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GHANA: Girls’ Dormitory Improves Health for Secondary School Students

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Project Overview

Anticipated Lives Impacted: 190 (Girls safely accommodated, secondary students healthier due to reduction in infectious diseases and better living conditions)

Grant Amount: $92,542 (Cost per beneficiary: $487.07)

Sector: Education

How Can You Help?
For $304, you can cover the construction costs for one girl. For $4,800, you can provide the electric lines for the new dormitory. For $9,869, you can prepare the land for construction and dig the foundation.

Approved by the Global Trustees: June 2017

Project Description

Crowded living conditions at St. John’s Anglican Senior High School in Tamale, Ghana have led to a health crisis for all students. Additionally, girls unable to secure housing in the dorms are not much better off – as they often pay for private housing, which puts them at the risk of abuse.

An African proverb states: “If you educate a man, you educate the individual but if you educate a girl, you educate an entire nation.” And Archbishop Daniel Sarfo of Ghana echoes this: “The girl child must be educated!” he told the ARDF Global Trustees.

While there is a demand for education, in this region of Ghana, the district had only four secondary schools for 11,049 potential students. St. John’s was established in 2014 in response to this need. Even so, 36% of girls aged 15 and older have never attended school. And of those who have attended some schooling, only three percent have attended secondary school. The infrastructure must keep up with demand.

The Diocese of Tamale, Ghana is working to do this by building a dormitory that will expand access to housing – and thus education – for 80 additional girls attending St. John’s.

The diocese has already secured the land and labor. Architectural designs have been approved. A grant from ARDF will provide the materials and furnishings. Students will pay a modest amount for housing which will cover electrical and maintenance costs.

Over the past 40 years, the diocese of Tamale has implemented development projects under the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO). These have included numerous primary and junior high schools as well as health facilities.

In Their Own Words:

In 2014, the diocese provided 50 women with a food processing program. By 2016, once of the recipients, Anamzei Abambisida, a 41-year old mother of six, had a business worth 650% more than her start-up costs. She uses this money to pay school fees at St. John’s Anglican Senior High School.

“This [prosperity] would have eluded me but for the intervention of ADDRO [the church] and its partners,” – Anamzei Abambisida

Read the full report on the project here, or download a summary here.

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