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Transforming the lives of preschoolers in Ghana, thanks to you!

When we began working in the community of Volta, Ghana, there was no place for children under the age of 5 to learn. Instead, they went to work with their parents or attended daycare in a makeshift shelter with no school supplies.

But today, thanks to the support of Canadians like you, Volta has a brand new preschool, complete with school supplies, an office, a kitchen and a new well for clean drinking water.

From start to finish, it was a community-led project. The people of Volta joined together to lay the foundation, build the walls and secure the roof. Everything down to the final paint job was a collective effort everyone can be proud of.

  • And it begins! Community members start digging the ground in Volta, Ghana to help lay the foundation of the new pre-school.

    And it begins! Community members start digging the ground in Volta, Ghana to help lay the foundation of the new pre-school.

  • Everyone takes part in laying the foundation and footings of the school block. A tough job made easy with all the extra hands.

    Everyone takes part in laying the foundation and footings of the school block. A tough job made easy with all the extra hands.

  • It's starting to take shape! Once the foundation is in, the crew can start building the actual structure of the pre-school.

    It's starting to take shape! Once the foundation is in, the crew can start building the actual structure of the pre-school.

  • The walls are up and the roof built, now the workers start in on the school's finer details.

    The walls are up and the roof built, now the workers start in on the school's finer details.

  • A new paint job and classroom furniture, and we're just about complete!

    A new paint job and classroom furniture, and we're just about complete!

  • The school planning committee gathers to discuss the progress of the preschool and prepare the final touches.

    The school planning committee gathers to discuss the progress of the preschool and prepare the final touches.

  • At a community ceremony, teachers and students receive teaching supplies and learning materials.

    At a community ceremony, teachers and students receive teaching supplies and learning materials.

  • The new well will ensure all the students have a clean water source to keep them hydrated and healthy.

    The new well will ensure all the students have a clean water source to keep them hydrated and healthy.

  • Finally, all the community construction workers are presented with a cheque for all their hard work.

    Finally, all the community construction workers are presented with a cheque for all their hard work.

Something for everyone

“This is a big dream come true in the community,” explains Dzamah, Volta’s newest preschool teacher. “Now that parents see what a wonderful place we have, they are anxious to send them.”

Parents can now send their children to a safe, healthy place to kick-start their education, where they will flourish under the guidance of bright teachers just like Dzamah.

The new school benefits everyone – the community, parents, teachers and students.

The ripple effect in Volta

The impact goes beyond the preschool project. Through incredible collaboration, community members have helped contribute to their own development in a number of ways, like:

    • Providing all manual labour for the construction of the new preschool
    • Registering the births of 900 children to ensure all children in Volta have a birth certificate
    • Forming community health committees, mother support groups and daddy clubs as a way to improve the health other mothers and their babies
    • Forming a school management committee and parent teacher association to oversee the school’s ongoing maintenance, and to help promote student enrolment, attendance rates and performance.

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