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.

82p 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.

11p 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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Exam time!
Over the last 2 weeks our Form 3 students have taken their end of school BECE exams (GCSE equivalent) AND our Year 3 VocATE Apprentices have sat their practical exams. From maths-sets to needles and thread, we are so grateful to have been able to support our 276 teenagers and 10 apprentices as they take these important steps. Good luck to them all, we await results with tremendous hope for their bright futures ⭐️
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Exam time!
Over the last 2 weeks our Form 3 students have taken their end of school BECE exams (GCSE equivalent) AND our Year 3 VocATE Apprentices have sat their practical exams. From maths-sets to needles and thread, we are so grateful to have been able to support our 276 teenagers and 10 apprentices as they take these important steps. Good luck to them all, we await results with tremendous hope for their bright futures ⭐️Image attachment

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Good luck to them!🙏🎊

Good luck 🤞 to them

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We are full of gratitude for our very special friendship with Rotary Club of Swindon and it’s a wonderful members.

Today, this generous and committed club presented us with a cheque for £6022 - a huge and meaningful donation which will go a long way to change lives in Ghana.

Then, we were overwhelmed as they presented Sarah Annable-Gardner with the highest possible award in Rotary- the Paul Harris Award which celebrates people who make an outstanding contribution to the world. There were a few tears!

Thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful club which has been on our journey since the very beginning. We are beyond grateful ❤️
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Congratulations Sarah and the ATE team.

Congratulations to the team 👏🎉❤️

God bless them all

This is incredible news 🎉🎉Congratulations Sarah Annable-Gardner - very well deserved 🥳 xx

Way to go Sarah! Could not think of someone more deserving to get this incredible award xxx

Amazing.🎉🙏

We're greatful

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Could you consider hosting a small event at home to raise some money for our children in Ghana? If you would, let us know if we can help! We’re always keen to come along and meet new people – we’ll even help you wash up!

Read about Dee's fantastic soup and elderflower fundraiser at her house last week:

ateghana.org/soup-for-snap/
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God bless you for your kindness

God richly bless you

Thank you in advance for agreeing to help!🙏

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