Annie DAmato via Crowdrise
August 01, 2011
Abena Kwabena Academy is located in Achiase, a small village in the country of Ghana. The school was started by two brothers that were born in the village as a way to give back to the children of their community. Abena Kwabena Academy teaches children ages 3-15 and provides year–round education in the fields of math, English, science, reading,creative arts and computer sciences. The brothers’ vision reaches beyond comprehensive curriculum to include smaller class sizes, a school lunch program, better teachers, and a 100% pass rate on the national tests required to enter high school.
I became associated with Abena Kwabena Academy through my aunt and cousin who are family friends with one of the brothers- Paul Gyamfi. They both spent time teaching at the school and had always encouraged me to do the same. In the Fall of 2009, three months after graduating college, three friends and I spent three months teaching in the school and helping with an after school tutoring program. I returned to the school in January of 2011 for another 6 weeks, taking another group of eager volunteers with me.
Recently my friends and I started a scholarship fund to extend the opportunity of a better education to children within the village whose families are unable to afford to send then to school. Donations can be allocated to meet a wide variety of needs, all of which are incredibly valuable to bettering the lives of the children of Achiase. Last fall we were able to raise about $2,000.00 and are looking to raise even more in 2011.
Donations to the scholarship fund go towards paying for the children's school fees, as well as helping to provide the books, uniforms, and supplies required for them to reach their goals and succeed.