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:
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 2017:
- Make sure all the children we currently are helping stay in school (about 70 starting January), and add scholarship support, as much as possible for as many as possible. Our dream? That every child in Axim would finish 6th grade, minimum!
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---so many kids, so few books!!!
- 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... :)
- A new library/technology/community meeting center, on a spot right in the center of Axim Town that the democratically-elected Municipal Assembly has reserved for it. The land is there, the staff, the energy, and thanks to our efforts, lots of children's books, computers, and other resources---even a mobile library going to schools, via a large tricycle! One of the local contractors who helped us with renovating school buildings has built one in another town---so we have the know-how. Now for the funding!!!
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!