Abetifi-Kwahu is located in the eastern region of Ghana. It is located at one of the country’s highest habitable points. The smaller village of Yaw Tenkorang is located about 10 miles from Abetifi-Kwahu. This is where we currently do most of our work. The small village lacks basic amenities, including clean drinking water, running water for sanitary or other purposes and does not even have restrooms for the schools. Most of the school’s materials were massively outdated and did not adequately prepare students to help their village and their country to succeed in the 21st century. Adopt One Village has been changing that scenario with your help! The teachers and students are still in need of training, school supplies, laptop computers, and a consistent curriculum. As of January 2012, electricity had been wired into the community but not yet into the buildings. We hope that this will bring opportunity for sustainability.
In addition to the deteriorating schools, the people of Abetifi-Kwahu and the surrounding areas face healthcare shortages, including medical providers, basic medical supplies and equipment. These shortages contribute to the fast rate at which the people get sick and die. The main hospital has an outdoor bathroom that lacks running water, a roof and even basic toiletries. It is essentially a concrete “blind” with a trough in it for the waste.
As a nation, the life expectancy in Ghana is approximately 57-years old (20-years below the U.S.) The infant mortality rate is 10 times greater than the United States. Mothers are 60 times more likely to die during child birth in Ghana (approximately 4,000 deaths a year). Additionally, Ghana has only 1/20th the number of doctors per capita compared to the U.S. (U.S. 1:375; Ghana 1:7700).
We are dedicated to giving the people of Yaw Tenkorang, the Abetifi-Kwahu region and ultimately Ghana a hand up so that their future can be self-sustained and successful.
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