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Ghana Scavenger Hunt

Yaa vs. Yaw


Guys versus girls – may the best team win. You have until the end of our trip (last night at hotel) to find as many of the scavenger hunt items as possible. You MUST have proof of an item in order to check it off of your list. If your proof is in the form of a photo (and most of them will), you MUST respect the people and ask for the photo (most will say yes). You do not have to have all the proofs on the same camera to win – it’s a total team effort.

  • T-Shirt with American geographic location

  • Biggest thing on someone’s head

  • Eat snail

  • Picture of a real cacao pod

  • A product with Arnold Schwarzenegger on it

  • A kids who can open a bottle with his/her teeth

  • Play “ampe”

  • A baby carrying a baby – youngest kid wins

  • Closest to a monkey (without getting rabies)

  • Drink three flavors of Fanta

  • A kid with a homemade toy

  • Someone riding a donkey

  • Kid with a machete

  • Funniest store front title

  • Worst grammatical American English sentence

  • Baobab Tree

  • Tro-tro with Bible scripture on it

  • Try a Fan-Choco

  • Biggest ant hill

  • Learn the Azonto

  • Possible tie-breaker – most photos of opposite team sleeping on the bus

Lesson 2 – Global Giving Projects

"Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself."

-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Read: Seven Global Giving Projects

Task: Cedi Santa Swap - Each student will get 5 GHS to spend for the day. This “gift” money must be spent on something for the evening’s “Cedi Santa Swap.” Buy something interesting, funny, or nice, but it must be under the 5 GHS limit. Birthday boy gets to go last.

Reflect: What project most interests you? Why?


Discuss: Hypotheticals – What would you do? An introduction to the cultural dilemmas of international travel.

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Eight Global Giving Projects


Global Giving is a non-profit that connects donors with global grassroots projects around the world to make a high impact. Donors can choose projects based on country or theme or organizations. Below are just a few of the current projects that donors can choose from in Ghana.

Support Women And Girls In Ghana


Summarysupport women and girls in ghana

The mission of WomensTrust is to empower women and girls in Ghana through micro-enterprise, education, and healthcare, and to inspire others to do the same elsewhere. Our project: supports women in low-income communities to achieve sustainable incomes through microenterprise; provides scholarships to girls who otherwise cannot afford to stay in school to complete their educations and provides access to basic healthcare coverage and education for our clients and their families.



What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Most of our clients make their living in the informal economy as hairdressers, bakers, seamstresses, and small traders, selling goods from tables and small kiosks or carrying them from place to place. With WomensTrust capital, they are able to increase or diversify their inventories. They can buy in bulk, decreasing their time away from work traveling to buy supplies.



How will this project solve this problem?

We believe the climb out of poverty cannot be maintained by access to credit alone. In our model, the key to long-term economic growth is to integrate education and access to healthcare with the micro-lending program to achieve sustainability.



Potential Long Term Impact

Our agenda is to share our knowledge and our access to resources in order to encourage economic growth and sustainability.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $87,180


Remaining Goal to be Funded: $12,820

Empower Marginalized Young Women In Ghana



Summary

The products we make are an act of transformation. Plastic turned fabric, glass turned beads, white cloth turned colorful batik. It's poverty turned dignity, abandonment turned hope, neglect turned empowerment. That's why we call it the fabric of change. We invite you to be a part of it.



What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

ABAN was founded in 2010 to create a solution to two issues plaguing Accra, Ghana: the 60 tons of plastic waste that end up on the streets of every day and the 30,000 children that sleep on these same streets.



How will this project solve this problem?

In our holistic school-based program, marginalized women turned apprentices develop their seamstress skills to transform hand-dyed fabric and up-cycled plastic sachets into handmade bags, wallets and aprons simultaneously taking classes. They receive the tools necessary to practice a trade, make a living and become self-reliant leaders of their communities. Each girl graduates from ABAN with over $200 USD and the skills to use it wisely to provide herself and her child with a brighter future.



Potential Long Term Impact

Our mission at ABAN isn't just to sponsor girls. Our mission is to empower these girls to change their lives and their environment in order to provide a better future for themselves and their children. These women are offered hope and a future. After graduating our two-year program, these women are able to give back to their community and help pull other women out of the cycle of poverty. Our goal is the restoration of girls living in harmony with their community.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $30,196


Remaining Goal to be Funded: $69,804
Total Funding Goal: $100,000

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Empowering Communities To Fight Child Trafficking – Challenging Heights



Summaryempowering communities to fight child trafficking

Child trafficking is common in coastal communities in Ghana. A lack of awareness sees children taken to the freshwater fishing sector where they are enslaved. Our project provides the training, mentoring and support systems to enable communities to prevent child trafficking, as well as to help advocate for system changing solutions. In this way, communities will be empowered to take ownership of the fight against child trafficking.



What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Ghanaian coastal communities where child trafficking is common, lack of awareness around the issues is often the cause. As a result, child traffickers take advantage of parents and manipulate cultural practices in order to purchase children. The children are then sold to fishermen on Lake Volta, where they are enslaved in the small scale fishing sector. As fishing slaves, trafficked children are denied their rights and suffer great physical and psychological abuse.



How will this project solve this problem?

Communities will be educated on issues of child trafficking and facilitated to understand the importance of child rights. The use of a number of participatory tools will build communities' confidence to take ownership of stopping child trafficking. Communities will then be trained in implementing a number of relevant child protection systems. With the knowledge, confidence and appropriate systems, communities will prevent incidents of child trafficking and become advocates for child rights.



Potential Long Term Impact

In empowering communities to have ownership of the fight against child trafficking, structural impediments that allow for child trafficking must be overcome. Source communities will not only be given the knowledge, confidence and systems to prevent incidences of child trafficking.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,021


Remaining Goal to be Funded: $45,979
Total Funding Goal: $50,000

Outreach Eye Camps In Ghana



outreach eye camps in ghana

Summary

An outreach eye camp will screen between 200 and 500 patients and restore sight to approximately 20 to 50 people in Ghana through cataract surgery.



What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Available statistics indicate that 200,000 Ghanaians are completely blind while an additional 600,000 are visually impaired. Seventy-five percent of this blindness is avoidable. (Source: Ghana Eye Foundation, December 2005). An outreach eye camp will restore sight to approximately 50 people in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Since 2009 the HCP has sponsored 35 remote outreach eye camps in Ghana.



How will this project solve this problem?

A team from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana will travel to a remote site, screen patients for cataracts and perform free surgery to those who need it.



Potential Long Term Impact

Blindness is debilitating, particularly in the developing world. This project will help restore sight to 1500 individuals in the Ashanti region of Ghana. With their sight regained, they will return to work and contribute to their families income.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,855


Remaining Goal to be Funded: $13,145
Total Funding Goal: $15,000

Help Bring Clean Water to 5000 People In Twifu



help bring clean water to 5000 people in twifu


Summary

Improve health and reduce poverty levels in sixteen communities by constructing 20 hand-dug wells fitted with pumps, and to build four KVIP toilets in schools to improve sanitation and reduce disease in Twifu.



What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The main problem of the identified project communities is poor health of the people. In the absence of portable water supply and sanitation facilities in the project communities, the rate of death associated with the ten most common diseases, which are preventable, has increased steadily in the last five years. Infant mortality rate is presently high. Seven out of every ten deaths result from diseases such as Malaria, Severe Diarrhoea and Upper Respiratory Track infection.



How will this project solve this problem?

To solve the present problems, the proposed project's main goal is to increase health awareness on personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness, including other preventable diseases through public education in the sixteen identified project communities.



Potential Long Term Impact

The project will improve the quality of life for people, and reduce poverty, morbidity and medical expenses. Clean water will be made available, as well as good hygiene awareness to 5000 people of the project communities.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $22,732


Remaining Goal to be Funded: $51,269
Total Funding Goal: $74,000

E-Coaching And Support For Young Entrepreneurs



Summary

Unemployment is one of the most serious problems facing the African continent, affecting especially the youth who cover close to between 60% and 70% of the continents population. The response of the Association of African Entrepreneurs is to educate and provide a range of services to enrich the lives of young entrepreneurs



What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Young African entrepreneurs CAN be an essential component of Africa's wealth creation. They could help grow prosperity in African communities . They CAN be part of the solution to alleviating poverty. They are a vital piece of a puzzle that cannot be completed by government and international NGOs alone. However, for young entrepreneurs to achieve this success it is necessary to foster a productive space: one in which information is freely available and cooperation is widespread and encouraged.



How will this project solve this problem?

AAE is partnering with all territorial actors in designing new and durable solutions to the youth employment challenge by offering local support and E-Coaching Programs. Current actors include the Youth Employment Network (YEN), Zidisha Microfinance, UN Online Volunteering Program among others.



Potential Long Term Impact

These variety of support and co-operation activities could help businesses grow, compete, and internationalize : empowering young entrepreneurs to contributes to Africa's social and economic development on a long-term basis.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $960


Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,520
Total Funding Goal: $10,480

Save 1000 Children At Risk From Malaria In Ghana.



Summarysave 1000 children at risk from malaria in ghana.

Hoops Care International (HCI) prevents Malaria among children by education and distribution of nets and medication. We use basketball as a medium to grab the attention of children in schools, orphanages and communities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Children in Ghana today still face the threath of Malaria on a daily basis. Many of them come from families who do not have the resources to stay free of malaria and do not take the appropriate measures to avoid mosquito bites. While hanging around on the streets during evening times, they are greatly at risk. HCI reaches out to children in their communities as we always do with the game of basketball. Having the kids attention, the Malaria workshops have the maximum effect.



How will this project solve this problem?

Hoops Care International grabs the attention of less advantaged children with the attractive sport of basketball. The sport teaches them many life skills and motivates them above all. This way, they tend to be more sensitive to our Malaria workshops.



Potential Long Term Impact

HCI benificaries have evidently shown to do better in the fields we educate them on. Now, in our project tackling Malaria, we trust on our method to save children with a cricitcal risk at Malaria on a long term basis.



Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $310


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