Our motto: Less Hunger – More Education

Education is the most important requirement for a peaceful and successful life – so it is in West Africa, too. Especially in rural areas children are not offered an easy access to schools or there aren’t any schools at all.

Our projects are real grass-roots projects that follow the principle of sustainability and help for self-help. An important requirement to start a new project is the support of the local administration and the participation of the inhabitants and people themselves.

 


See a short video about our last supporting trip to Ghana in 2017:


 

The project KANTURO

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Kanturo is a small village in the west of Ghana. The idea of our first project was to give local support to people who are in need of help by means of little but effective measures.

Kids are our future. If we promote education and the literacy of kids the opportunities to live a better life are sustainably improved. That is why we pay special attention to the support of children by means of:

  • digging wells in order to guarantee clean drinking water
  • ensuring a balanced and healthy nutrition which is guaranteed by the national “Ghana School Feeding Programme
  • acquisition and purchase of schoolbooks and equipment, school uniforms and wooden tables and chairs to enable children to attend school
  • acquisition and purchase of tools in order to support young people with their training and instruction as carpenter or seamstress
  • building of toilets as well as the acquisition of medication and dressing material in order to improve the standards of hygiene and first aid care

We regularly convince ourselves on location as to the progress of our projects. We intentionally do not cooperate with big organisations which you can hardly keep in general overview. We supervise our projects ourselves. This way we can guarantee that our help and support really gets to the people without any detour. In addition we have chosen reliable local coaches who supervise the measures locally to ensure the successful realization and sustainability.

While carrying out our projects we are not only in close contacts to the persons involved. We foster and cultivate contacts to the responsible authorities and state administrations in order to ensure the success and the sustainability of our projects. We therefore get additional support from their side.

Donations are used 100% for our projects and for direct and immediate help. Trips to potential deployment locations to select new projects in Ghana are undertaken privately and selfpaid.


 

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This ist the donations account:

„Kanturo-Hilfe“, Oldenburg
IBAN: DE44280602280204492700
BIC: GENODEF1OL2
Raiffeisen-Bank Oldenburg e.G.

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The financing of Kanturo-Hilfe is provided by the considerable voluntary engagement of its members. The costs for fundraising as well as travelling expenses for the selection of new project places and schools are privately borne by the members of Kanturo-Hilfe. Thus 100% of the donations are used for the projects and directly reach the children and people.


 

Extraction of drinking water by digging the construction of wells

After prior consultation with the teachers in Kanturo and together with two local manual workers we have dug a well to guarantee clean drinking water for the schoolchildren.

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The picture on the left shows the well under construction and how we check the depth. All in all it had to be 30 meters deep to reach the water level as the village is situated on a hill. The picture on the right shows the well being compleded. It is now not only used by the school, but also by the villagers. With the help of a crank the yellow plastic bucket is lowered down into the well to fill it up with water. From this bucket, the water is then filled into smaller buckets.


 

Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP)

For a school to be admitted to the state-subsidized “School Feeding Programme”, various requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • The village has to provide a small kitchen building in which kitchen utensils and dishes can be stored
  • The kitchen utensils as well as sufficient plates and pots must be at the children’s disposal
  • The application for admission to the GSFP must be submitted to the Ministry of Education in Accra
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In order to guarantee these conditions Kanturo-Hilfe has built a small wooden hut for the school in Kanturo, together with carpenters from the neighbouring town of Sunyani. The hut is not only used to store utensils but also used as a cooking place when it rains. There the food can be prepared safely.

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The meal is prepared for the first time and the children are waiting in a long queue to get a plate with rice and a spicy sauce.

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With the application for admission to the GSFP we made an agreement with the administration of the Sunyani West District leading to Kanturo being placed on the list of those new schools which were newly included into the GSFP. The expenses for the school feeding are borne by the Ministry of Education in Accra, which also approves the application for admission.


 

Purchase of teaching aid, uniforms, tables and chairs

Attending school in Ghana is free of charge for children from kindergarten to the end of the sixth class of state schools. The government pays for school uniforms, tables and chairs. The preconditions for school attendance from the seventh grade upwards is that the parents of the children provide a chair, a table and a school uniform for their child. Most of the families can not bear these costs. The negative consequence is that many children do not attend school at all. Instead, they help their parents with the harvest on the fields and with the selling of self-cultivated vegetables on the market.

Before our engagement in the village of Kanturo neither school uniforms nor chairs or tabkes were available for the children up to the sixth class. That is the reason why Kanturo-Hilfe helped by means of a donation.

We want to provide a voucher for a table, chair and school uniform for each family in Kanturo who sends another child to the school. Furthermore we take care that school uniforms and furniture are produced at reasonable prices and directly in Kanruro.

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Women who live in Kanturo made all school uniforms themselves. The picture on the left shows how young women from the village are being trained. We sponsored all the equipment that was needed for the training, such as the fabrics, the sewing kit, two manual sewing machines, scissors and two carbon steel irons. Thus, it is now guaranteed that all pupils can be equipped with a school uniform, without the parents having to pay for it.

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Additionally, we did not simply buy the chairs and tables, but let them be produced in the village. With this aim in view, the local youth are trained as carpenters. The necessary tools were donated by the Kanturo-Hilfe. Thus, repairs can now be carried out by the people of Kanturo themselves.

Our last trip to Kanturo in February 2016, many friends of ours gave us money to buy books, writing and drawing materials. As a result, now the classes are very well equipped for the entire school year 2016.


 

Support for start ups and jobs

Through the training of the local carpenters and seamstresses, we want to keep the costs of production low. But above all we want the young people to be able to create tables, chairs, repairs, school uniforms and other garments and to do some repairs themselves in order to earn some money.


 

Improvement of hygiene and first aid measures

In order to be able to look after little injuries of the children, two teachers, six pupils and two villagers were trained as first aid helpers.

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We have donated two medication packages with dressing material, bandages, some ointments and medicines, one for the school and one for the villagers.

On our first arrival in Kanturo there was already a small building with several toilets. But it was still not completed: A water-butt to catch and collect rainwater and some water pipes and tabs were missing. So these toilets were locked and could not be used.

We donated both, water-butts and taps. So the toilets could finally be completed and we could ensure that now there is a toilet facility with an adequate capacity for both, school children and teachers. Now, they an use the toilets and then wash their hands.


 

Why did we choose Ghana?

Africa consists of fifty-four states. With our search for a suitable place, we first looked at English-speaking countries to avoid language barriers. Our first pre-election therefore fell on Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. In addition to the linguistic criterion, we also wanted to take the history of our own country Germany into account. In the times of the Imperial Empire there were German regions in Ghana and Tanzania. These regions have been exploited and enslaved by the Germans. Even if this happened long before our time, we would like to contribute our part to the reparation. As a third criterion, it was important to us that democratic structures and professional governance, adequate security and an independent press were also guaranteed. In the end we decided to lay the foundation stone of our small project in Ghana.


 

Where is Kanturo?

Kanturo is a small village in the west of Ghana. It is devided into three smaller villages called Kanturo I, II and III. It is about 10 km or 40 minutes by car from the city of Sunyani. About 500 people are living there in wooden huts and mud huts. They earn their living by agriculture, the cultivation of yams, corn, sweet potatoes or cooking bananas.

Here is a small map for orientation:


 

There are still many more schools in the surroundings of Sunyani which are totally cut off from traffic connections, electricity and water supply. In those schools the lives of pupils could considerably be improved by simple measures. To find such a school we simply drove to various villages, together with Campbell, our local coach, and judged the local living conditions of the inhabitants and the condition of the schools. In this way we discovered the village Henekrom. As we already did in Kanturo, here too, we want to create a functioning basic care for schoolchildren.

Kanturo-Hilfe – „We support another school in Africa – Please help us!“