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Ghana Together asks for your help on projects in Axim.  We have worked with the Western Heritage Home (WHH)  Board and other leaders in Axim since 2006. We've earned the respect we enjoy both in Ghana and here in the US. We and our Ghanaian counterparts, together, are trustworthy conduits if you'd like to help an African community help itself.

WHH started their local Axim-based, Ghanaian-registered non-profit to improve their own community. We formed ours to give them a hand-up. Our mutual commitment is long-term. We base our work on shared mission, professionalism, mutual respect, and friendship. We join WHH in our thanks.

If you wish to write a check, please make payable to Ghana Together and mail to:

Ghana Together
808 Addison Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Or, you can make your tax deductible contribution via PayPal using your account or by credit card:

Ghana Together is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Tax ID (EIN) is 26-2182965. We are registered as a charitable corporation in the State of Washington, Registration #25219 (http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities).

All our administrative costs, including travel, are paid entirely out-of-pocket by our Directors themselves. All donations go directly into projects. All work done here in the US is volunteer labor.

 Mutually agreed-upon plans for 2018:

  • Make sure all the children we currently are helping stay in school, and add scholarship support, as much as possible for as many as possible.

In many cases, we share costs with families, depending on their location and financial situation. If the children are near a government-funded (tuition-free) school, we help with uniforms, underwear, sandals, notebooks, pen, etc. In some cases we help with tuition if the government school is beyond walking distance, and the extended family collectively provides the various supplies. We are aided in this effort by WHH leadership who know the community and family situations well.

  • Continue to support the Axim Public Library with children's books and a mobile library by tricycle service to 15 primary/JHS schools. So many kids, so few books!!! Most schools have no libraries, or textbooks. The children read what the teacher writes on the board and they copy into their notebooks.
  • Entertain ideas from ex-pats, particularly, who might want to fund a project working with us.

AND IN THE DREAM CATEGORY...if you are looking for a way to really make an impact... :)

  • We are always interested in any ideas that improve the lives of children, especially. The Urine Diversification/Dehydration toilets which were introduced by Engineers Without Borders are proving to be a good solution. EWB built the first one, we built two more, and now one more has been built by another NGO in a nearby village. Yes, we know people want modern, flush toilets, but at schools in rural areas, the UDDTs are proving to be a very workable solution.
  • We introduce new technology not readily available there, like Internet-in-a-Box, both the "regular" one in the senior high and now the WikiMed one, for the nursing school. We'd like to do more with this technology.
  • All that said, we are confident that with our 10+ years experience in the Axim area, relations with local leaders, etc., we can put any funds to good use. You know who to call!!!

Some of our best understanding, so far, about how to help...

Be cautious about sending material "stuff” to Axim. Material possessions there, especially among children, are few. We like items not readily available there that advance learning such as One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computers, solar-powered (non-graphing) scientific calculators, children's books, educational games, and science materials. Likewise, we try to always hire local people. We share our skills generously, but avoid doing the work ourselves if local skills are available.

To be perfectly honest...the most useful donation is money. We wire safely bank to bank—thereby avoiding extra fees for overweight luggage, shipping costs, hassles with customs, petty thievery, etc. To avoid undercutting local businesses, we bring only items that are necessary or highly desirable, but not reasonably available for purchase in Ghana.

Be open to ideas, suggestions, proposals, criticism. If you'd like to get involved, please contact us! We are learning as we go and welcome your insights.

Be available. We like to give presentations here at home! We have great photos and interesting stories!

Be humble...try not to do any harm...work together...mutual respect...

Thank you!