GHEI’s mission is to enable communities in our district in rural Ghana to improve their children’s health, education and opportunities by building local capacity and providing resources and support. We believe that to invest in an individual is to empower a community. Through GHEI’s programs, children gain the opportunity to realize their potential as healthy, educated young people and lead their communities out of poverty.
Here are a few of our programs and the impact that your donation can have.
Since 2005, our Scholarship Program has awarded 72 scholarships to deserving students who would otherwise not be able to attend senior high school. In Ghana, high school is not universal and many students find it extremely difficult to pay their fees, which are often over 50% of the family’s annual income. Our program boasts a 98% retention rate and several former scholarship students have continued their education at the tertiary level. By donating the full $900, you will enable a child to attend all three years of high school and receive regular updates on that child’s progress toward a brighter future. If you donate less, your efforts will be added to pooled funds and will still benefit the scholarship scheme. The deadline for Scholarship funding is September 15th. To donate specifically to the scholarship fund, please type SCHOLARSHIP in the comments section of the donation form.
Our Malaria Prevention Program has benefitted more than 5,000 people through bednet distribution and in-home support and education. After a blanket distribution in one of our communities in 2007, bednet usage went up from 29% to 97% in one year, and after five years, 81% of individuals had slept under a bednet the night before. A donation of $25 enables GHEI to deliver mosquito nets with one-on-one education and follow-up visits for a whole family.
GHEI’s Youth Education Program offers supplemental classes and tutoring for junior high school students in preparation for their standardized Basic Education Certification Examination. With the onset of the program, student pass rates in our community have increased from 4% to 98% for girls and from 24% to 99% overall.
Our Humjibre Community Library boasts a collection of over 5,500 books with a special emphasis on storybooks and African authored books. Open 27 hours a week, the library provides students and adults a quiet, rich-text environment to study and improve their literacy skills. A donation of $50 enables GHEI to purchase 10 culturally relevant books for the Humjibre Community Library.
Please visit our website www.ghei.org to learn more about our comprehensive health and education programming. Focusing our programs on the youth, we can offer them the tools they need to grow, succeed and develop their communities. Thank you for your interest and support.