I have traveled to the Asiafo Amanfro community 4 times in the past several years, and I have been continually amazed by the passion, dedication, and commitment of our teachers, staff, students, and their families. Prior to last year’s fundraiser for a school bus, many students walked several miles to and from school, carrying their little siblings on their shoulders so they could receive the education they deserve.
The Akaa Project’s ability to work so deeply in rural communities is because of our people – our teachers, our staff, and our children. While they are in the classroom everyday, they are also leading village development, advising a community on the value of education, and inspiring children to dream big.
These Local People, Greater Potential Campaign is about sustaining and investing in our people in Ghana so that we will have stronger programs and create greater opportunities for children and families in the Akaa community. As we look at how the Akaa Project will expand in the next two years, our teachers will also have expanded roles. They will take on greater outreach activities in other schools and villages, increasing the number of children and families we work with.
We believe in the power of local voices and local people to be changemakers in their own communities. Our people have better insights in the rural context because they live it, they grew up in it, and now, they are part of changing it. They can navigate the bush paths, point out the movers and shakers in a village, and know the best times to hold community-wide meetings. It’s not easy to learn those things! What can be learned is how to type an email, what monitoring and evaluation is, and best practices for child-centered learning. Our staff have not had the opportunity for this type of growth, until now.
We are raising $20,000, to be used over 2 years, to strengthen the skills of our dedicated people and build capacity in the communities we work in. In these two years, our people will learn important proficiencies and skills such as first aid, financial management, and accounting, and computers, as well as problem solving and effective communication.
Funds will be used for individual and group training, professional mentorship, and other support costs. These activities have a direct impact on what our program outcomes will be – how many children have access to quality education, how many adults become literate, how many families will make informed healthcare decisions, how many people will maximize their land production to better provide for their families.
Our people have the desire to learn and the commitment to better the lives of thousands in their community. Whatever we invest in our people, they will give back to those around them, and so much more. We invite you to join us in our quest to help inspire those who will inspire.
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