Greetings from girls of Achievers Ghana as we all move towards the end of 2020 and embrace the promise of a brand new year. We hope this finds you well, here is a little from us………
Achievers Ghana is happy for your kind support; it is a collective effort to improve the lives of deprived girls and you are part of it.
Our team ensures that no girl child is left behind. We always try to make a plan to promote the wellbeing of a girl child in deprived communities. We are on the lookout for ways to increase the scope of our actions going forward into 2021.
Your ongoing support of our girl child empowerment project and the individual sponsoring of girls means that they can make a future for themselves.
Thank you to all who have continued to support us over this period. We are especially grateful for those who continue to remember us even in the middle of the difficulties.
Because of you, there are many girls in slum communities who have regain their hope of becoming responsible and productive citizens. Our big and growing family really appreciate your kind and usual support. You can be certain that we appreciate every single support you and your love ones have extended to us.
The cost of tuition fees and other learning aids for the girls is a constant worry and we have recently been struggling to meet our cost (in the longer term). But we are blessed with friends and love ones who are always our backbone.
One of our primary objectives has always been for Achievers Ghana to be able to generate its own income so that the work can be sustained and expanded. We will continue to seek for your support until we achieve our mission and vision of ensuring that all girls the right and desirable life for themselves. Thank you so much!
Africa Youth Award has announced its shortlisted nominees for the 2020 edition of the Pan African awards scheme that honours inspirational young Africans who are championing the development of the continent in diverse fields.
Mr Amadu MOhammed, co-founder and director of Achievers Ghana was successfully nominated in the category of Award for Education for the Africa Youth Awards 2020. Mr Amadu is contesting with other six inspiring young leaders. Vote here for Amadu Mohammed to give him the opportunity to win the education category. Every vote counts.
out of over 1000 nominations received from close to 30 countries across across the continent, the work of Mr Amadu and his achievement were deemed fit to deserve an honour and a shortlist for this year’s awards.
Being the 6th edition, the organisers have always believed in creating a platform that would showcase the works of young Africans to the world and use their stories to motivate the youth population on the continent, and to inspire them to look beyond their perceived potential and believe that they can reach stars and achieve their dreams.
The 2020 Awards which is being held in partnership with Kenley College and Avance Media opened public voting on Monday 14th December, 2020 on http://www.africayouthawards.org/vote/#. The voting process presents the opportunity for Africans to select their most outstanding young African nominees from each category up to the 28th December, 2020 when voting portal will be closed, which will enable winners to be selected and announced on Friday, 1st January, 2021.
“We are hopeful, this nomination will inspire you and your team to keep on striving and achieving” – Organisers.
This Giving Tuesday was our most successful ever. The money raised will help to ensure that we can support girls and children who are impacted by Covid-19. It will also help us to build better education opportunities for the marginalised girls into the new year.
There is still time to give now and support our work if you haven’t already.
We have a lot of exciting plans for 2021. Our Covid response will transition to strong education recovery efforts, with equity high on our agenda to ensure that no girl child becomes a long-term victim of the pandemic.
I, and the girls we are working with, really appreciate your support.
Any gift you give to the Achievers Ghana today will be matched – up to $ 1 million – to help empower girls education and help their families out of poverty for good. That means every $ 1 you give becomes $ 2!. This is the perfect way to share joy with the most vulnerable, especially during a difficult year.
This #GivingTuesday your gift to Achievers Ghana will be matched by GlobalGiving, up to $1,000,000. Your donation support our urgent work to keep girls learning during school disruption and to ensure they return to school in the pandemic’s aftermath. Give a gift that changes lives and changes the world – because when girls thrive, we all strive.
The COVID-19 global pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to countries around the world. In a span of six months, millions are infected and over 712,236 deaths recorded worldwide, the coronavirus is a pandemic on a scale not seen since the Spanish Influenza of 1918.
The recorded cases in Ghana have spiked drastically, as at 6th August, the World Health Organization has recorded 39,642 confirmed cases and 199 deaths related to Coronavirus. Ghana’s contained spread has largely been down to the swift action of the government through lockdown of borders, quick dissemination of social distancing and good hygiene practices.
It is imperative Ghana does not rest on its laurels and stays ahead of the curve. Government, non-governmental organisations and citizens must all come together to ensure every single member of our society is ready and well equipped to protect themselves against this common enemy.
Achievers Ghana is playing its part to ensure residents within underserved communities in Greater Accra, Eastern Region and Ashanti Region get the attention they deserve. Our COVID-19 Response Initiative is configured to ensure community readiness in the face of the coronavirus with a 4 – pronged approach:
1. Community Sensitisation (in local languages)
The objective of this project is to ensure the vulnerable residents of Accra are well informed on COVID-19 preventive measures. Through this sensitisation we aim to flatten the curve in underserved areas. Through this project, community members will make informed decisions pertaining to their health.
2. Childhood literacy
With the disruption of all activity including the closure of schools it is imperative our pupils are engaged while at home. United Way Ghana is thus providing educational materials uniquely tailored towards educating pupils on COVID-19 prevention but also making sure they have ample material to keep them engaged academically.
3. Donation of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Providing vulnerable households and community clinics with PPEs which include face masks, soaps and hand sanitisers. These beneficiary households are identified as having little to no resources to protect their families during this period. With our intervention, many households will be able to protect their children and also preserve their careers by staying healthy.
We also aim at supporting the efforts of the local clinics by providing them with PPEs to keep our frontline workers in underserved communities protected from any potential exposure.
4. Donation of relief packages
There are parents and caregivers in some communities dependent on the school feeding program to provide their children with nutritious meals. However with schools closed and their meager salaries, they are unable to provide adequately for all their dependants. This donation provides them with relief packages containing food items such as gari, rice, milk, etc. to tide them during these challenging times.
OUR PARTNERS ARE
Our goal is simple. Reach as many households, in as many communities as possible. Through partnership with local and international community organizers we are ready to act. Yet, we cannot do this without you. Partner with us today by donating money or in-kind. Your money will go a long way towards supporting a marginalised individual or household and children in need during this time of great upheaval.
IMPACT SO FAR
Greater Accra- Nima East, Nima West, Kanda Ruga, Mamobi East, Mamobi West, Accra Newtown, Kotobabi, Alajo.
PPE and sanitary kit distribution and sensitisation: 1,320
Relief packages – 2,800
Children enrolled in literacy program: over 2,500
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?
LOCAL (WITHIN GHANA) MOMO Transfers at +233 0544512623 (MTN) – Achievers Ghana
Challenging tradition, Leading Change, Fighting for a better world. That is what the girls in Achievers Ghana are doing.
In the communities they come from, men have made the rules. Women and girls are often faced with violence, marginalisation and discrimination. In the worst cases, the birth of a bay girl has been a major disappointment – a boy is preferred.
But these girls have had enough. They are demanding change. These girls we are working with are proving that girls are capable of everything. They are continually inspiring us, not just on special days, but all year round. Let give girls the chance to lead.
Achievers Ghana on 23rd April, 2020 launched its COVID-19 Response Initiative in the area of children’s education which is in line with SDG 4 entitled COVID-19 Home Literacy Project with the objective of helping to sensitise deprived communities in local language to ensure the residences are well informed on COVID-19 preventive measures and with the disruption of all activities including closure of schools, it is imperative children in these deprived communities are engaged while at home with innovative ways of bridging their knowledge.
Achievers Ghana is reaching 2,500 children in these deprived communities of Greater Accra region and specifically in Nima/Mamobi and its surrounding communities with home literacy and providing them with educational materials uniquely tailored towards educating children on COVID-19 prevention but also making sure they have ample materials to keep them engaged academically.
Lacking basic reading and writing skills is a tremendous disadvantage. Literacy not only enriches an individual’s life, but it creates opportunities for people to develop skills that will help them provide for themselves and their families.
Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These nationwide closures are impacting over 90% of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized closures impacting millions of additional learners.
Ghana confirmed its first case of coronavirus on March 12 and has since reported a total of 1,550 infections and 11 deaths. In a bid to keep the rapidly spreading virus at bay, the government has announced a series of sweeping measures including banning mass gatherings and shutting down all borders and schools. But the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the stark regional, social and economic inequalities in Ghana’s educational system.
Closing schools indefinitely has long been the reality for many high school pupils in slum communities of Nima and Mamobi of Greater Accra region, where educational facilities operate with limited infrastructure compared to those in well planned communities. This has often manifested in basic schools’ inability to resume classes on time due to a shortage of teachers, delays in feeding grants and a lack of building facilities which, on occasions, have resulted in children having to stay out of schools.
Almost all pupils and students who are kept out of the classroom by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Nima and Mamobi communities do not have access to a household computer and have no internet at home, at a time when digitally based distance learning is used to ensure educational continuity. Even teachers in these slum communities do not have access to reliable information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and household connectivity thus the rapid transition to online learning has been very challenging.
“Children are the hidden victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns and school closures are affecting their education…” Henrietta H. Fore.
Recognizing that knowledge gap and need to help address the situation, Achievers Ghana on Thursday April, 23rd launched the Home Literacy project in Nima and Mamobi Slum Communities of greater Accra region, the project mainly aimed at providing young learners within the target area with grade appropriate learning materials in order to reduce the impact of the pandemic on their education. Contents of the learning materials is centred on the precautionary measures of the novel virus. Passionate team members of Achievers Ghana and volunteers will be engaged with children using a participatory and (edutainment) approach. The team and volunteers will visit about 100 households and engages with 2,500 children on weekly bases.
32 girls from Al-Waleed Comprehensive Basic School at Kanda Ruga in the East Ayawaso Constituency Ghana benefited from One Day Workshop on Life Skills organized by Achievers Ghana with the support from Global Fund for Children.
The 4 hour one day training workshop for girls aged 10-16 involved activities such as awareness of rights and responsibilities, informed about social and political issues, concerned about the welfare of others and able to clearly articulate their opinions and arguments.
During the training, the girls were able to identify differing and opposing views and express their own opinion on what is fair and unfair in different situation. The aim of the workshop is to teach girls how to participate actively in various decision making processes.
Achievers Ghana in collaboration with Women In Debate, University of Ghana – Legon Chapter marked the International Women Day with the introduction of basic Arduino Uno Technology to 320 girls at Ayarifa Presbyterian Basic School in Accra on 7th March, 2020.
Supporting the Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. The program is based on hand-on workshops and activities on Arduino Uno using the Breadboard, Jumper Wires and LED to create a prototype traffic light. It was really an interesting and educative as that event is the first of its kind to many girls in that community.
Girls and young women have the potential not only to become ICT users, but also to become ICT creators. And the good news is that jobs as ICT creators often offer higher salaries and lower gender-based pay gaps than in other fields.
Achievers Ghana in partnership with Women In debate organized this event to commemorate the International Women’s Day to encourage girls to pursue ICT careers. This event is supported and sponsored by Global Fund for Children.