Kicking Off is an amazing charity currently working in Ghana using the power of football to empower communities.
Yesterday Akwaaba Volunteers traveled to to the village of Mpraeso with a squad of 16 u13 Street To School Soccer Boys to take part in Kicking Off's tournament. We were warmly welcomed, each boy was given a goody bag, a medical check where multivitamins, biscuits and bananas were given out as well as administering malaria checks to each boy and our coaches, we were supplied with water, a meal and a great game of football against Mpraeso's academy team. It was an unfortunate result for the Street To School Boys but the academy scored some fantastic goals and deserved the win.
Not only did our team have a great day but 500 girls and boys from local schools were invited to compete in a fantastic tournament!
Thankyou for inviting us to represent Accra, welcoming us and our boys so warmly, a great tournament and some even better football!
One of our aims is to support community needs and to give underprivileged children better opportunities. Many of the boys don't have kits to train in and with bare feet so today we presented the boys with new Jerseys for training and new boots thanks to Sal's Shoes! Enjoy boys!
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"I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything's right"
Thankyou Sal's Shoes for putting shoes on our feet and smiles on our faces! Today we were able to give all our Street To School Soccer Project players who, were playing in broken or no shoes, a new pair of boots to play in!
Akwaaba Volunteers and the Ghana Armed Forces Polo and Saddle Club want to thank everyone that donated items to help us take care of our 68 horses in Ghana!
Over the Christmas period we collected over 60kg of horsey items including saddle cloths, bits, bridles, brushes, headcollars, boots, bandages, fly masks and more and today we had the pleasure of donating it to help the horses here in Ghana.
Over the weekend we travelled to Kumasi, Ghana's second biggest city for a weekend of culture!
We were honoured to attend the wedding of local artist and designer Eric and his beautiful wife Mercia and enjoy a traditional ceremony full of love and dancing! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Taylor!
We also visited the Manhiya Palace, home to the Asante King, Otomfuo Nana Osei Tutu II. The Asante region is the largest and most powerful region in Ghana, home to Ghana's gold, the origin of Kente fabric and the twi language.
We were particularly inspired by Yaa Asantewaa, a woman who fought like a man. One of the most influential women in Ghanaian history, chosen by the Kings to lead the battle against the British who vowed to fight till the last person falls on the battlefield. She protected her kingdom and the golden stool when the men were too afraid to stand up and fight.
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WOW - In less than a month my video and all the hard work from Jordan and everyone else has managed to raise ALMOST £1000!! We're £50 off reaching that figure - which would make it exactly half way to the ultimate goal of raising £2000! If you haven't donated yet - spare £5... your name will be a part of the school and future generations forever!
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Yesterday Akwaaba Volunteers took to the streets of Jamestown, Accra's oldest neighbourhood to help The Maria Kale Avenue distribute clothes, food and drinks to one of the poorest communities in Ghana's capital.
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We have been busy working on our brand new school for underprivileged children in Ghana this week! If you have just £5 you can donate you can buy a brick to help us give children in Ghana the education they deserve.
Thankyou to everyone who has generously donated so far. Check out the pictures below to see the work in progress! ... See MoreSee Less
Always thrilled when a Pack for a Purpose traveler chooses to make a Big Impact in the community they are traveleing to by taking needed supplies!Please encourage Monica to share her story on our website to inspire other travelers. :)
Thinking of volunteering? Here is why you should book today!
So you have thought about travelling abroad and have the intention of doing something good to contribute to the worldwide effort aiming to make the world a better place. People all over the world from gap year students to retired personnel are embarking on adventures around the world volunteering on various projects to help others in need. But why are so many people choosing to volunteer?
First and foremost it feels great to give back, experience a new culture and build your CV whilst doing so. Your confidence will grow, as will your social network and you may even get the opportunity to learn a new language. You will become independent, become a responsible and conscious traveller, you'll become great at budgeting, try new food, become more grateful and share your knowledge and skills to those less fortunate than yourself and you'll make friends for life!
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The 2017 World Malaria Report shows that there has been a plateau in the impact of malaria treatment in Ghana and across Africa. With only 54% of people using bednets - this means almost half of people who should be sleeping under the nets are not doing so!
With Christmas fast approaching you can get in the spirit of giving.
When you buy a beautiful handcrafted (in Ghana) bracelet from www.no2malaria.com we will give a treated mosquito net to a family in need in our community.
Akwaaba Volunteers have collaborated with Volta Sports to bring our "Street to School Soccer Project" to help the children in Labadi have a formal football pathway to keep them off the streets and create better opportunities for young people.
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From all the Akwaaba Team we want to say a huge Thankyou to Volunteer Justin. Take a look at the video below to see his awesome fundraising efforts to buy school supplies and restart the building of the new school for underprivileged children.
A great afternoon at the Hockey stadium donating kits from Leeds Beckett University girls Lacrosse Team to our lovely girls team! Thankyou from Akwaaba Volunteers and the whole team - we cant wait to start kickstart the season in January and show it off! ... See MoreSee Less
Last week we had the pleasure of working with Kwabena Awuku Photography at our Street To School Soccer Project in Labadi. The project aims to use the power of sport to keep kids off the street and create better opportunities through football and education.
Check out a few of the awesome pictures he captured below.
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Eddy has been working with Akwaaba Volunteers since he was just 14 helping to get the boys and girls in the community to come to our projects and looking out for the volunteers. Now he has completed school and is working hard to give all our the best experience possible everyday from meeting you at the airport to taking you to your projects or teaching you to dance he is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! ... See MoreSee Less
No2Malaria make beautiful hand crafted bracelets that help fight malaria by donateing long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets to mothers and families in need in the poorest areas of Ghana. The bracelets are hand made from recycled glass, therefore also providing employment to the local artisans.
Purchase a bracelet today to donate to the underprivileged children in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
Akwaaba Volunteers have partnered with the One World Play Project and together we are using the power of sport to prevent poverty.
If you have a dog, children, brothers or sisters you can purchase one of the worlds most durable balls and donate one to Ghana for our "Street To School Soccer Project" and give more children from the streets access to sports. The perfect Christmas gift!
Akwaaba Volunteers are delighted to be the newest partner of Shoprite Ghana.
Today we took a team of management staff from Shoprite to our Underprivileged Children's Centre to make a donation of material for school uniforms, a freshly prepared lunch of Jollof and Chicken for all the children and staff as well as food and drinks to support the schools feeding programme.
A huge thankyou to Shoprite from the Akwaaba team and UCC staff! We look forward to the future. ... See MoreSee Less
Akwaaba Volunteers have had a busy week finding new feet for the amazing shoes we received from Sal's Shoes. So far we have found new feet for more than 200 pairs of shoes at schools, underprivileged children's centres, after school clubs, hockey and our street to school soccer project.
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The Akwaaba Team will be putting their fitness to the test over the next 4 weeks. We will be running two races in October, the first a 5k military obstacle run followed by the Accra Marathon just one week later!
Please help us reach our fundraising target and help more kids get off the streets and into education through our Street to School football project. Every little helps!
The Akwaaba Volunteers Team will be racing against poverty for our "Street To School Soccer Project". We will be tackling Ghana's most challenging (and sweaty as we will be running in +30degrees) 5k military obstacle race on October 21st followed by taking part in Accra's international marathon j...
Akwaaba Volunteers were able to put a smile on the faces of underprivileged women and children living on the streets of Ghana's capital, Accra. It is great to see how our donations can make such a big impact to people's lives. Thankyou to the Maria Kale Avenue for helping us reach out to those in need. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to Volta Sports for another great coaching session followed by Volunteers vs Academy boys football match. Volunteers made a glorious come back to win 7-6 in the last third. A great show of talent and sportsmanship from both teams. ... See MoreSee Less
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Akwaaba Volunteers Looking to travel or for a new adventure? On a gap year or a career break? Watch this video to see how you can get involved with volunteering in Ghana and have the experience of a lifetime!
A week ago we were devestated by the loss of a friend, a brother, a mentor, a role model and one of Ghana's greatest, Robert Kofi Mintah. We wear this shirt with pride, to remember your smile, your kindness, your dancing, your football skills and everything that you taught us. We will endeavour to make you proud every day, shine bright up there. Rest in peace Striker, you will always be in our hearts.
Congratulations to the Rising Stars of Africa Captain James Kumah and team for winning your tournament in Benin, Striker would be proud of you all and a huge Thank you to Josh Woodcock and Beth Woodcock for your thoughtful donation for the boys. ... See MoreSee Less