WE BUILD SCHOOLS
We want Africa to be lead by educated leaders. Education transforms lives. For most of Africa’s children, education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty. No other investment has such a lasting effect as the education of children. We reach into the communities, we work together with the community to build the best possible building we can that will last a long time.
WE BUILD HEALTH CLINICS
The information centre we built in January 2007, was converted into a community Health Clinic with nurse accommodation and became our first clinic build. Since then we have completed many clinics by successfully working in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, they provided the nurses and drugs whilst we build the building in collaboration with the nurses that will be using it and the communities it will serve.
WE BUILD SCHOOL TOILET BLOCKS
4,000 children die each day in Africa because of a lack of clean water and access to basic sanitation. So we build toilets to reduce those deaths and educate children, teachers and the community about issues of hygiene and sanitation. This is part of our Clean Hands Saves Lives project that also includes rain water harvesting.
WATER & SANITATION PROJECTS
We encourage school children to wash their hands with soap after going to the toilet and before they eat. This is proven to be the most effective way to stop children needlessly suffering and to save lives. We work with the Ghana Education Service to deliver theses programs that reach not only the school children but dept into the communities we work in.
WE BUILT AN INFORMATION CENTRE
In January 2007 the footings of a 300 seater information centre were laid in the remote village of Gboloo Kofi in Ghana, Africa. Building was completed by March 2008. The centre is the source of information to all the surrounding villages bringing messages of health, hygiene, sanitation and family planning.
WE DIG WELLS & BOREHOLES
The information centre we built in January 2007 in the village of Gboloo Kofi now also houses a community Health Clinic and a school library. We worked with the Ghana Health Service and they provided the nurses and drugs and we converted the building . We also sourced and shipped books to the village for the school library and stocked the shelves high.
We are sometimes asked to build a new school by a community in poverty because the nearest Primary or Junior High School is too far away for their children to walk back and forth plus their chores and their homework. In some cases it is not practical due to the catchment area or estimated school population to build a new school. In these cases we provide and maintain a push bike for children living far from a school. We find this a cost effective way to keep pupils in schools in the more remote villages.
WE USE WEB BASED TECHNOLOGIES
Using the best of “low or no cost” web based technologies we bring donors and recipients closer together to generate better mutual understanding, transparency and trust. We have local people post directly to the front page of our website. We remove the GPS locations and display a Google map showing visitors which villages we are working.
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION
We have build 3 pre-schools for the under 4’s. Village by Village runs these schools that prepare the children to move into the kindergarten class and begin the start of their education. We run a feeding project to support and encourage attendance. The children learn basic numbers and songs. It is a very popular volunteering opportunity.
WE BRING VOLUNTEERS TO GHANA
We take (on average) 50 volunteers a year out to Africa. Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Brick Layers, Mechanics, students, all pay their own costs to come and raise money for the projects they work on. With out volunteers we would not exist Why not come and join us this summer and really make a difference gapmonth.org