Children/Youth Programs/Education

Western Heritage Home Scholars

WHH ScholarsWestern Heritage Home started supporting their "WHH Scholars", with our help in 2007. Fast forward to 2015!

The continued support of the education of these children is our first and foremost responsibility. With little to no family support, they will have to rely on their own wits and skills as adults. We must prepare them as well as possible.

So, when bills for tuition, uniforms, lunch tickets, textbooks roll in, we're right there to help.

We nostalgically keep the photo on the left---the "family" back when they were little! But they're almost grown up now.

Dorothy, our first Leif Pederson High School Graduation Award winner, has graduated high school and is working in Takoradi. 

Peter, Charlotte, and Philomena have received full Ghana National Petroleum Council scholarships, including tuition and room and board, based on their JHS academic excellence, to Nsein High School. We have provided their personal items and some pocket money.

These children---always referred to as "scholars" (not orphans)---were sheltered in the Western Heritage Children's Home for about five years. Ghana Together funded their room, board, and local staff to care for them.

But, Ghana is changing rapidly. By late 2011, the WHH Board, esp. the women members, felt uncomfortable with children living long-term in an institution, no matter how well-managed. And, about that time, WHH was notified by the Ghanaian Government's Women and Children's Department that it was phasing out orphanages and children's homes, except for the most desperately ill or disabled children, and that WHH's license to operate would probably not be renewed after 2011 unless they substantially changed their mission.

And so they phased out their Children's Home in a responsible, orderly fashion. Some are now in Manye Hostel where there is electricity to provide lighting for studies. Others are in kinship homes or homes of WHH board members. 

 

Apewosika School Scholarships

Apewosika Scholarship StudentsStarting Sept 2012 school year, we continue to support about 50 primary students on scholarship at the little Apewosika Village private school. Cost is about $25 USD/term with three terms/year.

Since we have been working in Axim, the Ghanaian government has begun to provide tuition-free education at the primary and junior high levels making it possible for the majority of children in Axim to attend school. A HUGE achievement for a country where about one-third the people live on less than $2.00/day.

But not all neighborhoods are within reasonable walking distance to government schools. Apowesika is such a village...in fact, we were told the name itself means something like: "I may be poor but I don't owe anyone!" And poor it is---a traditional fishing village on a peninsula, cut off by tides and distance.

Apowesika School

So, we support children in the upper primary grades in this little private school because the parents, knowing a little reading and math is better than none, take the older children out to be able to afford sending the younger siblings.

The school was founded by a Ghanaian teacher at the end of her life and is now run by her son, David, the Headmaster, and her daughter Mercy, the Ghana Library Authority Western Regional Library Director.

This Apewosika Mom gave us permisssion to take her photo with her children, whom she desperately wants to go to school.

 

 

Community Development Vocational Technical Institute Scholarships

CDVTI Scholarship Students

For the 2013-2016 school years, we funded 12 scholarships for vocational students--10 women and 2 men. Nine of the women whose homes are far from Axim live in the dormitory that Ghana Together refurbished in 2013.