The ever-growing population of the Volta Region has resulted in a notable strain on vital social resources. In recent years, many advances have been made to improve healthcare, hygiene, and education. However, malnutrition, disease, and the large economic divide between well-paid workers and low-paid workers have all posed significant obstacles to Ghana’s progress. As a volunteer in Ghana, you’ll have an opportunity to effect real social change in a community dealing with all of the growing pains experienced by a region in flux. You’ll become an instant part of a warm and welcoming community as you work alongside local people to address some of their most pressing social issues.
Poverty is endemic in Ghana and has devastating effects on children and families. There are 1.2 million children in Ghana living in extreme poverty, often suffering from malnutrition, and not meeting child development milestones (28% of the country). Nearly 623,500 children of primary school age are not enrolled in school, in addition to one in four kindergarten-age children.
Join our team to volunteer in Ghana to fight for girls education and combat rural poverty. Together as a movement, we can help break the cycle of poverty by systematically implementing programs that work directly with young children to help them meet developmental goals, while supporting nutrition projects, providing them with health care services that keep them in school, and support their families to create a loving home environment.
Women, mostly single mothers, need to work to support their family and rely on community support to help with childcare. Community groups and childcare centers are present to provide these essential services, but they are grossly under resourced and understaffed even in formal school settings. Volunteers assist teachers, conduct early education programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with one-on-one attention. Volunteers in Ghana greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves.
In a place where modern medical facilities meet traditional healing rituals, Ghana’s healthcare system is both diverse and complex. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to an underfunded and overcrowded public health system. In addition you can contribute in malaria prevention campaigns, vision screening for children, oral health campaigns and the promotion of hygiene in schools.