Ghana Women/Children & North American Collective is an American-based, non-profit, and multi-ethnic interfaith humanitarian organization.
Our aim is to help eliminate poverty through partnership with rural communities by providing educational tools and health resources aimed at improving the quality of life for families and children in developing countries.
We believe education empowers society and that teacher and community involvement are essential to raising strong children. For girl children in particular our goal is to help increase gender equality. We will work with families and aid them in moving from poverty to stability and self sufficiency.
Thirteen of us began meeting in August 2009 and formed a steering committee to plan our first annual fund raiser. The fundraiser was successful.
Next Sunday, July 24th, the team from GWCNAC will be helping to raise funds for KRCB TV in Rohnert Park, California.
On the KRCB break GWCNAC will have the opportunity to recruit volunteers and solicit donations and support.
And they WILL feed us! Food will be provided by Cattlemen’s Restaurant.
If anyone would like to come and help KRCB by answering phones during their fund raiser, contact me at 707-604-7044 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I enjoyed the fundraiser. I particularly enjoyed the drummer, Afia Walking Tree. I’m not sure if you had the opportunity to hear the speakers talk about the ecosan toilets and our collaborative project in Ghana. I was impressed with their knowledge and passion for their work. The Silent auction room was hot with folks drinking wine and bidding on items. The venue at the French Garden Restaurant was perfect for the number of people in attendance. We still need to raise more funds to head to Ghana in September. A group of us will be on KRCB television on July 24th and I will have the opportunity to talk about the project and ask for donations. In addition I will be on comcast television during the month of June and I will also ask for funds.
I am really excited as we prepare for our 2nd annual fund raiser. The venue is beautiful, the keynote speaker, Gemma Bulos as a fantastic choice, and, if last year’s successful and fun event is any indication, this year we will have a ball while raising money for better sanitation in the village.
In the summer of 1998 I and a group of volunteers traveled to Ghana to do volunteer work. On arriving at the Accra International airport we were warmly greeted by coordinators of the Philanthropy Host Volunteer Project. The following day we left for the Volta region, where we would call home for the next four weeks. In order to bath/shower we would gather buckets of water from the river in preparation for our work day.
Our volunteer work assignment was to make bricks and lay a foundation for a teacher’s bungalow at a boarding school. Our work day began at 4:00am and ended at 10:00am. The rest of our day was spent having educational exchanges with the students, getting to know the local people and learning the local language Ewe.
The house that we stayed in had no running water, nor did it have electricity, a kitchen, or a bathroom.I was not accustomed to having these accommodations but I decided to embrace this experience as a new journey in my life.
On arriving back in the United States I realized that my experiences in Ghana had altered my perception of life in general. When you see people living with the bare necessities of life it influences what you value and reshapes your own personal needs. This experience of living in Ghana was life changing and altered my perspective on what is really important.
This experience showed me that many of the regions in Ghana are economically impoverished; however, there is a strong community spirit that is alive and well. Seeing this love of family and community influenced my resolve and passion to work with the people in this region of Africa. It opened up my mind and heart to do volunteer work in other developing countries as well.
I am only one of the visionaries of the Ghana Women/Children North American Collective. Our organization and Non Governmental Organizations based in Northern Ghana are giving birth to new and creative visionaries daily.
Thank you volunteers for your commitment to creating better lives for the women and children of Jisonayili.