"Wooo, you go!"
"Well done Rachel "
"Love you Rach! Keep making a difference in the world :)"
"In Honor of Thanksgiving...And those who have less"
Join me in supporting real change. Help us create greater opportunity for rural children and their families.
When I think of Akaa, I think of my first moment entering the village and how welcomed I felt. Immediately upon getting off the tro-tro, we were greeted and welcomed by the villagers. Before I knew it, several shockingly strong children grabbed our luggage, put it atop their heads, and led the way up the hills. This gesture of humility and gratitude is the embodiment of the villagers and their values; people who will always go the extra mile without asking for anything in return. This is the essence of Akaa.
The Akaa Project's ability to work so deeply in rural communities is because of our people - our teachers, our staff, and our children. While they are in the classroom everyday, they are also leading village development, advising a community on the value of education, and inspiring children to dream big.
This Local People, Greater Potential Campaign is about sustaining and investing in our people in Ghana so that we will have stronger programs and create greater opportunities for children and families in the Akaa community. As we look at how the Akaa Project will expand in the next two years, our teachers will also have expanded roles. They will take on greater outreach activities in other schools and villages, increasing the number of children and families we work with.
We believe in the power of local voices and local people to be changemakers in their own communities. Our people have better insights in the rural context because they live it, they grew up in it, and now, they are part of changing it. They can navigate the bush paths, point out the movers and shakers in a village, and know the best times to hold community wide meetings. It's not easy to learn those things! What can be learned is how to type an email, what monitoring and evaluation is, and best practices for child-centered learning. Our staff have not had the opportunity for this type of growth, until now.
We are raising $20,000, to be used over 2 years, to strengthen the skills of our dedicated people and build capacity in the communities we work in. In these two years, our people will learn important proficiencies and skills such as first aid, financial management and accounting, and computers, as well as problem solving and effective communication. Funds will be used for individual and group trainings, professional mentorship, and other support costs. These activities have a direct impact on what our program outcomes will be – how many children have access to quality education, how many adults become literate, how many families will make informed healthcare decisions, how many people will maximize their land production to better provide for their families.
Our people have the desire to learn and the commitment to better the lives of thousands in their community. Whatever we invest in our people, they will give back to those around them. We invite you to join us in our quest to help inspire those who will inspire.