"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!
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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:
Over the past week they have worked extremely hard to educate, inspire, motivate and share their wisdom about Netball to our community. We have been working with 18 different schools and 25 teachers and coaches to "Make a difference through netball". We can't wait to see the impact their training will have and what the future holds for Netball in Ghana! ... See MoreSee Less
Our coaches are now better equipped to coach the next generation of Netballers and help more young people in Ghana get involved with the sport. They are confident, capable, enthusiastic and we can't wait to see them put their skills into action in their schools and teams.
Each coach was presented with a certificate of completion and a new ball for their school as well as wristbands, bibs, new nets and kits. ... See MoreSee Less
What a privilege it has been to work with these wonderful coaches. They are passionate, fun and ready to grow netball in Accra. Well done to them all. And a big thank you to Akwaaba for hosting us (Netball Development Trust). We'll be back xx
Absolutely brilliant. Hugely inspiring. Well done everyone.
All 25 coaches brushed up on making coaching fun for their students, the rules of the game and good umpiring as well as discussing some sexual and reproductive health topics in line with the issues that girls in Ghana often face.
Of course we finished with a very competitive match - action photos below! ... See MoreSee Less
NDT are "making a difference through netball" all over the world and are now in Ghana coaching 25 coaches from over 10 different schools in our community to make netball accessible to everyone, improve coaching, deliver sexual and health awareness and to have a great time!
Check out some of the pictures from today's action and watch this space for more information! ... See MoreSee Less
Akwaaba Volunteers have had a busy couple of weeks donating hundreds of school supplies to underprivileged children in our community thanks to the amazing students and teachers from Fun2Learn Αλεξανδροπούλου in Greece.
Fun2Learn Αλεξανδροπούλου donated school bags, exercise books, reading books, text books, pencil cases, pencils, erasers, rulers, maths sets, colouring pencils, felt tip pens, calculators, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, pens and more!
This morning Akwaaba Volunteers were invited to join the Ghana Armed Forces to take the horses our volunteer Catherine Isobel Roy has been working with for their final preparation and practice for Independence day on the 6th March.
A very early morning to prepare the horses for travelling to Independence square but worth it for the amazing front row seats and experience.
We can't wait to see the rest of the performances on the day! ... See MoreSee Less
Our community football project, also know as the "Street to School Soccer Project" is currently working with 101 girls and boys aged 7 - 18 aiming to improve opportunities for young people in Labadi through the power of sport.
Take a look at the video to find out more about what we are doing.
Interested in joining us as a football coach? Email us: email@example.com ... See MoreSee Less
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!
Interested in volunteering as a Rugby Coach? Get in touch today! ... See MoreSee Less
"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.
#SeeGhana #FeelGhana #WearGhana #EatGhana #ExploreGhana #TravelGhana #WeLoveGhana ... See MoreSee Less
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!
See Video for more info, to understand the story and how you can help change a Childs life today!
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.
Do you want to donate to help us do more great things in Accra?
The last Friday of January means its Pay day and we need your help!
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
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