More than 130 additional scholarships for girls in 2014

2014 was a year of substantial growth for the Achievers. With the help of our generous donors and supporters, large and small, we were able to provide an additional 136 scholarships for girls from the Nima slum community, so they are able to attend school.

The total number of scholarships provided by the Achievers at the end of 2014 exceeded 200. That represents more than 200 girls who are able to attend school and develop to their full potential. But in 2015 we aim to do more. Much more.

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Some of the girls who received scholarships from the Achievers in 2014

To all our partners: organizations, companies and individuals who contributed in so many ways to help us accomplish our goals we say:

Me daa si, Thank you, Dank je wel,  Na gode! 

RisingSun Montessori, MTN hero of change, Projects Abroad, Tech Needs Girls, WorldreaderOasis Capital, CircumspecteRayuwa Foundation,  Alcatel-LucentJazi Foundation, Munipa Foundation,  Nick Beesley and many more, 

We are extremely grateful, and as we begin 2015, look forward to furthering these partnerships.

Founder of Circumspecte visits Achievers

On 5th of January we were honoured to have Jemila Abdulai,  founder of Circumspecte, spend the evening with the girls. Circumspecte contributed significantly towards our fundraising activities last year by organizing the Circumspecte 2014 Ramadan Fundraiser. Thanks to this , 7 new girls received scholarships to go to school.

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On Monday, Jemila met the girls for the first time, engaging them in a question and answer forum. She shared her own experiences as a young muslim woman and a prolific writer. Naturally, the girls had a ton of questions.

As co-founder Amina always says, ” It’s hard changing mentalities in the community when we do not have women who have made it through education.”

Achievers Ghana is always grateful for opportunities such as this!

Alcatel – Lucent visits Achievers Ghana

This November we were able to host volunteers from Alcatel – Lucent through a collaboration with tech needs girls.

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The event themed ” You can also make it!” was a platform for these volunteers to share real life experiences with our girls, mentor and motivate them. Alcatel – Lucent also provided training to our girls on how to set up email accounts, use these accounts, as well as, general internet usage.

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It was truly another incredible day where our girls were greatly inspired!

This year we have been privileged to have several organizations provide mentorship, leadership and technical training for our girls: Projects Abroad, Tech Needs Girls, Curious minds,  Rayuwa Foundation, Worldreader, and now Alcatel -Lucent. We are very grateful to all and look forward to even more of these programs in the upcoming year!!!

Muhina (13 yrs) starts school for the very first time

It’s stories like Muhina’s that inspire us to continue doing what we do: ensuring that girls in slum communities are equally empowered through education.

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13-year-old Muhina Sullaman was enrolled for the very first time in school this November by Achievers Ghana. Muhina, who is starting at Primary 2 with her younger sister Zakiya (9 years), is now learning to spell her name – for the very first time. Regardless,  Muhina is extremely determined to succeed at her new school, Ibrahimiya Primary School, and, undoubtedly, she will!

Achievers Ghana is pleased that we are able to sponsor girls like Muhina in school; able to give opportunities that will propel these girls far; able to prevent incidences of early marriage and pregnancy typical in such lives. Today, we are even more pleased that parents like Muhina’s are now asking for our help because they clearly see how relevant girl-child education is.

Thanks to all our donors for collectively enabling over 170 girls this year remain in school. As we plan for 2015,  we  hope for your continued support in order for us to continue to grow steadily and make even bigger impact.

Forced and early marriages in Ghana

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The “voices of youth manifesto” is calling for the government to design and implement strategies to prohibit forced and early marriages among young women in the country. Taking appropriate actions to eliminate this worse form of discrimination and violence against girls and young women affects their full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Read more here. Credit – John Obuaba

Achievers Ghana interacts with parents

Today, Achievers Ghana met with over 60 parents from the community. The goal was to discuss objectives for the upcoming year, 2015, with the parents, who are all key stakeholders in the organization. Parents were very grateful to be part of these discussions.  Mallam Alhassan urged all to support Achievers in accomplishing these objectives, adding that God only helps those who help themselves.

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We are looking forward to yet another exciting year!

A trip to the Kakum National Park

It was another exciting Saturday for the 60 Achievers who visited the Kakum National Park in Ghana’s Central Region last weekend. Since inception of Achievers Ghana, excursions have been a core activity aimed at expanding the horizon of girls and awareness of life outside the community. This was our second trip to the National park and we are extremely grateful to RisingSun Montessori for donating their buses to make this possible.

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As girls made it up all 7 levels of the rather intimidating Kakum canopy walk, it was a mixture of excitement and nervousness.  But they made it!

Worldreader launches e-library program at Achievers

As if sponsoring over 150 girls this school year isn’t enough success story for Achievers, Worldreader’s very first community based e-library program in Ghana has been launched at Achievers. This is not just a library but one that holds 2,500 books (both local and international) on 25 e-readers! Worldreader currently runs e-reader programs in 10 African countries; Achievers will be their 14th program in Ghana, and the first e-library in West Africa.

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The entire community was here to witness and share in this significant milestone in Achievers’ history. Besides parents and siblings, Imam Hussein and Chief Mustapha Iddriss were also here to grace the ceremony. Other invited guests included Jazi Foundation, Cindy & Omar Sherif Captan, Henry Malm and, of course, Worldreader.

IMG_6955As our dear Amina describes in her welcome address We formed Achievers because we didn’t want any girl to ever go through what happened to me. Though Achievers started as an idea, we believed in it, we fought for it, and now, we are ACHIEVING it.  Today, thanks to  Worldreader, we are launching the first community based e-library program in Ghana, right here.”

“I am proud to be a part of this moment,” says Robert Boogaard (co-founder of Jazi Foundation) as he cuts the ribbon to officially inaugurate the e-library. “This marks a partnership between two very wonderful organizations: Achievers Ghana and Worldreader”.

IMG_7057It’s been a very exciting few days for the girls, especially the 16 mentors who have been fully trained by Worldreader, Amadu Mohammad (Achievers Ghana Director) and Iddriss Mohammad to manage and run the library program.

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These mentors have  also had the opportunity to sensitize and show their entire community including their parents and siblings how important this library is going to be. Achievers Ghana is undoubtedly going  to set the standards for all future e-libraries in Ghana!

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Thank you Worldreader; Thank you Thacher Family; We will forever be grateful! – say the girls

Achievers Book Club on National TV

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Today ABC appeared on GTV’s famous Breakfast show to discuss how slum communities can be transformed through circular education. We were invited as a result of our work and success in promoting girl-child education in the Nima-Maamobi community. Amadu Mohammad (co-founder) and Rashida Abubakar represented on the show, which was ultimately a great opportunity to share not only our successes but challenges in this endeavor.

Thank you GTV and producers of the Breakfast show for this opportunity!

 

Achievers partners with Projects Abroad for Leadership and Empowerment Program

In partnership with Projects Abroad, a leadership and empowerment program is being launched at Achievers to mentor our girls.  Activities are held in sessions every Tuesday to Thursday from 9am -12 pm. The first batch of 20 students graduated from the leadership program today. It was an amazing experience for the girls and we truly appreciate the partnership and support of Projects Abroad. IMG-20140920-WA0023 The next session will continue next week as more of our girls are trained to be leaders through the program.