Creating opportunities Encouraging ambition Bringing hope

Join us in raising £100,000 to expand our work in Upper West Ghana!

Ambition and Hope in Upper West Ghana

We have to raise £100,000 to fulfil demand in Lawra and our new district of Nandom – people are hungry for change and we can’t let them down. See what our work means to them in our new campaign film – and join us in our ambitious, hopeful mission to bring positive change.

Thank you.

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.”

How we work

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

New base almost complete!

It’s happening! Construction of the new Inclusion Centre in Nandom is almost complete, with a new roof on and interior work underway. The finished building will be the heart of our work in Nandom – where we will run workshops for disabled children and their carers, training for small business owners and – eventually – an IT suite. We are so excited to see the new centre full of children laughing and playing with their friends.

We start work this spring with the recruitment of a Hub Manager and two disability programme coordinators who will spend a month shadowing our team in Lawra and then return to Nandom to kickstart the projects in their own community. Exciting times!

 

 

 

 

 

Businesses set for success

Our Inclusion Centre in Lawra was a hive of activity last month as 29 entrepreneurs joined us over two days of business skills training. Our brilliant team of trainers use interactive, engaging, peer-led facilitation techniques that are vibrant, fun and promote meaningful learning – all delivered in the local language. Margaret, a business owner who has recently graduated from the programme, told us: “It’s not just the money, it’s what you have taught me.”

One of the sessions was a team favourite – “The Business Game” – a day-long role-playing activity, devised by our co-founder Charles Gardner, which is both highly effective in developing skills and leaves participants in hysterics! We can’t wait for the next session.

 

 

 

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Bottles needed! We need lots of bottles ahead of Ramsbury Street Fayre on Saturday. Thank you so much in advance to anyone who can help 🍾 ... See MoreSee Less

Bottles needed! We need lots of bottles ahead of Ramsbury Street Fayre on Saturday. Thank you so much in advance to anyone who can help 🍾

Does our support make a difference?

YES! 2023's exam results have now been released and show that the average pass rate at our partner schools is a huge 18% higher than the municipal average! We knew already that we make a big, wonderful, life changing difference to our kids, but we love this really clear data (with a big control group) to show without doubt that we really are.

We provide all of our 849 school children with a daily meal and learning materials, plus sanitary pads every month for all the girls. It's straightforward, it means basic needs, and it works. Our children have a higher chance of passing their exams, therefore a better chance to access better senior high schools, and a better chance of earning an income as an adult.

This year we'll spend £59,488 on food ingredients alone. It's a lot of money, a lot of work, and completely worth it. Thank you to every one who supports this life changing program.

Poverty is complicated, feeding hungry children is not 💕
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Does our support make a difference?

YES! 2023s exam results have now been released and show that the average pass rate at our partner schools is a huge 18% higher than the municipal average! We knew already that we make a big, wonderful, life changing difference to our kids, but we love this really clear data (with a big control group) to show without doubt that we really are.

We provide all of our 849 school children with a daily meal and learning materials, plus sanitary pads every month for all the girls. Its straightforward, it means basic needs, and it works. Our children have a higher chance of passing their exams, therefore a better chance to access better senior high schools, and a better chance of earning an income as an adult. 

This year well spend £59,488 on food ingredients alone. Its a lot of money, a lot of work, and completely worth it. Thank you to every one who supports this life changing program. 

Poverty is complicated, feeding hungry children is not 💕

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Great achievement all round 👏

Very great/massive impact, hope to have same progress in Nandom soon

Love this ❤️ A great achievement all round! You make a difference 👏👍

Massive impact 🤝

We're selflessly grateful for ATE your benevolence 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Simply lives changing ❤️

So much difference!🎊🙏

Too much improvement 💕

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Supporting disabled children and their carers – who often face horrific abuse and discrimination – has always been a vital part of our work. And when Gala Helen joined the SNAP disability team two years ago, she took it to a whole new level. . ...
Read all about her here 👇🏽

ateghana.org/we-are-the-voices-for-the-people-helen/
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Supporting disabled children and their carers – who often face horrific abuse and discrimination – has always been a vital part of our work. And when Gala Helen joined the SNAP disability team two years ago, she took it to a whole new level. . ...
Read all about her here 👇🏽

https://ateghana.org/we-are-the-voices-for-the-people-helen/

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Brilliant piece.💯

Great initiative 👌

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