Western Heritage Home/Global Citizen Journey Ghana Alumni Wish List
We, Ghanaians and North Americans together, are interested in new ideas and potential projects. If you wish to discuss your ideas or need more information, please contact Maryanne Ward, 360-848-6568 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any GCJ Ghana Alum.
GCJ Ghana alums enjoy giving presentations about our work in Axim. We have skilled speakers, slide presentations, computer projection equipment, etc. Contact us to arrange to meet with you or your group.
The information below outlines what we are working on, Ghanaians and North Americans together. It may seem like a dull listing, but behind the words are passion and excitement. The WHH Board is energized, and exercising their strong leadership in the community of Axim. Together, with your help, we CAN make a difference by focusing on grassroots efforts in full, transparent partnership with our Ghanaian partners.
Children’s Program (top priority)
$150/yr provides supplemental support to enable an orphaned child who lives in family home within the extended family system to attend school. Note: Schools costs include registration and exam fees, uniforms, sandals, underclothing as needed, text and exam books, book bag, mid-day meal. Tuition may be required. Although the Ghanaian government pays tuition in the “government” schools, there are not enough slots for all children, and also, since the children walk to school, there may not be a government school near enough to their home.
$600/yr (or $50/month) fully supports a homeless orphaned child in the orphanage. Support includes school, PLUS food, clothing, adult care, medical needs, and other essentials.
Orphanage/Community Learning Center Capital Needs
$5000 for a manually pumped bore hole (well) for supplemental supply of potable water for Orphanage during electrical outages which prevent the piped water system pumps from running
$10,000 for a large poly tank and stand to capture and store non-potable water during the rainy season for cleaning, bathing, watering garden, etc. Functions as emergency backup water supply during the dry season.
$12,000 for a bus to transport children and to rent out to earn revenue for Children’s Program
$15,000 to complete the Community Learning Center. Supply electrical power, bathrooms, water hookup. Install electrical conduit for computer lab. Finish terrazzo finish on the floors, paint. Outfit rooms with doors. Provide chairs and tables for large meeting room. Provide computer desks and chairs for computer learning lab. Install light fixtures, handrails. A white board or two would be nice.
30-40 XP-level computers and necessary peripherals for Computer Learning Lab
Expertise/components for solar (photovoltaic) electricity generation or diesel generator
$1500 to complete our project to provide hand-washing stations, known as “veronica buckets” to every school
Women’s microfinancing funding
Funding to expand the existing public piped water system to the 60% in Axim not served, who now depend on inadequate and sometimes unsanitary shallow hand-dug wells
Funding for volunteer experts to travel to Axim as requested by WHH
Funding for basic costs for Ghanaian experts to teach AIDs awareness and other classes needed by the community. Note: Income over and above expenses will help fund the Children’s Program.
Grant-writing expertise, especially African children’s school support programs
Practical and successful expertise/ideas for self-sustaining activities for orphanages, especially ideas for entrepreneurial, for-profit economic activities in Axim/Nzema East District.