Destination Ghana: THE KPANDO PROJECT

LocationKpando Village

Kpando is located in the mountainous Volta Region of Ghana. It is near the northeastern arm of Lake Volta and the Togo border.

Our first project will be focused in the small, rural village of Kpando. Kpando suffers from lack of community as well as infrastructure and economic development and has a disproportionate number of orphaned children due to unsanitary living conditions, lack of established health care and HIV/AIDS.

PROJECT COORDINATOREdward Asamany

Edward Asamany serves as onevillage's Program Director in Ghana and is responsible for implementing our development model for The Kpando Project.

Edward has dedicated his life to working with the people of Ghana and in his long and distinguished career he has held a wide variety of social welfare positions.

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After graduating from the University of Ghana with a degree in social administration he worked closely with some of Ghana's most impoverished communities, primarily with at-risk youth.

His administrative experience includes serving as the headmaster of a correctional school in Ghana working with children with social issues, as a regional director supervising field social workers, as director of the OSU Children's Home, and as a supervisor for regional orphanages.

Edward has spent time living in Minnesota and Oklahoma as part of an exchange learning program for social workers and currently lives in the small village of Fesi, about a mile away from Kpando, with his wife Lucy. Lucy is the founder of the Kpando Pottery Shed—a pottery cooperative for local female ceramic artists.

We are extremely lucky to have Edward on board and believe that his vast experience working within Ghana's different communities is a perfect fit for onevillage. His enthusiasm, quiet determination and dedication to onevillage is incredible and his continued work on the ground is invaluable.

Project goals

Assist village orphans with funds for sustainable farming initiatives.

  • Support Ryvanz-Mia Childcare through the development of a
    sustainable agriculture projectOur first initiative in Kpando, started in the fall of 2011, focuses on helping Ryvanz-Mia orphanage develop and cultivate farmland in order to provide a sustainable food source for the orphanage.

    We work with consultants to teach best practices for farming and fund crop cultivation so the children do not have to work and can attend school, but at the same time we believe in the importance of teaching the children where their food comes from. This initiative directly ties into community development by providing employment to others in the village as seasonal agricultural labor.

    Within the next two years we expect the project to provide a self-sustaining source of revenue for the orphanage. Working together with Ryvanz-Mia, we identified food sourcing as its single largest expense, and by providing a sustainable option for food production, the orphanage will be able to better meet its other financial obligations including school fees and general maintenance of the orphanage.

Volta Health Initiative

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to provide healthcare to residents of Kpando living with limited or inadequate access to primary care.The action plan for the Volta Health Initiative has been completed and we expect to launch the programs in late 2013. Read more about the VHI here.

Create a community center as a central hub for new economic, educational and social initiatives

  • Create a Kpando Community CenterWe expect to finalize the purchase of land for our first community center in early 2013 and plan on breaking ground shortly thereafter. The Community Center will host educational programs including adult literacy classes (the adult literacy rate is a mere 47%), will act as a storefront for women's cooperatives and other local business owners, and will serve as the hub for all Volta Health Initiative clinics and programs.

Foster educational opportunities throughout the community

  • Expand access to existing secondary, vocational and higher education through scholarship initiatives while creating supplemental education programs for the entire community.Our 2013 educational initiative focuses on funding scholarships to pay for secondary and vocational school fees and supplies including books and/or materials based on need. Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in supplemental educational activities and will be expected to act as mentors for younger students in the community.
  • Provide scholarships for higher education including university level-studies and degree programs.In an effort to further community self-sufficiency, beginning in 2013 we will provide university level scholarships for local students who wish to work in a development discipline. A condition of the scholarship is a return to the community to work, teach or mentor for 2 years and participation in a "give-back" program following graduation.
  • Create supplemental educational programs to benefit the entire communityWe are currently developing a collaborative teaching program curriculum which we intend to launch in 2014. This program will consist of teachers and student teachers enrolled in university-level education programs in the US traveling to Kpando to work with local teachers for one semester. The program collaborators will work together to develop and create new teaching methods while learning from each other and developing best practices for teachers in the local schools.
  • Initiate large-scale adult literacy campaign

Foster local economic development

Develop a general infrastructure development plan addressing initiatives including water, sanitation and expansion of sustainable farming program

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