“With the help of ATE I can be a role model, because we are the first girls to go to Senior High School from my village.” Lucy, Biro
Hear from the inspiring Lucy and others from Lawra as they talk about how Action Through Enterprise has brought opportunity, ambition and hope to Upper West Ghana for more than ten years.
Change through education
We work with 9 schools, providing meals, educational resources and sanitary products that enable pupils to learn on full stomachs and with dignity. So far, we’ve helped more than 3000 young people access education. Olivia (above) goes to Bagri Junior High and appreciates the monthly sanitary pads provision:
“It helps us come to school. We girls are much happier.”
Change through enterprise
We have backed 135 small businesses with grants, training and mentoring, enabling them to become sustainable and profitable. Forty-eight girls (including 7 with disabilities) have learnt a trade through our apprenticeship scheme. Barikisu (above) runs one of 24 ATE-backed dry season farms:
“ATE gave me all I needed to succeed.”
Change through inclusion
We bringing disabled children into the light, challenging stigma and enabling them to learn and laugh. Our SNAP disability project supports 600 children and carers across 6 locations, providing education, equipment, medication, advocacy and lots of joy. Tierto (above, with Julita and Charles) says:
“The main reason I love SNAP meetings is I know I am not alone. I have learnt new things, I worry much less, life has improved.”
We’ve developed a unique approach to tackling poverty, integrating our key areas of work into a dynamic model based around community hubs. It puts local people and local leadership at the heart of everything – and is driving our expansion to new rural locations.
Where does your donation go?
We are financially transparent and carefully monitor and evaluate our work to ensure the money you donate is used in the best way possible.
83p goes directly towards project costs
Creating opportunities through education, inclusion and enterprise – such as our Dry Season Farmers programme which supports sustainable agriculture all year round.
10p is spent on fundraising
Giving us the resources to pay for projects, plan for the future and provide job security for our 23 school cooks and other staff.
7p is spent on administration costs
Ensuring we can deliver our annual report, be a responsible employer and fulfil our legal responsibilities in the UK and Ghana.
What we’ve been up to
Kalsagri Hub Success
We’ve opened a new hub and already the impact is being felt. With lunch now provided in two Kalsagri junior high schools, attendance has more than tripled – from 37 pupils to 128.
Incredibly, we have opened this hub less than four months after our first meeting with local stakeholders. Hub Manager Charity Kyekpo says: “They were so welcoming and that gave me some confidence that everything will go on smoothly.”
The EducATE program will now roll out with educational materials and also sanitary products to help girls stay in school. Later this year, they’ll be projects with dry season farmers, small businesses, apprentices and disabled children.
Read the full story of the launch, as told by Country Director Gabriel Maanibe, here.
Nandom, here we come!
Our expansion to a new district has begun, as Country Director Gabriel Maanibe spends a productive week in Nandom. Meeting with community leaders, assemblymen and traditional elders, he talked to them about our work and discussed possible strategies for their district.
Gabriel visited six of the 84 communities in Nandom. “Poverty is real and visible. You can see hungry children. There is a lack of opportunities and no certainty about where help will come from. Everywhere I visited, I could see the excitement on their faces after I spoke about Action Through Enterprise.”
Our move to Nandom will be life-changing for people there – read more about our plans here.