Giving 500 children a future and strengthening girls
Background and problem description
Ampaha is located in the Bosome Freho District, in the Ashanti region of Ghana and is a community of 1350 inhabitants, mainly inhabited by farmers.
The children are taught outdoors and in temporary sheds. This leads to many problems. The children are distracted in class and cannot go to school at all, when it rains, which leads to poor performance.
A further negative effect is that young girls in particular are “tempted” to engage in other activities due to the lack of education and the associated circumstances. Teenage and child pregnancies (under 14 years of age) are increasing.
The project presented here will take a cautious approach and lead to a solution to the problems mentioned above.
The lack of toilet facilities is another major problem, especially for girls. As they have no privacy for their monthly hygiene, they do not come to school during this time. These conditions lead to a high number of school drop-outs. Teenage pregnancies and thus a low standard of living are often the result.
With the construction of a new school building with fully equipped 6 classrooms, teachers’ room, office and storage room, a mechanised water supply and a toilet building we want to end the unsustainable conditions and create an appropriate learning environment for students and teachers.
By building a new school building, a mechanised water supply and a toilet facility:
- all pupils of school age have access to education
- pupils and teaching staff have access to clean drinking water, adequate sanitation and hand washing facilities
- water-related diseases are reduced through improved hygiene conditions
- enables pupils to go to school regularly and on time, thereby improving their performance
- there will be promotion and training in the field of hygiene
- the girls are enabled to attend school even during their menstruation
Status: completed; Sponsor: Initiative Daimler ProCent
Costs: approx. 60,000 €.