Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters

Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters

Accra, GhanaAccra, Ghana
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We support humanitarian projects in Ghana especially projects involving children, youth and schools

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We work to support urban poor children, brilliant but needy, to undergo any training of their choice. We work in one of the poorest and slum communities within Accra metropolis.Our targeted areas of operations are deprived communities within urban and rural oriented communities. The acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in solving problems in society have remained essential aspects of national development efforts aimed at achieving growth and social equity. This has become even more important for developing countries such as Ghana where the human development indicators in such areas as education and skills acquisition, health, employment, productivity, social protection, poverty reduction are comparatively low and where income inequalities are worsening. Without a well

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We address issues in education; human resource development, productivity and employment; health promotion including HIV / AIDS and STDs; population management, Including migration and development; youth and sports development; poverty reduction and social protection and interventions. Our projects promote the right of the youth for national development as well as foster the international youth or cooperation through exchange programmes
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Every year we provide international volunteer human resources to assist organizations working to educate underprivileged children. Our volunteers have also been supporting the projects with donation of teaching and learning materials. Volunteers assist in caring for orphans and abandoned children and also providing them education. Caring work includes, assisting in cooking for the children, bathing them and showing them love. Volunteers can also assist in teaching English language and other subjects and extra curriculum activities at the orphanages and the schools pertaining to them. A local teacher will guide volunteers during the first week of classes at the orphanage in regard to lesson plans, schedules and teaching curriculum. If the volunteer or volunteer-intern is ready at the beginning of the second week, he or she may begin teaching independently.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Most of our international volunteers do not only assist in teaching. They also donate teaching and learning materials to the projects we support. The low participation fees we charge the volunteers enables them to save extra money to buy the teaching and learning materials for donation. Other volunteer sending organizations, companies and agencies charge as much as $1,000 to 3,000 or more per person per month for just administration fees. Volunteers who come to Ghana through such entities are unable to donate teaching and learning materials to projects because they have used a lot of their money wealthy entities based in developed countries. We charge volunteers only $250 per each person for administrative fees for the first month. We do not charge any administrative fees for the second m
About You
Organization:
Volunteer in Africa
About You
First Name

Ebenezer

Last Name

Mensah

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Volunteer in Africa

Organization Country

, GA, Accra

Country where this project is creating social impact

, GA, Accra

Your role in Education

Administrator, Resource Officer.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Other

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Volunteer in Africa is dedicated to organizing a wide range of volunteer work programs in Ghana and supporting humanitarian projects.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

We use not only local volunteers but also international volunteers Europe and North America to assist run the projects in Ghana.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We have been able to improve the current local and foreign youth relationship
We have been able to empower already existed youth initiatives.
We have been able to encourage more communities to use the youth as a tool for development.
We have been able to utilize the European volunteer to pave way for future collaboration for societal growth.

We have been able to alleviate poverty in the deprived communities through youth initiative
We have been able to establish more skills training centres for youth
We have been able to provide platform for youth to voice out their challenges.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

It is expected that over a period of 1-3 years period for the project the following will be achieved.
i. A greater number of youth shall have opportunity to educate themselves and their peers
ii. More poor communities will see positive change in their youth and assist in community work for development.
iii. More European youth will have the opportunity to exchange programme with their local counterparts both academically and politically.
iv. More youth will be encouraged to involve in traditional politics to serve as role models to their generation.

We also plan to set up 6 internet resource centers where underprivileged school children and youths could use the facilities to find the meaning of English words and also lean about information technology.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Financial barriers and the lack of good number of information technology volunteers. We expect to overcome our financial problem by winning this competition, Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters.

We need to purchase 60 computers and hire resource centers and employ more local staff for the project because the number of international volunteers who will be available will not be enough for the project

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

We plan to set up 2 internet learning centers for underprivileged children and youth in 6 months

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

4 months for implementation

Task 2

1 months for monitoring and evaluation

Task 3

1 month for compilation and report to the donor

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

We plan to set up 4 internet learning centers for underprivileged children and youth in 12 months

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

10 months for implementation

Task 2

1 months for monitoring and evaluation

Task 3

1 month for compilation and report to the donor

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

Some reformers begun to attack orphanages for being overly regimented and sheltering their children too long. They argued that clustering children with similar backgrounds bred pauperism, and that institutionalized children were not prepared adequately for life struggles. They advocated dispersing the children into families.

Orphanages responded to the criticisms by striving to create homelike institutions. They broke the large congregate bedrooms into small units, built cottages in which small groups of children lived with a home mother, relaxed the discipline, added more recreation and enrichment programs, and cultivated children's individual talents.
The reformers intensified their criticism of orphanages, blaming them for obliterating individuality. They declared that the best method of caring for dependent children was at home or in an alternative family. Institutions, they said, should be considered the last resort.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

We work in partnership with the Good Shepherd Orphanage, Street Kids Academy, Jehovah Rapha Children's Home, Christ Faith Foster Home and the Countryside Children's Welfare Home all in Ghana. We support their work with international volunteer human resources, technical, planning and consulting support.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

All our staff are part-time except the director/founder who is a full time staff and general overseer of the organization.

Two of our staff hold degree in information technology. We have an administrative officer who is a professional teacher and also hold a degree in administration. We have an outreach director and accountant who holds a degree in social work and accounting. We normally get a number of 1-5 international volunteers monthly who also assist us and our partners.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We will need individuals and organisations to donate their time, money, skill and ideas to support our projects. We will be glad to know of initiatives and we will be glad to contribute in diverse ways for the success of it.