We're creating opportunities for children and adults living in the poorest parts of Ghana

Standing together through the coronavirus crisis

Defending livelihoods and building sustainable futures


The Covid-19 crisis is bringing about huge change to all of our lives, to our work here at ATE and the charity sector, whose role as society’s lifeline is now more vital than ever. With coronavirus being a truly global pandemic, we are extremely concerned about the people of Lawra Municipal in Upper West, Ghana, where the crisis continues to exacerbate the extreme poverty that many live in. We will continue to be agile and to use creative ways to continue our work remotely; particularly to ensure the most vulnerable people we support have access to food, healthcare and other essential basic needs. See our statement , Covid-19 Response Timeline and read about our appeal here.




Transforming communities through empowerment

We work to reduce poverty in Lawra, rural Ghana, where the majority rely on subsistence farming and food is scarce for months at a time.

What we’ve been up to

Special Needs Awareness Programme
Our normal SNAP activities may be postponed, but the needs of our members are more vital than ever. Our SNAP team have been making regular distributions of food, soap and masks to the families of disabled children, and providing hygiene demonstrations – in April they reached 76 families.

Small Business Development Programme ATE seamstresses Mercy and Theresa have made a total of 790 masks so far which have been distributed to ATE staff and the most vulnerable in the community. We’re thrilled to be able to support businesses to adapt, and even thrive, in such difficult circumstances.

        Access to Education Programme         We have distributed food, soap and masks to students at our most rural schools who have been significantly affected by the school closures. In rural communities, with the lean season in full swing, most children are only eating a maximum of once a day. Thanks to donations to our Emergency Appeal, and funding from Ghana School Aid, we’ve been able to support these communities.

Meet the team

Looking after our fantastic staff, particularly during this difficult period, remains our priority. We’ve ensured all staff have hygiene packs to make sure that they are as safe as possible whilst at work, and have weekly (online!) full team meetings to check in.

Our Impact

Provide 1000+ free
school meals per day

Helped 160+
disabled children

Provided over 100
business grants

How we work

We’re implementing a strategy of integrated programmes to tackle the cycle of poverty, which reach a broad cross-section of the community in defined rural areas. We call this strategy our ‘Hub Model’.

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With just over an hour until our celebrity quiz, we’ve upgraded our zoom account to allow more of you to join us! Get the zoom link by donating £5 here: bit.ly/atexmasquiz
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With just over an hour until our celebrity quiz, we’ve upgraded our zoom account to allow more of you to join us! Get the zoom link by donating £5 here: bit.ly/atexmasquiz

We are very excited to announce our next Christmas Quiz host, the fantastic radio presenter and author, James O'Brien!

Join us with the author of 'How Not To Be Wrong' live on Saturday night (might be a handy book to read before the quiz)!

James joins Jon Snow on the line-up this Saturday night from 7:30-9pm, live on Zoom. Tickets are £5 per household, with all proceeds going to our Rebuild campaign, helping the people of Lawra recover from the pandemic.

Purchase your tickets here for some festive fun: bit.ly/atexmasquiz
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Where does your donation go?

84p of every pound donated goes directly towards our project costs in Ghana, and the rest goes on making sure the charity runs effectively so that all that can happen. We are financially transparent and carefully monitor and evaluate our work to ensure that the money you donate is used in the best way possible.

Registered Charity: 1149988