PAAJAF Foundation works to end poverty and illiteracy in Gbawe in rural Ghana, through quality scholarship education, health services and community support. We are supported by a global team of volunteers  who share our vision of a better world and seek to bring progress to  children in Ghana.

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We create collaborative solutions for urgent social challenges in Ghana.  We work to end poverty and illiteracy among underprivileged children, youth and women in our community. We focus on the following core areas of work: Education, Child Welfare, Youth Resilience and Health.

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In  Ghana, more than a quarter of all children live in poverty. That’s 3.5 million children. To make matters worse, 3 out of every 10 children of primary school age do not attend school. Around  6 out of every 10 children of secondary school going age are out of school. This is because families can’t afford to send their children to school.

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Sponsor a child by giving a scholarship

Many children in Ghana live in extreme poverty. Education is the long-term path out of poverty, but some children can’t even afford going to a free school. This is where we come in, with child sponsorship.

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We are working on many vital projects, and we need your help to succeed.

June 20, 2017

Help youth and women become entrepreneurs...

This project helps unemployed youth, women and single mothers to start their own profitable enterprise.

It provides capital for entrepreneurship through a project called Gbawe Entrepreneurs Network (GEN).

GEN helps unemployed youth and women create capital through a community network. It provides financial knowledge, and helps build capacity for innovative initiatives. The goal of the first year is to support 15 people in the network through in-kind products worth $500 each.

January 5, 2017

Help us build a library of ebooks for people in Gbawe, rural Ghana....

The PAAJAF Educational Institute (PEI) Library (CAARC) project aims to create a learning environment for the PEI school children and people in the Gbawe Community in Ghana. It is intended to be a resource to the PEI main school program. PEI is dedicated to quality education within the classrooms and outside the classroom.

With this project, our beneficiaries who cannot afford purchasing reference books in school will be able to access eReader books, including the capability of borrowing device  for their coursework. It is our goal to make the PEI Library accessible to the entire community, both adult and children and it is expected to reach 100 primary school children and 30 adults from the first year of the project setup.  Currently we have 35 eReader from  Worldreader organisation who donated them to support the project implementation.

 

November 3, 2016

Building Construction for FLC in Gbawe...

Since education is the key to upward mobility, PAAJAF Educational Institute (PEI) Family Learning project needs to have a permanent place for the poor orphans, and underprivileged and neglected children, youth and Adults, especially women to receive education in the Gbawe Community and beyond in Ghana. The Family Learning Center (FLC) has already yielded numerous social benefits since its inception by providing a private education option to supplement the crowded public school. Next step for our project is to scale-up and purchase a convenient permanent land to construct a school building.

We need your help to make this project a reality and to ensure that the literacy rate in the GGC continues to rise. The new school will provide education to 320 young and 50 adult students and offer jobs to the local community in Gbawe.

 

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January 12, 2018

Prevent Unemployment in Gbawe Ghana

Prevent Unemployment in Gbawe Ghana

In places like Gbawe Ghana, where the majority of the population is living in poverty, unemployment is a huge issue. In fact, according to The African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), in 2016 an estimated 48% of all of Ghana’s youth were unemployed. This large unemployment rate makes it very difficult for the people of Gbawe to be able to pull themselves out of crippling poverty. When there are no jobs to be had, it is nearly impossible for the people of Gbawe to adequately feed their families. Organizations like PAAJAF are working hard to help prevent unemployment in Gbawe Ghana, especially amongst the youth, in order to help lower these staggering unemployment rates before it is too late.

The Effects of Unemployment on Youth in Already Poverty Stricken Communities

When the youth’s unemployment rate is at almost 50%, it causes problems for the entire community and helps keep the community as whole mired in poverty. When there are no or not enough jobs to go around, the entire community is doomed to be stuck in the same vicious cycle. When most of the population is employed, there is more wealth to go around and spend on improvements and innovations within the community. For example, if most of the youth are employed they will have the resources to allow their children to attend schools, and also pay for other people’s skills, which creates jobs for a community, and demands a diverse skill set. This would help prevent unemployment in Gbawe Ghana from rising higher than it already has.

Providing a Quality Education Can Help Lower Unemployment Rates

In many cases, the youth of Ghana are left unemployed because they did not have access to a quality education where they were able to learn vital skills. In Gbawe, there is only one public school that is available to the youth of the community for free. With only one free public school, the children are subject to very large and ineffective class sizes. These enormous class sizes leave even the most confident student feeling left in the dust. As a result, many families do not even bother to send their children to school. Since these children will grow up without an education finding a job will be much more difficult, and will likely involve menial labor jobs that will not provide any stability. If these youths were guaranteed access to a quality education, they would grow into adults with employable skills. When a community becomes educated and has a more diverse skill set to offer in its workforce, larger companies and operations will be more interested in investing in that community, which in turn creates jobs. The more jobs that are available the better off the entire community is.  Ensuring that every child has access to a quality education will prevent unemployment in Gbawe Ghana from continuing to rise.

The Overlooked Importance of Vocational Training

Focusing on vocation training for both youth and adults can have huge positive impacts on a community, especially one in need of a newly educated population, but still in a rural area. Vocational training in Gbawe Ghana can have an enormously beneficial impact on the prosperity of the community. Vocational training provides people with valuable skills that lead to more prosperous job opportunities. Ensuring that their are vocational training opportunities can help stem the tide and prevent unemployment in Gbawe Ghana.

How Vocational Training Helps Stem the Tide of Unemployment

Vocational Training is very similar to apprenticeships, but they tend to focus on non-craftsmen labor jobs. For example, someone who is an apprentice might start out as a foreman or other supervisor on the construction site, whereas someone vocationally trained will have a more specific task while the construction is going on. Another difference between the two is that often in apprenticeships you agree to work for one person’s business for a long period of time, sometimes pledging to take over their business. Whereas vocation training implies that you will receive job skills training and be sent to find a job with your new skills in your community. Vocational training also provides opportunities for young people in communities like Gbawe Ghana by providing them with valuable job skills that will help them get more prosperous jobs in the future. Investing in both apprenticeships and vocational training can help prevent unemployment in Gbawe Ghana.

How Apprenticeships Help Eliminate Unemployment

Apprenticeships pair young people with skilled laborers so that they can learn and master the trade that they are learning. In exchange, the skilled master gets much-needed aid with his business. These kinds of opportunities provide youth with an avenue to become skilled craftsmen, this could help them start their own business, which provides a legacy for their family. When youth are able to start their own businesses due to the new skills they have, they no longer have to rely on menial jobs, which in turn provides job security that helps keep unemployment rates from raising. When people are able to start their own businesses, they, in turn, will be able to hire people, which also directly helps prevent unemployment in Gbawe Ghana.

Literacy Programs Can Help Reserve the Rise of Unemployment

Literacy programs ensure that young people can read, which will make all the difference in their ability to find a better job when they become adults. When a worker is illiterate, it makes it difficult for them to get good jobs. Instead, they will likely be stuck working very physically demanding jobs. The current reality in communities such as Gbawe Ghana is that illiteracy is normal for young people and many adults. With class sizes as large as they are, and poverty as prevalent as it is, young people simply do not have the time or opportunity to learn to read. Illiteracy severely impacts their ability to find skilled labor jobs, which impacts their ability to raise themselves out of poverty. Literacy programs are also a powerful tool to preventing unemployment in Gbawe Ghana.

January 11, 2018

Hunger is a Real Issue in Rural Ghana

child hunger crisis appeal

Not having access to enough food is a real issue in places like Gbawe Ghana where most of the population is mired in poverty. While there are many other pressing issues in these communities, hunger is one of the most dangerous. In many places people are able to take what and when they will eat next for granted, but that is not the case in Gbawe Ghana, where many children are starving and malnourished because they do not have enough food to eat, and what they do have to eat is often not nutritious enough to provide everything that the body needs to be healthy. This is why groups like PAAJAF are making a child hunger crisis appeal one of its priorities.

Hunger Affects the Health and Quality of LIfe of the People of Gbawe Ghana

Food and water are sources of nutrition and nourishment for all living things. When children grow up with not enough food and clean water they can and will face many health challenges as children that will be carried on into adulthood. It is also an unfortunate fact that many children will succumb to the ravages of hunger and not live to become adults. Access to healthcare is not a guarantee for all children in the community, so even when food is available again, it is difficult for children to get the nourishment they need to sustain themselves and heal from the ravages of hunger.  A child hunger crisis appeal is needed to ensure that these children get the food they need to grow into healthy adults.

Lack of Food Directly Affects the Availability of an Education to Students

In an area of the world where hunger is not guaranteed for every child, it is impossible to make sure education is a number one priority. If people do not have enough to eat they will not be able to focus or learn because their brains will not be able to function properly. Most children in Gbawe, Ghana will never attend school or will receive very little education due to the fact that families cannot afford to send their children to school. Some children may need to help around the house, or in some cases, they may even have to take up jobs. These jobs often involve participating in very physically demanding jobs to help the family. When children get stuck in this cycle of poverty, it is very hard for them to raise themselves out of it as adults, because they are lacking the very skills that will allow them to make a better life for themselves. Focusing on a child hunger crisis appeal could help pave the way for children to have a better education and life.

Hunger’s Effect on Educational Levels Directly Lead to Illiteracy

When you have a large population of children not attending school, the illiteracy rate is astronomical. Children who grow up to be illiterate are faced with the fact that the jobs that they have access to are very limited, and will most likely involve some kind of hard physical labor in poor conditions. Once children grow into adults that do not know how to read, it is near impossible to get out of that situation. This is because there is no money to help people receive a quality education, regardless of their background. The fact remains that it is the rich who continue to be prosperous, while most of the nation is left in extreme poverty, like those living in Gbawe Ghana. Once a quality education is accessible to all in Gbawe’s community, the rural town will truly be able to thrive and attain literacy for all adults and children. Establishing a child hunger crisis appeal could help to pave the way for literacy to become a reality for all children. However, hunger is an issue that must be addressed before all others can. A people cannot take the problems a lack of education creates if they do not have enough to eat.

The Hunger Crisis Affects Girls Disportionately More Than Boys

As women around the world continue to face discrimination and receive lower wages, the situation is no different in Gbawe Ghana. Women in rural communities such as this face harsh discrimination when it comes to educational and vocational opportunities. In many of these cases, these women are abandoned by their husbands and left to raise children with little to no education or vocational training. This puts single mothers in Gbawe Ghana in a very vulnerable situation, and leaves them with very little opportunity in the way of work, resulting in these women having to raise their children in extreme poverty. Establishing a child hunger crisis appeal would help put vital educational and vocational learning opportunities in the hands of these women who need it the most. In turn, this helps ensure their children will also receive an education to help the entire community flourish.

Investing in Child Welfare Means Investing in Full Bellies

The cycle of poverty will only continue without ensuring that children are protected, have an education, have enough food, have clean water, and have access to healthcare. Establishing a child hunger crisis appeal can secure the future of the entire community for generations to come by ensuring children have access to what they need to thrive. The reality for many children is to live in extreme poverty, making it difficult to guarantee the welfare of children. In many cases, children are so poor that they cannot afford food or to attend the only free public school in Gbawe.

Eliminating Childhood Hunger Will Lead to a More Prosperous Community

With so many children left starving, the whole community is left to suffer. If children are not able to grow up strong and healthy, they will not be able to grow into the leaders that their communities sorely need to usher in an area of prosperity. In every culture, in every community around the world, it is a well-held belief that children are the future of all things. If we do not ensure that these children have enough food to eat, they will grow up into bleak futures indeed. Focusing on a child hunger crisis appeal will help the entire community in the long run.

December 1, 2017

Stand Up for children’s rights

Stand Up for childrens rights

Like the earth born out of a bright star to be our home planet Earth, children were born to be our luminous torches. A personification of hope, children are the future of this billions of years old planet. I can’t look at a child without remembering this quote;

“To me, there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” – P. T. Barnum

This picture has every right to remain in my mind beautiful, it also reminds us that we should stick together and Stand Up for childrens rights. I presume that you might wonder; how can we accomplish and maintain this perfect picture.

Out of an inner belief, you need to be enlightened by some facts about children. A considered fact and non-negotiable set of standards have designed definitions and rights to respect every child’s sense of self-worth.

A child is humanity at its purest form, just a kind human being between the stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority.

A minority that should be treated with respect, caring, protection and be allowed to maintain their identity and freedom. Identifying the some of the principles that underpin all children’s rights:

 

  • The right stander for living:

Children have the right to a security standard of living that satisfies their physical and mental needs. Governments should stand side by side with families and guardians to implement this, especially with food, clothing, and housing.

  • Children care and treatment:

This should always be based on “the best interests of the child”, either through their guardians or directly.  They also have the right to benefit from the government if they are poor or in need.

  • Health Care and survival:

Children have the right to survival and development underscores good quality of life and health care. Starting with clean drinking water, food, a decent environment, and knowledge to help them stay healthy. The law protects children from harmful work, but there is nothing wrong with helping their parents at home with safe tasks that are suitable and fair to their age.

  • Education:

All children have the right to free and equal access to education regardless of the child’s gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, parentage, sexual orientation or another status. Discipline should be respected in schools, however keeping the children’s.  All children have the right to free and equal access to education regardless of the child’s gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, parentage, sexual orientation or another status. Discipline should be respected in schools -without the use of violence- besides keeping the children’s dignity. Motivation and reward systems should be encouraging the children to have a responsibility and enjoy their learning process.

  • Protection from mistreatment:

Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and abuse, physically or mentally. Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for. Event punishments that are considered excessive or abusive, should be stated as a crime.  Not only the governments but everyone should defend and preserve children from harm.

  • Freedom of expression:

Children have the right to examine their beliefs, but at the same time respects the beliefs and rights of others. Parents should provide religious and moral guidance to their children. Guide the children in these matters regarding the fact of respecting the rights and duties of others too.

  • To know their rights:

Children rights are meaningless cause if the children themselves were not well informed and educated about rights. They have the right to gain knowledge and even responsibility to respect rights.

Flourishment, peace and development are our main reasons for existence, however, mistreating our fruits which are children can lead to extinction. How many children were victim of mistreatment, abuse or living a nonhuman life? The answer is millions; that’s why I encourage you to start with the first step and open the eyes of our children to education which will not only save their lives but can save the future of this world. Support and sponsor us to a better life.

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