SHIPMENT FEEDBACK

“The stark reality of poverty affects hundreds and thousands of children here,” wrote our partners. They are acutely aware that in their rural communities, life is very tough for vulnerable farming families, who struggle to provide the basics of food, education and healthcare for their children.

“Ordinarily, children may own a tattered shirt or undergarment, which might be the only possession they have… The gap between the affluent in the towns and cities, and the rural poor, is great.” 

We were pleased to work with these partners on a shipment to equip their many projects in rural healthcare, maternal health and child development. Goods like clothing, bedding and milk powder from the shipment supported their orphanage that cares for 50-55 children, ranging from a day old to 12 years old. School furniture and equipment also supported more than 75 schools, day-cares and nurseries in their region, reaching many hundreds of students.

“The children, youth and women were deeply impacted by the realisation that someone somewhere far away, who did not know them, was so generous as to commit to helping the poor in such a dynamic and practical way.” – NGO staff

Milk powder from the shipment helped our partners’ orphanage save at least US$3,500 that they would otherwise have spent on supplies for the babies in their care.

A district hospital reaching 250,000 people was delighted to receive a new defibrillator from the shipment, saving them many hundreds of dollars that they had set aside to buy one.

A nursing and midwifery training school received nursing and medical supplies to train nurses, midwives and other healthcare providers. Office furniture, printers and electrical goods helped equip and upgrade the NGO’s 20 offices, helping them serve more efficiently and professionally, while 50 high quality computers from the shipment have given staff, teachers and nursing school directors access to computers, some for the first time.

“Please tell our friends and donors that we are overwhelmed by their generosity, kindness and love. These items will be used to train quality nurses and care workers, who will in turn impact the lives of millions of people in Ghana.”Nursing school principal

95 mattresses from the shipment were distributed to day cares, schools and nurseries in remote villages. “In some cases the babies had been sleeping on the bare floor, and were bitten by insects and various bugs,” wrote staff.  “No doubt, swellings and skin diseases of various kinds will now be minimised.”

We are hugely grateful to all donors and volunteers who contributed to this shipment. Below are more quotes and stories of impact!


A FIRST PAIR OF SHOES

“In one village 50 miles from the nearest town, hundreds of kids run around with bare feet and scanty clothing,” wrote NGO staff. “How excited they were when the pickup truck arrived with clothes which were shared among them according to their sizes and their needs!” Little Kojo, a boy living in this village, had lost both parents, and was being taken care of by a distant relative. This relative had 9 children of her own to feed, and there was never much left for Kojo, who had no shoes at all. He could only weep when for the first time, he was helped into his very own pair of shoes, a gift from the shipment.

UPGRADING A MATERNITY HOSPITAL

“Our region’s maternity hospital was established in 1945 to take care of expectant mothers and infants, and is in dire need of refurbishment. The theatre and most of the facilities are in disrepair. Most baby cots are broken.”

Crossroads’ shipment included baby cots, hospital beds and other supplies that have now been installed at the hospital. The high quality goods have not only given the facility a much-needed facelift, but they’ve helped them create a more dignified, respectful environment for the vulnerable women and babies in their care.

“Seventy five basic schools have received school supplies including books, pencils and toys. School chairs have been given to schools in remote communities as a way of encouraging education, especially among girls.”

LIFE-SAVING HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT

A district hospital that reaches 250,000 people had no access to basic critical medical items such as a defibrillator. Crossroads’ shipment included a brand new defibrillator, which was presented to the medical director of the hospital. “We were saving to buy this critical equipment to save the lives of many who were on the verge of dying” said the director, Dr Nyarko. They estimate this item alone saved them about $1,800 from their tight budget.

Reference No. : S4586

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SHIPMENT FEEDBACK

Offuman is an area in Ghana where poverty has meant that many people were never able to receive a proper education. Local communities have traditionally been dependent on agriculture and there has been little opportunity for people to pursue other goals or talents. Parents are aware of this, and they want to send their children to school so that they can access better opportunities in the future. But poverty remains a problem, and many families are lacking even basic necessities, therefore they cannot afford to do this without support.

Our local NGO partners in Ghana are an educational charity whose goal is to develop the leadership, skills and opportunities for young people to build up their communities. Their target is to help people break the cycle of poverty through education, in the hope that each child who is educated in the community will help others to learn the confidence and skills to build their own road to success. Through their schooling programmes, our partners are trying to create autonomy and community-directed practices that will lead to a sustainable future for many generations to come.

“We received enough boxes of books to build a small library within our technical training college. These books are a fantastic addition to our collection and this will be Offuman’s first and only library!” – NGO Director

(Above 1st) The first students enrolled in our partners’ new sewing workshop prepare for their classes to begin. (Above 2nd) A local principal and one of his students gratefully receive the donation of computers to their school.

(Above) One of the local families who received a donation of clothes from this shipment gathers outside their home.

The goods that our partners received in this shipment have made a significant impact on their work and have provided a real benefit to local communities in Ghana. Here just a few examples of how they have been put to use:

  • Clothing has been provided to families in need, and new jackets and professional attire have been donated to the teaching staff in local schools
  • Stationery and books have been distributed between local primary and secondary schools, improving classroom standards and education quality
  • Sewing machines have been put to use in our partners’ technical college as part of a skills workshop programme
  • Toys and games have rejuvenated nursery and child care organisations across Offuman
  • Computers have allowed the introduction of IT classes in local secondary schools

Our partners estimate that this shipment has had a direct beneficial impact on 3000 people in the local community already, and this will only increase as the goods continue to provide a service for years to come.


FURTHER IMPACT

(Above 1st) The class leader for the new sewing workshop poses for a photo before her first class. (Above 2nd) New desks and chairs are in place and ready for students at our partners’ college. (Above 3rd) School staff benefited from professional clothing from the shipment.

 

(Above 2nd) Students from a local high school gather to receive goods donated to their classrooms. 

 

Toys and desks are unloaded upon arrival, ready for distribution.

Reference No. :  S4456

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A better Start to Life

With just under 50% secondary school enrolment, Ghana’s children need help to stay in school.

S3940 Ghana project profile-11Children from poor families in rural Ghana are starting life so far behind their peers that it can seem impossible to break out of the poverty cycle. Lacking some of the most basic necessities like shoes and good clothes, it can be hard for some young children to attend school at all, and those that do, have frequent absences because of illnesses like malaria, diarrhoea, or having to stay home when other family members are sick. Add to this a lack of resources in their area, and the odds are stacked against these little ones. “The communities that work with lack social amenities like early childhood centres, libraries, computer laboratories, good roads, and good drinking water,” writes Crossroads’ partner, an NGO working in rural Ghana.

Crossroads is shipping to this group, to help them give Ghanaian children a better start to life. They already run highly successful literacy programmes and other child-centred activities, but they want to open an early childhood centre and a computer school to train teenagers in employable skills. Our shipment will help them establish these two new ventures.

Literacy unlocking futures

Our partners are trying to boost those numbers by encouraging and empowering children in their education.

S3940 Ghana project profile-4More than 80% of children in Ghana finish primary school, but that number plummets to less than 50% enrolment in secondary school. Our partners are trying to boost those numbers by encouraging and empowering children in their education. They run exciting programmes like interschool quiz competitions in rural communities, after-school literacy camps and even a “street library” that takes books to places without community libraries.

Little Oliver is one of their success stories. He was a below average student, but thanks to the street library and the literary club, he has improved so much that he participated in the regional Spelling Bee and is now the president of his school literary club! He was also selected as an assistant school prefect through his hard work.

Shipment will include:

  • Computers for office use, and to set up a computer lab for youth training
  • Office and household furniture, and household goods to set up a childcare centre
  • Clothes and shoes for impoverished families who don’t have enough of the basics to send their children to school

Crossroads’ shipment will support these literacy programmes that reach 5,000 children like Oliver.

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Ghana Snapshot

Capital: Accra

Population: 27 million. 45% of the population is under 18.

Ghana is in West Africa, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, and has a tropical climate. It is the fifth most stable state in Africa.
There are about 1 million children orphaned for a variety of reasons in the country.
34% of children are involved in some kind of child labour, and education is often inaccessible in rural areas.

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Investing in education

“How many computers do you have in your computer lab?” asked our team member, visiting a school we’re helping in Ghana. “Not one,” replied the teacher. There was a pause. “Then how do you teach the kids computer skills?” The teacher smiled and explained they were hoping someone might bring a mouse, or a keyboard or other parts so they could set something up.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Education is an uphill battle for children in the district of Ghana where our partner NGO is based. “A significant number of children in these community schools are sitting under trees and sheds,” wrote staff when they first applied. In the area, nearly 75% of the population over 15 can’t read or write in any language, keeping people locked in poverty.

“As a result of the shipment, we were able to open our new ICT centre.”

When this shipment arrived, staff reported on the incredible investment that the computers, furniture, school supplies and other goods have made into their work. “Until the arrival of the shipment from Crossroads Foundation, our organisation had only one desktop computer. We needed to pay for usage of our warehouse, buy stationery, do printing and rent chairs to host meetings. However, the situation has now changed significantly. The [goods] and the container itself are saving us USD10,000 per year as we no longer need to hire or pay for using them.”

The schools likewise were overwhelmed. One school for disadvantaged children has now been able to open two new classes to cope with demand, thanks to goods from the shipment. At another school, the primary 5 and 6 students previously sat on the floor, but now each student has a chair and desk. At yet another school, students were learning about computers in a theoretical sense, but had none to use themselves. Now, students can put their learning into practice on real computers in their own school!

All the schools reported increased student attendance following the distribution of goods. We’re thankful to our sponsors for making it possible to invest in the education of Ghana’s children through this shipment.

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Ghana Snapshot

Capital: Accra

Population: 27 million. 45% of the population is under 18.

Ghana is in West Africa, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, and has a tropical climate. It is the fifth most stable state in Africa.
There are about 1 million children orphaned for a variety of reasons in the country.
34% of children are involved in some kind of child labour, and education is often inaccessible in rural areas.

Ghana_S3350_6

West Africa is a hot-spot for chocolate slavery. Children as young as 8 can be found putting in back-breaking days wielding sharp machetes or handling hazardous pesticides. Few children on chocolate farms attend school.

Where Divine’s cocoa is grown, things are different. The women who work with their supplier in Ghana, cocoa cooperative Kuapa Kokoo, care as much about investing their communities as they do about the cocoa they produce. The extra income generated by fair trade operations benefits not just the farmers, but the area’s children, like Jennifer (below).

When Jennifer was younger, she had to make a difficult choice: to live with her family or to go to school. Even though the closest school was 2 hours away, education was important to Jennifer and her family, so she left home and attended school far away, knowing it was the only way to reach her dream of becoming a nurse.

Today, though, Jennifer no longer has to make that choice. Her area is home to Divine chocolate’s cocoa supplier Kuapa Kokoo. With fair trade premiums invested by the women of Kuapa, new schools have now been built in Jennifer’s village. She can live with her family again, as well as get the education she needs to become a nurse and care for people in her community.

Global Handicrafts sells a wide range of Divine’s chocolates, including our larger 100g blocks and powdered drinking chocolate, as well as the snack-sized 50g bars available in-store!

* Story and photos courtesy of Divine chocolate.

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Though many in Africa look to Ghana as a model for political and economic reform, difficulties such as poverty, disease, and lack of basic educational tools still plague people in rural parts of the country.

Thousands of those who are more educated leave Ghana for jobs elsewhere, draining the country of adequate health professionals and teachers.  Others must face the scourge of AIDS without proper treatment, and countless young children are forced to abandon their education in order to care for younger siblings and sick parents.  Crossroads shipped to an NGO working in the Volta Region of Ghana, one of the poorest areas of the country.  The organisation focuses on ensuring that the children in this area can attend school and learn how to read and write through their Read-to-Succeed programme.  They also run vocational centres that provide tools and training for youth so they can find employment once they finish school. We were able to ship a variety of items to resource the schools and training centres as well as support the building of a secondary school.
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Ghana Snapshot

Capital: Accra

Population: 27 million. 45% of the population is under 18.

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There are about 1 million children orphaned for a variety of reasons in the country.
34% of children are involved in some kind of child labour, and education is often inaccessible in rural areas.

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