Akwaaba Volunteers was founded in 2015 by Jordan Palmer and King Boateng. Jordan spent time in Accra as volunteer and fell in love with the people, culture and the country and King grew up in Accra before pursuing a career as a professional footballer in the UK. Both founders share a passion for creating better opportunities for young, disadvantaged people in Ghana through 4 key areas, health, education, sports and working with animals.
In 2021 Akwaaba Volunteers merged with the Futurestars Charity to deliver joint projects in Ghana and to have an even bigger impact on the families and the children we are working with. Futurestars Charity provided Akwaaba Volunteers with vital support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic after working together for a number of years. Our values and aims align and we knew that together we would be stronger. Watch this space to see the amazing things we are going to do together.
Akwaaba Volunteers aim is to “Brighten the future of the next generation”, alleviate poverty and create better opportunities for underprivileged children and disadvantaged communities. Our projects are based in Labadi, a suburb of Ghana’s capital city. We work closely with our community and work in areas based on the needs of the community. Through our projects we aim to empower, develop and create sustainable futures to alleviate poverty and change lives.
3.5 million children in Ghana live in poverty and over one third of those live in extreme poverty.
There are 61492 children living on the streets of Accra. Girls under the age of 10 represent 59% of this total number.
Children in Ghana are 40% more likely to live in poverty than adults.
One quarter of students in Ghana never complete primary school. 65% of children under 18 don’t attend school in Accra.
Urban poverty is increasing with a rapidly growing urban population and an increase in segregation as inequality gaps grow larger.
Accra has the highest unemployment rates and lack of basic housing and sanitation (with a housing deficit of 1.7 million units and projected to increase to 2.4 million in 2018.
To make a long-term positive change to the lives of the people we are working with. We believe every child deserves happiness, respect and the right to dream.
To create sustainable projects based on the needs of our community. By working closely with the community, we can work together to create simple and low cost solutions through our projects.
To be transparent with how we run our projects and the use of our funding to create better understanding and trust
To empower local people to create their own futures.
We love what we do, work hard and give our volunteers the best experience possible