Jukwa and Winneba, Ghana
Location | Rural Ghana, West Africa
Photos | Found here
Blog | Read about Amizade in Ghana
Support | Community Initiatives in Ghana
Service Opportunities | Constructing a library, public health/nursing, sustainable agriculture, teaching in schools
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, meeting with local chiefs, Jungle canopy walk, local beaches, cooking nights, traditional dancing/drumming, visiting cocoa/palm oil farms
The people of Ghana, like many people, endure many hardships, including recurrent droughts that severely affect agricultural activities; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; poaching of wildlife populations; water pollution; and inadequate supplies of potable water. Despite all of this, Ghana is filled with incredibly friendly people with a fascinating history and culture. From rainforests to beaches and lagoons to dry savannah and open woodland, Ghana has as much beauty and diversity in its natural habitat, as it does in its people. Volunteering in Ghana, you will make friends from countries all over the world. You will learn to do work that you have never done before, and you will be introduced to a culture unlike anything that you have ever experienced. Above all, you will have the satisfaction of having worked with others on a project to help a community in need.
Amizade volunteers live in the overgrown village of Jukwa, about 20 miles north of Cape Coast. A little over a decade ago, Jukwa had no electricity, it had no public water, and cell phones were nowhere to be found. Change has been fast for the town, which now boasts all of the aforementioned amenities, as well as a series of paved roads, a nice guest house, and a growing small business base.
Amizade volunteers are nearing the completion of an 8-room, massive, public library (including internet cafe) next to the secondary school. This library, when fully opened will stock 20,000 books, and be open to the entire community. Beyond meaningful service work, while staying in Jukwa, volunteers also get the opportunity to visit with local leaders, a local rain forest canopy walk, Cape Coast Castle, local cultural and religious events, and much, much more.
Alternatively, volunteers may visit and stay in the town of Winneba, Ghana. Winneba is a historic fishing port in south Ghana, lying on the south coast, about 90 miles east of Cape Coast. While in Winneba, volunteers work with Amizade’s community partner Challenging Heights.
Lodging | A local lodge, a guest house, or homestays
Food | Lots of local fruit and starches, beans, some fish, some chicken
Flights | 3 nonstop routes now from the US (10 hours)
Visa | Yes, obtained through mail to the embassy
Communication | Cell networks, sporadic internet
Closest Airport | Accra, Ghana
Our Community Partnerships
Peace Humanity International
Peace Humanity International is a community development organization based in Accra, Ghana. They work on various development initiatives, ranging from computer literacy projects to rural sustainable agriculture projects. The founder, Pastor Chris Nyame, and his associate, Kwame Appiah, grew up in Jukwa, and are considered local leaders. Together, they are committed to creating global learning and development opportunities for the region.
Amizade, along with Peace Humanity International, organizes a variety of projects, including the construction ofprimary or secondary schools, roads, and hospitals, as well as reforestation, cocoa plantation, literacy projects, community development, oil palm production, and AIDS awareness campaigns.
By working with Peace Humanity International, Amizade volunteers learn about community organization and gain important organizational and management skills. Past volunteers have worked on construction projects, environmental projects, educational projects and projects involving community development. The impact of this volunteer experience is immediate and long lasting.
The mission of CH is to ensure a secured, protected and dignified future and life for children and youth by promoting their rights, education and health.
Based in Winneba, Ghana, Challenging Heights (CH) aims to protect and improve the lives of young people and their communities affected by child trafficking and the worst forms of child labor. The organisation believes education and the economic empowerment of women are the most important things for eliminating child slavery. Their work suggests that if children are educated, then they will know their rights, and the chances of them being forced into labor will decrease.
Challenging Heights was formed in 2003 and registered in 2005 by James Kofi Annan, to give back to children who faced challenges similar to his. At six, James was forced to work along the Volta Lake for seven cumulative years. James later rose to become a university graduate and the manager at Barclays Bank of Ghana. In 2007 James resigned from his employment with Barclays bank to dedicate attention to the mission of Challenging Heights. At its inception, Challenging Heights mobilized children into rights clubs to take action against forced labor, leading to the rescue of 8 children. Later, Challenging Heights built a school for at-risk children to save them from being trafficked and within 6 months, 181 at risk boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14 were admitted.
Today, Challenging Heights runs 7 different projects including a 65-capacity survivors’ rehabilitation center, and a child trafficking survivors support network aimed at providing protection for children, and giving them opportunity to go to school.
For more information about Challenging Heights, visit their website www.challengingheights.org.