After finishing the construction of the first stage of the Elementary School of Luisa, in April 2019 (insert link), our local counterparty is devoted to start the school year, encourage the schooling of the kids from the community families, specially on tho se cases in which this would be their first attendance to school. The Ghana Education Service (GES) has broaden its schooling campaigns and is offering support for those low-income families. As the school year goes ahead, we will verify the growing number of enrolled pupils for three school years and we will proceed to an ampliation.

The second stage of the School construction, is programmed to take place after the Menstrual Hygiene project in which we are involved nowadays. It has been planned with a slightly inferior budget that the Stage I, a budget around 25.000€.

It will consist of three classrooms and one library. IN addition, we have planned the fencing of the school enclosure and the creation of a small space of farming and vegetable garden in the large over casted playground.

It is a project to be started once the construction of the school is finished. Family heads of the community have committed to give some part of their harvest to the school, so that being able to hire three people part-time, buying the appropriate kitchen items and enabling a suitable place for the activity. This will make possible that 150 children could eat while they attend to school.  The project is complemented with a space for an orchard of less common healthy products on a large scale to avoid its purchase in the markets. The space for this purpose can be irrigated thanks to the nearby well without much difficulty and the students will also learn in a practical way about the plants and their treatment, leading to a space for themselves that they will be taught to treat with responsibility and respect.

This project would be a claim for school attendance, as well as for teachers, who would save one meal a day assuming a benefit to settle in the community and also dedicate more time to teaching.

One of the most common reasons for school absenteeism, particularly in the Northern communities of the country, is that children have to help their families with household chores as well as agricultural and other day-to-day work. Therefore, the family itself consider their children going to school a waste of time because they weren’t supporting in other tasks.

Once the building of the school has been finished, in order to encourage these families and establish awareness of the importance of children attending school could be done thanks to a school allowance to students with more economic difficulties that could help families to be more relaxed and see with better eyes the time their children would spend in education.

This analysis will be elaborated by  professors and associations in the field, thus ensuring a good distribution of the amount of money allocated for that purpose.

One of the biggest impressions that we took from our first trip to Kaniarga communities was the underutilization of its library. It is a building built by the Government three years ago and it has not been opened yet. In it accumulate cobwebs and furniture left over in an old state. The keys are kept by the head of the town for fear of theft of the few books and old and broken screens inside.

The aim of boosting the education the government had with the construction of the facility has not been reproved by the neighbors who have not fostered a good use of it.

The intention of TEAM4Ghana is to prepare an annual program composed of talks of several topics, workshops (reading, geography, respect for the environment, promotion of writing, use of computers …), visualization of films and documentaries and classes of reinforcement.

In parallel, we propose the possibility of equipping the library properly. It would be useless to manage a space without resources and with this project we are looking precisely to complement the educational needs of the activities.

The necessary material will be books (mainly in English both basic and low-intermediate levels), laptops, a projector and school material. To get this, we will launch several campaigns to collect books that many families, libraries or educational institutions no longer use and we will look for agreements of donation of surplus office material and computer equipment companies do not use any longer.

Visiting the clinics in northern Ghana is quite saddening. Not only because of the long distances between them but also he scarce medical staff, the materials and means are inadequate and insufficient, from basic medicines, through facilities, stretchers, or specialized devices, especially in the labor room.

The facilities and utensils used in childbirth, draws attention, so that whenever it is in our hands we would like to reduce the risk of diseases and complications by adapting the medical centers.

This project aims to collect disused material from hospitals in our national territory and other material that will be sent by a container by sea.

Some of the larger communities have a health center (please see Kaniaga’s in the image) with one or two nurses on duty. Even the clinics of the two capitals of the districts of Builsa Sur and Norte (Fumbisi and Sandema), where the patients who can not be treated are referred, do not have doctors either. It is in Bolgatanga (90km and 1h30min by roads) where they have a half dozen of them. Both the lack of resources and the distance from the nearest hospital and the associated extra cost (Health is not public) means that many of the people are left unattended to their fate and the risk of complications due to any disease is quite high.

The Kanjarga region has 16 locations with a very young population. Football is the national sport and they are enthusiastically following European leagues dreaming of being like them, but the reality is quite different. A single community has more or less a regulated field where they play with balls made of textile materials. During the Christmas holidays-season, some exhibition games are organized where representatives of all the different communities come together and share about sport.

The intention of this project is to promote healthy and continuous practices, healthy and well-organized competition between these populations in the form of organized football season in their capital. On the one hand we will focus on obtaining the material needed to play (shirts, balls, boots …) and on the other the distribution, organization and arbitration with the help of the local organization “Hope for Builsa”

Ghana, especially its capital, does not have a well-developed garbage collection system, nor has the importance of it been immersed in its culture, as well as its treatment. Kanjaga, as an example where we want to develop this first attempt, has a cleaning brigade that goes weekly to the town for a couple of hours to collect the largest non-organic waste and its subsequent burning.

In the district, the greatest number of waste is plastic (mainly due to the distribution of drinking water bags and black bags where the purchases of the products needed on a daily basis are put). Having no litter bins, no developed system, the landscape, for a European citizen, is devastating and although it is inevitable to bend down to pick up any waste, there is not specific placer to store it as a source of infection and diseases that negatively affects the population.

Therefore the proposal is twofold: The first consists on the distribution of waste collection bins that each household will have at home. The second is the weekly rental of a means of transport that will freight that garbage to the capital of the district, Fumbisi, where there is a processing plant. Through complementary measures in the library and school through talks and presentations, the aim is to create culture to promote a clean and garbage-free locality.

This project will be developed secondarily once the budget allocated to the other initiatives has been achieved.