A Memorable Visit

Meeting and hearing from individual role models that girls can relate to is invaluable in sparking their interest in various careers.

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Achievers Ghana had the privileged of meeting Mr. Rob Short, a technician working on kindle devices in USA to interact with our girls.

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It was really inspirational moment as the girls asked very intriguing  questions which was also met and followed by motivational answers from our visitor.

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Surprisingly, both educational and career questions were asked by these young girls. As Mr. Short in his own statement said  ” I was so impressed by the young girls ability and enthusiasm and also how welcoming they are. I thought their questions were thoughtful and addressed important issues”.

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This is one of the testimony from Mr. Short which show that a slum girl has the ability and many potentials to lead and contribute meaning to the development of her community and the country at large when giving the needed support and attention.

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The visitor was entertained with a beautiful and wonderful reading from the Worldreader kindle device by the girls. As reading is now a culture to Achievers Ghana we cannot do without it.

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This visit by Mr. Rob Short was made possible by Yolanda Naa of Worldreader Ghana and our profound gratitude goes to her for making this possible. Achievers Ghana  and the girls are so fortunate to host such an inspirational man. The girls were really inspired and will never forget this day. Thank you so much for your wonderful time and we hope to see you some other time again.

 

A visit to the Great Castles

We believe that one way of making a girl child from the slum community phenomenal is to give her the opportunity to explore, experience,img_20160811_104054 appreciate different environment and cultural backgrounds.

The girls had an exciting opportunity to visit the two great Castles in Ghana, Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle. Many of these girls have never traveled outside the slum communities of Nima and Maamobi.

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They were taking through the dungeons and were told about the historical happenings during the slave trade era.  These girls were touched emotionally. Some could not even make it to certain places out of fear. Some shared tears as they thought of the situations during the time. They put themselves into the situation then.

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End Early and Forced Marriages Now!

Achievers Ghana in collaboration with Center for Development Initiative (CDI) as part of their core objectives in ensuring the safety and protection of a girl child, organised a community awareness campaign on the theme “End Child Marriage Now – The role of religious and opinion leaders and parents in ending child marriages in our communities”

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This campaign which was organised at Maamobi Community Center (CYC) on the 19th of August, 2016 attracted both parents, Imams, opinion leaders as well as children. The main objective of the campaigned is to sensitize stakeholders in our communities in helping to end early and forced marriages.

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Child marriage is very common in our various communities. Child marriage is a union in which one or both partners involved are below 18 years.  The effect on girl’s education, health and economic prospect are severe.  The Director of CDI, Mr Alexis gave the introductory remarks explaining the dangers and effects of this social menace. He reiterated his commitment in ensuring an effective collaboration with other organisations in the war against early and forced marriages within our communities.

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On his part, The Imam of Maamobi Chamba Community, Imam Hussein Abdul Rahman, in explaining the role of Islamic religion and issues of girl child marriage made the audience to understand that Islam do not encourage early and forced marriage but rather individuals who indulge in such an act do so in the name of tradition and culture and not Islam. He advised parents and guardians to desist from such an act and help their female children to have the needed skills in education to help them face the challenges in the contemporary world.

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Video documentary on the consequences of early and forced  marriages were showed to allowed the audience to have a feel on the dangers of putting a girl child into early marriages.img_20160819_171205

Other activities such as poetry recital and drama on dangers of early and forced marriages by the young girls of Achievers were performed to give more messages to the audience. A drama on the “Plight of a girl Child” caught emotional attention of the audiences as they watch with much attention what is actually happening in our various communities regarding forced marriages.

ACHIEVERS AT “BREAKING THE MYTH” CONCERT

A youth and drama concert Titled” Breaking the Myth” made up of children from three organizations in the Greater Accra region Sunday night held music and poetry lovers spellbound with a performance which many say can pitch the amateurs against their mentors in any future battle for honours. 5The program was held at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons auditorium at Ridge. The program was coordinated and organized by Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, Wife of the Vice President. Together with children aged between six to fourteen years who played; with such brilliance that it was difficult to distinguish which of the groups did well.

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The Program was planned: to provide an unforgettable Music Festival and drama for the unlucky children – was realized in more than 3 hours of hard work joy and happiness.

Addressing the audience, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur said she has been working hard to contribute to the improvement of the welfare of children through her own initiative. She said her aim is to help them increase access to Education through a lot of initiatives like the choral concert and drama. She said this would make the children know that they are not forgotten but can make it. “Children are the future leaders, and I am someone who believes in growing with the young generation in the area of Education,” she’s always stated. Mrs. Amissah Arthur’s primary objective is to help improve the lives and well-being of the youth and the less privileged members of the society.

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Some of the personalities who graced the occasion were the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Dr. Alfred OKoe Vanderpuije, Accra Mayor, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhene of Essikado, The Omanhene of Eastern Nzema, Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli III, The Parish Priest of the Christ the King Catholic Church in Accra, Reverend Father Andrew Campbell and the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong. This made the children very happy because they are being recognized.

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The participating organizations were Achievers Ghana based in Nima ,Kinder Paradise Ghana based in Prampram and  Basics based in Chokorkor.

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10 scholarships for Ramadan Fundraising Campaign

Alhamdulillah, we are truly blessed to have reached another month in which our good deeds are multiplied manifold. This year 36 of our girls will graduate JHS. If they are to continue their education, we need to be able to support them with scholarships for SHS.

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Our goal for Ramadan is to raise Gh¢ 10,000 (Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis). This will provide scholarships for at least 10 of these girls. A generous donor has also committed to match any funds raised by 100%, meaning that if we can get enough donations we could possibly fund a total of 20 scholarships.

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Will you help us achieve our Ramadan fundraising goal?

Any amount donated will help. Please be generous. Think about the benefit you can bring to these young and deprived children. Think about the reward you will have with Allah (swt). The Prophet (saws) said: “The best charity is that given in Ramadan. [At-Tirmithi]. We look forward to your support.

Please you can make your DONATION through MTN Mobile Money @ 0544512623

You can also visit any branch of Sahel Sahara Bank in Ghana and make your DONATION and for International transfer through information below:

Account Name: Achievers Ghana Education          Account Number: 1161043243801

Correspondence Bank Name: Ghana International Bank plc. London

Correspondence Bank BIC:     GHIBGB21

                                           May the blessings of Allah (swt) be with you.

Worldreader Expands E-Library at Achievers

In November 2014 Worldreader launched the first community E-Library in West Africa at Achievers Ghana. 25 e-reader devices with 120 books each.

Since then the girls at Achievers have been using the devices intensively to read books at home. However, with only 25 devices shared between almost 300 girls usage had to be restricted to only a few days a month per girl. Even so, some of the girls managed to read all 120 books several times over the past year.

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Achievers is therefore extremely grateful that Worldreader, with the support of a generous anonymous donor, has chosen to expand our e-library with another 25 devices taken the total up to 50. The new devices also carry a large number of new books for the girls to read.

On the 29th of January, the launch took place at Achievers in the presence Worldreader, Project Abroad – Ghana, local assembly members, other supporters and over 120 of the girls. The girls read stories from the devices and performed poetry and a  sketch (drama).

Achievers is extremely grateful to Worldreader and the donor for this wonderful contribution to improve the lives of our slum girls.

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If you would like to support this programme or any other of the Achievers programmes, please contact Amadu Mohammed (mail@achieversghana.org). 

Achievers Ghana on CCTV Africa News

Teaching girls in the slums to use technology to advocate, connect and increase awareness of key issues affecting them will constantly help change their well-being for better. It will also inspire, educate and equip a girl child in a slum community with the computer skills.

Achievers Ghana Coding program believes to close the gender gap in technology in the country by giving computer skills to girls in the slums. We have to inspire a slum girl to pursue computer science.

Our vision is to reach gender parity in computer fields. We believe this is paramount to ensure the economic prosperity of slum girls, families and communities across the slums in the country and to equip citizens with the 21st century tools for innovation and social change. More girls exposed to computer science at a younger age will lead to more women working in the technology and engineering fields.

Achievers Ghana Coding program is making an impact in the slums. The program is attracting more individuals and organizations to witness the wonderful things girls are making in the Ghana slums. This week visitors are Mark Naftalin and his lady colleague. They are freelance journalist and usually report to international media. It was interesting and educative as the girls learn how to blog this week. We need your kind support to make this program a success. Donate now!!

 

Global Fund for Children (GFC)Sponsors Achievers Ghana

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What a delight it was for the deprived girls in the  Ghana slums when they learnt that, Global Fund for Children (GFC) included Achievers Ghana into their grant sponsorship list. This means more deprived girls will have access to quality education.

GFC is a Global organisation which work to advance the dignity of children worldwide. It’s mission is by making small grant to innovative community based organisations working with many of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth.

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Akwaba!  Akwaba!! Akwaba !!! Global Fund for Children.

 

Achievers coding class for girls in the slums of Ghana

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This is a coding class, organised by the Achievers Ghana of Nima. About 80 girls attend in this classroom on the first floor of the local mosque.

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Girls being taught HTML and how to make web pages. Achievers also aims to give these girls a voice which they’re expressing through websites and blogs.

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Resources are hard to come by – so most of the class is taught on paper. Electricity is also a problem, as there are regular blackouts. There are a couple of laptops, which the girls crowd around to practice their skills.

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The mostly Muslim girls come from far and wide to Achievers each day to get training in a number of courses, including coding.

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This coding class was originally started with the help of local NGO Tech Needs Girls, founded by several successful female coders. As well as teaching coding, they’ve also brought mentors to meet the girls.

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Amadu Mohammed used to work in a bank. Now he runs the Achievers Ghana. It was set up in 2011 by a young girl called Amina. At the age of 12 she was saved from being forced into a child marriage thanks to Amadu, who at the time was giving children in Nima extra lessons.

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Nima is one of the largest and poorest districts in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. It suffers from inadequate infrastructure and services.

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Rasheeda’s grandmother wants her to be educated, but doesn’t have the money to send her to school, so she sees the Achievers club as a gift from God.

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Amina Ismail in Senior High School

IMG-20160118-WA0002After struggling with setbacks in basic education due to early and force marriage, Amina Ismail, Co-founder of Achievers Ghana, had finally made it to the Senior High School.

Amina graduated Rising Sun Montessori school, which supported her with a scholarship, in July with aggregate grade of 11. After a long allocation wait she finally received placement in SHS (Senior High School).

Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Nifa Senior High School where Amina is currently studying. With a strong passion to become a journalist, Amina never quits studying.

“I want to become journalist so that I can help expose those who treats girls and women badly and help to defend women and girls rights” said Amina.

To support her through SHS, Amina has received a full scholarship from a generous donor.

If you interested in sponsoring a scholarship for one of Achievers girls, please contact: Amadu Mohammed (mail@achieversghana.org)

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