ANTICIPATED LIVES IMPACTED: 190
GRANT AMOUNT $92,542
HOW DID YOU CONTRIBUTE?
For $304 you covered the construction costs that will help one girl
For $4,800 you provided the electric lines for the new dormitory
For $9,869 you prepared the land for construction and dug the foundation
APPROVED BY GLOBAL TRUSTEES JUNE 2017
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Providing Safe Housing Enables Girls to Focus on Their Studies
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.” 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 already been approved. An ARDF grant 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.