Sightseeing in Accra with our volunteers and enjoying this amazing view of independence square.
Ghana gained independence from Britain on 6th March 1957 and this square was opened by Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Queen Elizabeth. Each year people gather here on independence day to celebrate. ... See MoreSee Less
It is just one week to go till tournament day. We have teamed up with Kicking Off to give 500 Children from our community a day of sports, free medical checks, food, water, goody bags, games and more! .
We are also teaming up with Days for Girls Ghana to provide every girl participating with reusable Sanitary pads to end #periodpoverty and make sure no girl has to miss school because of menstruation. .
One of the best parts of volunteering abroad is the people you will get to meet...
This week we have had the pleasure of meeting 4 amazing ladies from Michigan who have been volunteering at our teaching project and have gone above and beyond to help the school.
Not only did they bring 5 HUGE suitcases full of donations from friends and family in the USA they also bought backpacks and bowls for the students.
Every day the school provides meals for the students at school, however if any of the children forget their bowls they can't eat the food. We bought 205 bowls and distributed them to every child at the school so that there are no excuses for a child going hungry.
Some midweek motivation from the boys at our Street 2 School Soccer Project.
"We are a team, united we stand, divided we fall"
Team work makes the dream work and we are lucky to work with amazing coaches and kids every day to provide football and education to over 100 underpriveleged children in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
"The future of the world is in our classroom today"
Our volunteers have been working at our community after school programme which provides kids in Labadi a safe space to learn and play every day. We have been doing homework and getting creative. Can you tell the kids loved it? ... See MoreSee Less
If you have volunteered as a teacher in Ghana then you will definitely have had the pleasure of meeting Naa. 🇬🇭
Naa is the most loving, outgoing and bossy girl at the UCC. If you know her she has probably made you feed her, buy her sausages for lunch, done your hair for you and given you lots of kisses. 💙
Earlier this year Aish Jagadeeswaran, Daryon Holland, Marisa Veloso and Oli Bevan fell in love with Naa and with the help of her family and amazing UCC staff we have registered and paid for her to be able to attend Dzorwulu Special School. She will start school on monday.
Thankyou to everyone who has supported Naa so far, we know she is going to be Queen of the school in no time and can't wait to see how she is getting on. 👑
➡ Swipe right to see Naa posing, all packed for her new adventure and saying goodbye to her class.
For the past 4 weeks Dominic Klyen has been volunteering as a football coach with Akwaaba Volunteers. He has primarily been working with the strikers at our elite football academy and to say thankyou the boys won 3-0 in their final game today.
We want to say a huge thankyou for all of your hard work and everything you have done for the boys, especially their awesome new kit.
From us and all the boys at New Life, we are going to miss you and we cant wait to see you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
"Your greatness is not what you have but what you give"
Our volunteers enjoying the rooftop views of our community whilst helping us "brighten the future of the next generation"
Our after school community club runs every afternoon and welcomes all children from 3-18. It provides children with the opportunity to learn, play and be creative in a safe and caring environment. ... See MoreSee Less
Earlier this year you donated your loved crocs to our friends at Sal's Shoes. They shipped them all the way to us in Ghana and today they found a new home with 8 year old Estha who lives at the Becky Foundation orphanage in Senya. She loves them! She wrote back to you and hopes one day you can visit Ghana for yourself!
Today 85 pairs of your crocs found new loving feet in Ghana. Thankyou, the smiles speak for themselves! ... See MoreSee Less
NAME: Abdul Razak Abdul Kadir AGE: 17 POSITION: Defender and Captain SUBJECT: Maths SCHOOL: Dunn School, California AMBITION: Professional footballer / Journalist
Meet New Life Football Academy's captain and third graduate! Kadir has received a full scholarship to complete high school in America. Over the past 3 years Kadir has led his team to countless wins against teams across Ghana and has been responsible for organising and caring for his team mates. We are going to miss you but are so unbelievably proud and excited for what you are going to achieve. Good luck capito!! ... See MoreSee Less
"They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel"
Phillipe is spending 6 weeks volunteering as a teacher in Ghana. He enjoys teaching and working with children in the UK and chose to join us to help make a difference through education and brighten the future of the next generation in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
Good luck to our scholars David and Daniel on their first day at school in America.
New Life Football academy is using the power of football to change lives in Ghana.
New Life academy have established a talent pathway for elite athletes through education and football to provide opportunities for players to display their talent on an international level.
This month 2 of our players have received full scholarships to further their education in the United States. Daniel is attending Cate school, California and David is at Baylor School in Tennessee.
We want to say a huge thankyou to two very important individuals who have been working with and supporting the academy to make these boys dreams come true. MLS Giant, David Accam and Majeed Warris and the Warris Foundation.
We cant wait to see what the future holds for the boys and the academy ... See MoreSee Less
NAME: David Ohene Danquah AGE: 14 POSITION: Midfield SUBJECT: Science & History SCHOOL: Baylor School, Tennessee AMBITION: Professional footballer / Pilot
"I'm looking forwards to further my education and using this opportunity to help more people who started like me in Ghana"
Meet David, the second Graduate from New Life Football Academy. David is leaving Ghana for the very first time to pursue his dreams at high school in America. Congratulations David, you have worked so hard both in school and on the pitch and we couldn't be more proud. You are a star, keep on shining
Thankyou to everyone who has been a part of this life changing opportunity for David so far, we can't wait to see what your future holds. ... See MoreSee Less
Our Veterinary Volunteers spent the day with Dr Amakye-Anim, the Director of Labadi Veterinary Practice delivering an educational outreach workshop for farmers, scientists, delivery drivers, feed manufacturers and members of the Ghana poultry project on the effective control of vaccine preventable diseases for poultry in Ghana.
NAME: Daniel Asiedu Boateng AGE: 15 POSITION: Midfield SUBJECT: English SCHOOL: Cate School, California AMBITION: Professional footballer / Sports Journalist
"This is the opportunity every kid in Ghana is dreaming of and now it is my reality"
Today we said goodbye to our very first graduate from our football academy who has received a full Scholarship from Cate School in California. We are unbelievably proud of you! Good luck from the Akwaaba Volunteers and New Life team. Make all of your dreams come true!
Akwaaba Volunteers aim is to "Brighten the future of the next generation and create better opportunities". Today we did exactly that! Thankyou to everyone who has been a part of Daniels journey so far! ... See MoreSee Less
Could this be the next generation of Arsenal stars?
Thanks to the amazing @sal'sshoes we have been able to provide our academy of elite footballers, our street 2 school soccer players and our underprivileged children's centre with brand new kits for football!
Last month we were awarded a grant from The University of Buckingham to improve the classroom facilities at our underprivileged children's center.
We purchased 15 brand new hand made desks, a new whiteboard, partitioned the classrooms and bought classroom cupboards to stop the books getting dusty.
Before this there were only 4 desks in the classroom with students sitting up to 4 on each table and some sat on the floor. Now the children have more space and a better environment for learning. Just in time for exam week!
Thankyou for helping us "Brighten the future of the next generation"
Philip Fine...look at this ! This charity has been set up by a former student of mine at RLS x that's great that Buckingham university have supported the children's learning by buying this furniture etc x
Thanks to Akwaaba Volunteers and University of Buckingham
Thanks to the amazing Sal's Shoes our u10 Street 2 School Soccer team have got new football boots!
Sal's Shoes deliver your outgrown and unwanted shoes straight to children in need around the world. We have been very lucky to receive 110 pairs of football boots in Ghana to support our football project which is using the power of sport to give children on the streets of Accra better opportunities and an education!
Thankyou to everyone that donated!
If you have unwanted, used or outgrown shoes please consider donating them along with £1 to this amazing charity so more children around the world can feel as happy as our boys! ... See MoreSee Less
Our veterinary volunteers have been in surgery today treating this pups prolapsed eye.
If you want to volunteer with animals or gain valuable experience as a vet, working with horses or on our Primate conservation project send an email to email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Birthday to the founder of Akwaaba Volunteers 🎂
To celebrate we are fundraising to end #periodpoverty and stop the stigma surrounding #menstruation in our community. By donating just £1 you can help us to purchase a menstruation kit complete with reusable sanitary pads that our girls can keep using for 1 year or more. The kits will empower the girls from our netball project, stop them from missing school, feel free to play sports and feel safe and comfortable.
Our volunteers have been working with a number of young recently backed horses, now we can ensure they have properly fitted tack to continue their education. Thankyou from us and our four legged friends!
"Simply placing a pencil in a child's hand is the first step toward unlocking the promise of self empowerment and a higher quality of life."
Every day Akwaaba Volunteers are taking small steps to change the lives of the children and communities we are working with. Even just 1 pencil can help us to empower a child, alleviate poverty & we get to see those smiles!
We traveled to the Volta Region over the weekend to escape the city and enjoy some of Ghana's natural wonders!
We visited Wli Falls, the highest waterfalls in West Africa and climbed to the top of Mount Afadjato, the tallest mountain in Ghana, where we were treated to spectacular views of Ghana and Togo. ... See MoreSee Less
On the 16th June we hosted our first Street 2 school Soccer tournament and we had an amazing day. The aim of the tournament was to celebrate the achievements of the Street 2 School participants so far both with their commitment to education and their football training and to bring the community together for a fun day of music, food, football and more!
We saw some so much talent on the pitch, sportsmanship, teamwork and competitive spirit from all 10 participating teams. Check out the photos for some of our favourite moments of the day!
U15 Tournament: Teams - Street 2 School Soccer, Galaxy FC, Soul Winners & Danbort FC Winners - Street 2 School Soccer Team Goal King - Felix Bortey / Dambort FC Player of the tournament - Joshua Kwashie / Street 2 School
U13 Tournament Teams - Street 2 School Soccer, Mandela FC, Fordern FC & BrainAdet Soccer Winners - Mandela FC Goal King - Armah Gerald / Mandela FC Player of the tournament - William Kpeglo / Mandela FC
Girls Player of the tournament - Abigail Amon
This day would not have been possible without the help of a number of special people so thankyou to....
Our partners and friends Volta Sports. Huge shout out to Ekow Twie Appiah-Elliott and Leon Yemoh for being instrumental in the organising, funding and running of the big day! Thank you for all your fundraising and support to make this day possible
Our excellent young referees.15 Year old Christopher and 14 Year old Henry you made the day fun and fair for all the teams and showed amazing integrity throughout the day.
Thankyou to the very talented Swagfam Studio for capturing all of the special moments from the day and to Halycon Media for supporting our project again. Watch this space for the video...
Lastly thank you to all 150 participants, coaches and spectators for coming to support our first Street 2 School Soccer tournament. We hope you all had as much fun as we did. ... See MoreSee Less
"No tool can more profoundly unlock a persons ability to change his or her place in life than access to quality education"
At the UCC (underprivileged children's centre) we are giving 156 street children, orphans or children living in extreme poverty the chance to get the education they deserve. Through our volunteers hard work we are able to work one on one with students to meet the individual needs of each child, to help them develop and "Brighten the future of the next generation" ... See MoreSee Less
This group of inspiring individuals work day in and day out to keep our Street 2 School Soccer Project running and give every child that we work with a safe environment to grow up in, an education and quality football coaching.
Thankyou for all of your hard work, being amazing role models, friends and making our dreams possible. ... See MoreSee Less
Introducing the newest member of the Akwaaba volunteers primate family.
We had the pleasure of spending the day with these white naped mangabeys who will soon be moving to their semi-free enclosures before being released back into the forests of Ghana. ... See MoreSee Less
A sneak peak of the footage from the Street 2 School Soccer tournament over the weekend!
We are bringing the community together through football and education and Saturday was a day to celebrate our impact so far!
Watch this space for more information, photos and videos!
Halcyon Media Culturefest '18🔥 An initiative by Volta Sports and Akwaaba Volunteers Akwaaba Volunteers UK You guys rock🤘🏾 . . . #halcyonmedia#halcyon#video#akwaaba#soccer#worldcup#thegame ... See MoreSee Less
Are you excited for the start of the World Cup today?
So are we! So we have put together a special offer for all you football fans, coaches, players and enthusiasts! Book your football coaching project between now and the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and you will save 50% on your project in Ghana!
You don't want to miss this opportunity!
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! ... See MoreSee Less
Through sports we can change the lives of girls in Ghana.
There are 61492 children living on the streets of Accra and girls represent 59% of this number.
By engaging girls in our community sports projects we can promote education, give girls a safe environment to grow up in, prevent child labor, early marriages, teenage pregnancies and make positive social change.
#girls #thisgirlcan #girlpower #empoweringwomen #socialchange #sports #girlsgeneration #femaleathlete #sportlife #Accra #Ghana ... See MoreSee Less
Akwaaba Volunteers had an amazing morning doing a very unique bicycle tour of Accra.
We saw the Osu Castle (Christiansborg castle), Independence Square, Accra Sports Stadium, stopped for coconuts at the Arts Center, Kwame Nkrumah Museum, Jamestown Cafe, Jamestown Lighthouse, Stopped for a quick game of football against the local kids, Makola Market, Osu and finished with a Smoothie at the Shop!
Earlier this year we launched our Netball and Sexual Health Project working in 17 different schools with 26 coaches and 500 girls to promote gender equality and to empower girls through the worlds leading female sport...
This week we have been giving out some new equipment for even more girls to get involved in the project!
Pictured are the girls from LA Anglican Primary School with new netballs for practice. ... See MoreSee Less
The Akwaaba Team, Coach Bobby and Clifford, one of our Street to School Soccer players have been in the studio this morning with Kwese TV.
Thankyou Kwese TV and Alive and Kicking for the opportunity to talk about how we are using football as a tool to change lives in our community and for presenting Clifford with his prizes for his skills on the pitch!
If you want to find out more about our Street to School Soccer Project you can visit our website or get in touch! ... See MoreSee Less
We have completed our first building and sanitation project!!!
Thanks to your generous donations we have been able to take the first step in building a brand new school for underprivileged children in Accra.
One out of every five Ghanaians defecates in the open and about 90% of all our excreta end up in streams and rivers – the same place many people get their drinking water from. As a result of this 4,000 Ghanaian children die each year from diarrhea, even more die from pneumonia, and about 23% of Ghanaian children suffer from stunting (chronic malnutrition linked to poor water and sanitation).
We have built a brand new toilet block for the school to prevent this from happening to our children. These children have proper toilets to use and somewhere to wash their hands too.
If you still want to donate to our "Buy a Brick Campaign" and join the wall of fame there is still time to donate by following the link below!
"One child, one teacher, one pen, one book can change the world"
There is never a dull moment at our teaching project. We are helping over 160 underprivileged children who are living in extreme poverty get the education they deserve and we want you to be a part of it!
If you want to make an impact and help us to change more lives you can join our teaching project this summer!
Why are Akwaaba Volunteers creating better opportunities for underprivileged children in Ghana through our range of projects in Accra?
One quarter of the population of Ghana lives in poverty and 1 in 12 people live in extreme poverty
3.5 Million children in Ghana live in poverty and more than one third of these live in extreme poverty
One quarter of students never complete primary school
Children are 40% more likely to live in poverty than adults
Urban poverty is rapidly growing due to a growing urban population and an increase in segregation as the inequality gap grows bigger
Accra has high unemployment rates with a lack of access to basic housing, water and sanitation
Ghana has a predicted housing defecit of 2.4 million in 2018
61492 Children live on the streets of Accra
87% of street children are there because of economic desperation
65% of children under 10 don't attend school in Accra
Through our projects we can make a sustainable positive impact to change the lives of young people for the better, we are keeping children off the streets, creating better opportunities for young people and alleviating the poverty in the areas that we work in.
BUT we need your help to do this! By volunteering abroad with Akwaaba Volunteers you be a part of our story and help us make a difference!
Get in touch today to find out about all of our opportunities
We are extremeley lucky to have so many amazing people who choose to join us as volunteers in Ghana.
Today we had the pleasure of handing out a huge box of clothes for the kids at our Underprivileged Children's Center thanks to Madam Cassie Richards who collected clothes and shipped them all the way to Ghana.
Thankyou from all of the Akwaaba Volunteers team and the UCC! ... See MoreSee Less
If you missed our instagram story from yesterday, Kwese TV have been back to Street 2 School Soccer to learn more about our programme and how we are combining football and education to give the kids we are working with better opportunities!
If you are in Ghana don't forget to tune in to learn more!
If you are interested in volunteering as a football coach get in touch today! ... See MoreSee Less
The Street to School Soccer programme aims to use football to alleviate the ever increasing urban poverty in Ghana.
The programme is not just about playing great football but aims to build character, teach life skills, promote education, instill the values of sport and create better opportunities for young people in our community.
Meet Christopher Adjei Okpoti, a member of the S2S programme. At the age of 15 years old Christopher is making history in Ghana as one of the best and youngest referees in Accra. Christopher started the programme as a goal keeper and still trains every day for fun but when he told us his real passion was refereeing S2S were able to give him a platform to achieve his dreams. He is now sought after at every level from local games up to Ghana's first division, he has an amazing understanding and command of the game and gains respect from every team he officiates for.
We love seeing Christopher doing what he has a passion for and can't wait to see what the future holds for him! ... See MoreSee Less
Akwaaba Volunteers are in Cape Coast this weekend.
Cape coast is the Gold Coasts former capital (it was moved to Accra in 1877) and is a key part of Ghana's rich multicultural history as one of the most import trade routes that transported not only slaves but gold, honey, and other African items. Cape Coast is now primarily a fishing port and it's mascot is a crab!
Don't forget you can watch what we are getting up to on our Instagram Story! ... See MoreSee Less
Our community football project is working with over 100 girls and boys aged 8 - 16. Not only does the programme give every player quality football coaching it also offers them educational support through homework club and a supportive environment to grow up in.
Football is Ghana's number 1 passion and now you have the chance to get involved!
If you love football either as a player or a coach join us now to make your impact! ... See MoreSee Less
Our Primate Conservation project need your help....
The West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) mission is to safeguard the future of two Critically Endangered primates - the Roloway monkey and the white-naped mangabey. Part of our work is rescuing and rehabilitating pet trade victims, placing them into social and breeding groups and have, since its conception in 2001, created a genetically diverse captive population of white-naped mangabeys - the largest of its kind!
The current Endangered Primate Breeding Centre was constructed in 2008 and in the ten years since it opened at Accra Zoo in the Achimota Forest. To commemorate this anniversary, we would like to build new homes for some of our longest residents. The decade has worn and torn our original enclosures, and all our animals deserve the same high standard of care.
100% of what you donate will go directly to the construction of the new enclosures so if you would like to donate and help give our monkeys a natural and safe home follow the link!
"One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time!"
Over the past 10 weeks, Catherine Isobel Roy has dedicated her time to working with over 60 horses, 2 camels and a puppy alongside the mounted unit of the Ghana armed forces and Akwaaba Volunteers.
Catty has been working cloesly with Spirit, a very green 3 year old stallion who had no confidence ouside of his stable, would rear at the slightest pressure, buck at every opportunity and was nervous and head shy. 2 months down the line, Spirit is confidently cantering in open spaces, popping over poles, responding to voice commands, is confident with a saddle on and ready to be backed and to make a great horse for someone.
Take a look at what you could get up to when you join our Horse Project in Ghana! ... See MoreSee Less
Today we are celebrating the end of term and the end of an era.
The children from the UCC (underprivileged children's centre) have been forced to leave their current location and have been left with no where to go. As you can see from the photo the new school is still a building site and without the school the children are left vulnerable on the streets, forced into child labor or worse.
Thanks to the Akwaaba Volunteers team and our amazing family of supporters we have raised the money to rebuild a temporary structure at the new school site and a toilet block which guarantees the safety and education of over 160 children from Accra who will have a school to return to after Easter!
If you are interested in donating follow the link: