have thus made it our mandate to help girls become professionals, and so far have assisted 178 girls to achieve this goal in various fields.

 
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94 GIRLS WORKING IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

A major area where we lack female leaders is in the field of community development.  We focus on empowering girls who come from poverty to become leaders in an effort to solve the larger issue of poverty.  By empowering girls to pursue degrees related to community development, we have supported 94 girls to receive formal training and university degrees in community development and related fields.

 
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99 GIRLS WORKING AS TRAINED TEACHERS

The teaching system in Northern Ghana is corrupt and ineffective, especially in rural areas.  It is also a field that is dominated by men.  By training female teachers who have come from extreme poverty, we are creating an army of empowered young women with the resolve to ensure the students they work with actually learn.  To date, we have supported over 99 girls to become professional teachers,

 

62 WORKING AS TRAINED NURSES & MIDWIVES

There is an incredible shortage of healthcare workers in Northern Ghana, so Create Change is giving young women from impoverished backgrounds the chance to become professional nurses and midwives to bring healthcare to the population.  Currently, there is roughly only one nurse per 1,250 people in Ghana (compared to one nurse per 120 people in Canada).  Create Change has supported 62 girls to become health related professionals, providing people in the region with access to more healthcare workers dedicated to solving the health challenges that they face.

 

GIRLS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS

Learn about all of our programs, and how the work they do to empower girls.

 
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Our Impact on Rural Communities


Our educated girls are leading a number of innovative programs geared towards helping rural communities climb out of extreme poverty.

Our Impact on Rural Communities


Our educated girls are leading a number of innovative programs geared towards helping rural communities climb out of extreme poverty.

 
 
 
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62% INCREASE IN LITERACY FOR 502 RURAL PRIMARY STUDENTS 

In an effort to improve the quality of education students are receiving in rural areas, we have introduced afterschool literacy programs run by our high school graduates with proper literacy training. Combined with their dedication to help students improve, our literacy volunteers and interns are having a tremendous impact.  On average, less than 25% of students in rural areas can read for their grade level, and our literacy clubs have reached 502 students to increase literacy rates by an average of 62%.   

 
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336 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ENROLLED IN SCHOOL, 152 HAVE BEEN GIRLS

One of our key focuses in our community advocacy work is to increase the number of students enrolled in primary school, with a special emphasis on girls.  In our partner communities, we have succeeded in enrolling X new children, with X of those being girls.

 

80% LESS GIRLS DROP OUT/ 60% COMPLETING PRIMARY SCHOOL

In upper primary grades (4, 5 and 6) dropout rates begin to rise, especially for girls.  In our partner rural primary schools, there is an average of 80% fewer girls dropping out compared to other schools, and 60% more students are now able to move on to junior high school (JHS).    Over 42 girls are now in upper primary and JHS because of our girls’ led advocacy and literacy work at rural schools, and with our continued support we expect them to be the first female high school graduates in their entire communities.

 
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1,000 PARENTS WITH CHANGED ATTITUDES TOWARDS EDUCATION

It is not only the students who we work with in rural communities; it is also the parents.  Through building strong relationships, having regular meetings, putting on sensitization dramas, providing successful students with motivation packages, and awarding students who are improving their reading with literacy awards, we are slowly changing parents’ view of education in rural communities.  % of parents have experienced an attitude change towards education in the partner communities where we work. 

 

OUR RURAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Learn about all of our programs, and how the work they do to empower girls.