Did you know Ghana spends proportionally more on education than the UK, but poverty still prevents some of its children from going to school? Although officially free, basic school presents additional costs, starting with shoes and uniform (up to 90 cedis or around £15 – a significant sum for people lacking any disposable income). As a result, in families, sometimes only some children have the chance to go to school. The others, generally the girls, stay at home and perform domestic tasks.
Change For Ghana aims to bridge the gap between the additional costs that creates an obstacle for a child's
education. Through your help and support, we aim to provide basic educational needs such as:
Provision of School Uniform, Stationary, Text Books, Teaching Aids & Materials and ICT facilities.
Maintenance of selected school grounds and sports areas.
We also aim to promote awareness of:
Sexual education (more than 290k adults and children living with HIV/AIDS)
Sickle Cell awareness
This will help educate and also mitigate the issue of unemployment in our community.
Most of the infrastructure in Ghana exhibit significant deficiency in conditions and functionality. This increases vulnerability to risk for the local community.
Statistics show a total of 2,076 people died in road traffic accidents in 2017. This is eight people less than the 2,084 people killed in 2016. This alarming number is all due to poor roads.
We aim to reduce this statistics in every way possible.
Ghana is in dire straits when it comes to sanitation. The lack of clean drinking water and sanitation systems is a severe public health concern in Ghana, contributing to 70% of diseases in Ghana. Due to unclean water and improper sanitation, Ghana has 1,000 children under five years old dying each year from diarrhea, caused by polluted water.
Streets and gutters are still littered with waste and unpleasant sights of pest-infested, stinking and overflowing waste collection containers. The result is the annual outbreak of Cholera and other preventable diseases in the country. Sadly enough, sanitation-related diseases have over the years been among the top ten diseases reported at Out-Patients Departments (OPDs) in health centres costing the nation huge sums of money annually.
Estimates show that Ghana loses close to $300million every year due to poor sanitation and yet it remains an unseen emergency to the public and decision makers because its effects are not as sudden as an earthquake or tsunami which claims thousands of lives within a short period. C4G aims to bridge this gap by providing resources and support capable to mitigating this issue.
Did you know that only two out of every one hundred people with mental illness in Ghana will get the care they need? Without proper treatment, this can lead to social exclusion and poverty for those with the illness and their families.
Mental health is rarely discussed in the Ghanaian culture. It is the elephant in the room. It makes people uncomfortable. When mental illness is talked about, the conversation always lacks awareness.
Even government spending on mental health reflects the priority attached to the issue, with a heartbreaking 1.4 percent of the total health budget allocated to mental health. This means isolated, understaffed, and poorly-maintained psychiatric facilities are the only picture of mental health that most Ghanaians are familiar with.