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Dear Partners and Volunteers,

As the year begins, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, United Way Ghana's loyal supporters, for your continued commitment to enriching the lives of many children, schools and communities. As you read through the impact stories below, I want you to know we could not have made it this far without you. We look forward to winning with you this year. Happy new year!

United we fight, united we win!   

Sincerely,

Ms Janet L. Butler
Vice President, Africa & the Caribbean, United Way Worldwide
Acting Executive Director, United Way Ghana

 


Did you know that  50.7% of  basic school pupils in Ghana can neither read nor write? United Way Ghana under its Improving Basic Education Program is fighting to improve  literacy in basic schools 


        Our 2018 Impact Stories

Honouring and Nurturing Writing Talent - February

 

Three Junior High School students received the top prize for their outstanding abilities in essay writing at the Essay Competition Awards, organized by United Way Ghana for the Nima Cluster of Basic Schools in Accra. The winners, Daniel Ameyaw, Mercy Hoyah and Joyce Otoo received Kindle E-readers from Worldreader; a non-profit organization championing digital reading in underserved communities.

This was in an to effort increase their access to hundreds of books, to boost their vocabulary and improve their interest in writing essays. Ten noteworthy essay writers received books and all 157 participating students were awarded certificates of participation during the short ceremony, held in the library of the Nima Cluster of Schools in February. 
 


 DAY OF CARING 2018
Corporate Volunteers Unite for Education- June

   Over 70 volunteers from Stanbic Bank and the African American Association of Ghana invested their time and efforts to engage over 2,300 students in literacy activities such as reading, comprehension, storytelling and counselling for Day of Caring 2018 - our annual  volunteer initiative on the theme Unite For Education.

Beneficiary schools in Accra were the Kotobabi Cluster of Schools, consisting of Kanda North Primary, Wilberforce Primary, Ayebeng Memorial, A&B Primary and Unity Junior High School; the Great Kwame Nkrumah Memorial School in Chorkor and in Kumasi, the J.M Basic School in Asawase.

Stanbic Bank, the main sponsor for Day of Caring 2018, together with Promasidor Ghana, Robert & Sons Optical Services and Silver Star Auto, students received reading and colouring books, stationery and free eye care services.

After the program, Elijah, a JHS 2 student said,"I am happy with the advise from the volunteers today. They talked about issues some of us were facing like peer pressure and drug abuse."With this new information, I will stop being disobedient and listen more to teachers in order to make it in life." Read more


Impacting children on International Literacy Day through Literacy Development and Skills Training - September

During this year's International Literacy Day, United Way Ghana engaged pupils in reading clinics, digital literacy training and arts and crafts activities. After participating in the reading activities, the children visited the Librarian in the mobile library van provided by Ghana Library Authority to do some reading and to learn how the library system works. The digital training activity was facilitated by six girls who were trained by IBM Ghana Ltd from last year's United Way Ghana Literacy Fair 2017 . Arts and craft activities had the children making paper beads and beaded items facilitated by specialists and aided by the volunteers.The 2018 literacy fair was supported by Eneza Education, TopDog Africa and  Special Attention Project together with EPP Book Services, Moslem Family Counselling Service, Bakara Policy Institute and Achievers Ghana. 
During the parents and teachers seminar, the Ghana Education Service's  Circuit Supervisor for Kotobabi, Theophilus Agyei, enumerated  the advantages of literacy and education for the child, family, community and nation as a whole." "Education paves the way for a better future for us all. Let's fully support students to get the best of education." Read more
  

'Girls Closet' Launched to promote Menstrual Health and assist girls to reach their full potential -  October 
 

Menstrual health conversations are usually not a topic of discussion in most parts of Ghana. The implicit stigma and overall culture of silence around menstruation has caused many girls to be  victims to misconceptions, limited information and unhealthy practices. For many girls in deprived communities, their menstrual cycle forces them to miss classes frequently and eventually leads to them dropping out of school altogether.

In order to tackle this pervasive problem, United Way Ghana launched 'Girls Closet' on the Day of the Girl Child on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Each year on October 11, the world marks International Day of the Girl, declared by the UN in 2011 to highlight, discuss and take concrete action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere to reach their full potential.   

Hannah is sixteen and a student of Akropong M/A Primary. She shared her thoughts on the relevance of this initiative for many girls her age who struggle with managing their periods."I skip school when it is that 'time of the month' because the rags I use to soak the blood makes me uncomfortable," Hannah narrated. "If I am not careful, I end up soiling myself so I avoid school for as long as the flow lasts."  United Way Ghana in partnership with Sankofa Care Initiative launched the Girls Closet program to provide 100 girls with reusable sanitary kits and educate them on the importance of menstrual hygiene. Girls Closet is financially supported by a United Way Worldwide grant on behalf of Norma, Laurie and Richard Reidman.  Read more 

 


United Way Ghana supports children under the Nyansapo Scholarship Program - November

In order to help parents and teachers to actively understand the nuances of their ward's academic performance, United Way Ghana in partnership with the Special Attention Project focused the 13th Nyansapo Scholarship Program on creating awareness and engaging stakeholders on learning disabilities. Learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect the brain's ability to receive process, analyze and store information.

As part of the annual program, United Way Ghana distributed packs of essential school supplies and learning kits including new school bags, uniforms, story books, exercise & notebooks, mathematical sets, pens, pencils and covered the cost of the PTA and exam levies for the beneficiaries. 

For Hannah, a mother of a beneficiary, the education on learning disabilities is a life-changing experience, and one that every parent needs to help build a better future for the child. "The training was very educative. I can now begin to identify my child's learning needs and control my reaction to my child's learning needs and academic performance to make him comfortable enough to open up about his learning challenges." 

 This program has empowered the lives of hundreds of children over thirteen years by providing educational materials and educating teachers and parents on how to manage learning challenges. Nyansapo has been supported over the years through a grant from Norma, Laurie and Richard Reidman.  Read more
 


America Chamber of Commerce invests in United Way Ghana's IBE Project in Ayawaso - November 



United Way Ghana received this grant from the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) to continue our Improving Basic Education (IBE) programs.This grant enables United Way Ghana to expand the IBE program to  more schools and communities in Accra.

 


Game with United Way Ghana boosts education in Accra - December


Since Game's debut into Ghana in 2007, the company has supported the development of education. In honour of the launch of their new stores, the company donated stationery kits to three local schools as part of their flagship social responsibility program; Tools2Teach. 
The deserving schools; Qubbatul Kadra, Dampase D/A Model School and Bortianor Methodist Basic School were identified by  United Way Ghana. This donation falls under United Way Ghana's overarching theme, Improving Basic Education program, which seeks to improve access to and delivery of quality education. 


 


United Way Ghana celebrates volunteers - December

United Way Ghana marked International Volunteers Day by bringing volunteers together to create a sense of camaraderie and to applaud their effort. This appreciation ceremony is in accordance with the UN Volunteer Program which is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for United Way Ghana volunteers and organizations to celebrate. 

 United Way Ghana took the opportunity to acknowledge the support the organization has received from notable community builders, made up of corporate volunteers, implementing partners, volunteers from tertiary institutions, and people from all walks of life in a pursuit of improving community conditions. 
 



Newmont Gold Ghana partners with United Way Ghana to improve reading culture in children- December


Newmont Ghana Gold signed a Memorandum of Understanding with their implementing partners,  United Way Ghana and Ghana Library Authority for their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative called Gold4Gold which is set to begin in 2019. This CSR project is going to take place in two schools; Nima Cluster of Schools and Al-Waleed Comprehensive School both in Ayawso- East District of Accra. 

Under this program Newmont Ghana Gold, United Way Ghana and Ghana Library Authority will impact the lives of children, teachers and communities through reading activities, teacher training programs, library refurbishment and community sensitization programs.

The Gold4Gold Reading program, whose overall aim is to promote literacy among lower primary school pupils' complements United Way Ghana's flagship program,  Improving Basic Education- a Youth Success initiative to improve access to quality basic formal education for children in under served communities. 
 


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