The Other Side of Silver Stag - Our Charity work in Ghana


The Other Side of Silver Stag - Our Charity work in Ghana

It’s amazing what can happen in just over a year! As a result of your incredibly generous support, we have been able to rent a farm in Ghana where local men and women can grow rice to sell in the local marketplace.

Over the last 12 months, the revenue generated has made a huge difference to the lives of so many Ghanaians. Prior to this initiative, a local school – known as "the school with no name" – was in a dire situation. Although the Ghanaian education department paid for the principal and three teachers, the school was not officially recognised by the state and was in a very poor state. There was no running water, a general lack of facilities, educational resources and a lack of proper classrooms. All the teaching was done outside.

Many of the 180 children who attend the school come from a 60-mile radius and are too poor to afford the associated costs – uniforms, exams and school meals – of a regular state school. And although the school with no name does not provide food, water or residential facilities, for many of these children it is their only choice. Now, thanks to the revenue from the farm we can begin to build walls and secure a permanent corrugated roof to two of the school buildings. We will also be able to drill a borehole to supply fresh water, meaning the school no longer has to buy water from the local village at exorbitant prices – all thanks to your support.

 

The school isn’t the only local establishment benefiting from the market. The additional funds have also allowed for the development of a vocational training centre, allowing women to enter the workforce through professional training and a small micro loan. Before, many women were continuously out of work, and unable to support their families. The vocational training centre allows them to hone skills such as sewing, batik making and bead making in order to create jobs.

In 2014, 10 women from the surrounding villages benefited from this vocational training. These women have been producing bags, beads and garments and selling them in the local market and all the women are now in the final stage of paying back their micro-financing loans, which were used to purchase sewing machines. This means that in the next 3-4 months, as a result of their hard work and commitment to the training programme, their profits will increase and they will be able to support their families. We are delighted to report that all of these women have made their loan repayments on time and the money has been reinvested to ensure the vocational training continues. We would like to extend our thanks to you, our supporters for helping make this happen and improving the lives of so many Ghanaian people in the process. We are truly grateful.


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