By Heather Foye- "working with PACE-Ghana was an incredible experience..." Fordham Global Outreach-Ghana team 2011 Working with the PACE-Ghana team was an incredible experience, and I am so glad that I was able to travel to Ghana. It was great to feel like part of a community while working on various projects in the schools, library, and hospital of Worawora.
Established in the summer 2004, is Okyeame Dankwa Memorial Community Library, Worawora community first library. The Facility consists of over 5,000 diverse books for all educational levels and a computer training center. It serves as a resource center where you can find all levels of Ghana educational textbooks, American text books, medical references, religions, daily newspaper, and children stories books from Kwaku Anansi to Dr. Seus's. A very good place for all kinds of research and references. Stop by for a visit if you're ever in Ghana Volta Region area.
Consist of five computers, community members and students get opportunity to take classes in computers for a very low fee. They spend couple months learning basic use of computer, word process, power-point presentation, excel and access. Since it started operating fifteen students have successfully completed and some have move on to advance their skills while others have find job in the local school, hospital and bank.
PACE-Ghana has been sponsoring Adult education in Worawora, Apesokubi and Okrabi. Literacy classes are coupled with micro-enterprise, environmental preservation and health education training. While adult students learn to read and write in English and Twi, they also have a chance to participate in income generating such as farming to help them support their family. Currently, there are 50 and above students participate on a regular base. This project has been sponsor by ProLiteracy since 2005, one of the biggest and outstanding adult education organization in the United States.
Pace-Ghana in collaboration with Crystal Eye Center and Unite For Sight conduct bi-annual eye screening for people in Worawora and its surrounding villages. Hundred of patient battle with various eye issues receive free eye screening, and paid $1.00 for eye glasses and prescriptions. This program started in 2008 and we have served approximately 880 patients.
This project consist of Adult literacy learners and Worawora Secondary school. Since 2007, PACE-Ghana implemented 5 arcs of palm plantation farm for the Worawora Secondary School and 2 arcs corn farm for Worawora Adult education learner. It is a long term project and it will take us about 6 to 7 yrs for the palm to start producing. However, this is a great investment and opportunity for members to use their skills and limited resources to generate good income to support their family and also support the community projects and the school.
Since it's establishment in 2004, the Okyeame Dankwa Memorial Library and PACE-Ghana has served as the foundation for numerous programs and projects that have enhanced the lives of local community members and many visitors from organizations and universities from the United States. PACE-Ghana provide cross cultural service learning for students, interns, youth programs, colleges and universities, churches and community organization. We currently partner with Fordham University, LeMoyne College, ProLiteracy International Program, Blue Tree Studio, Beyond Boundaries and Africa Bound. Participants volunteer with PACE-Ghana in Worawora for 2 weeks to a month or as their flexible time demand. During this period you get opportunity to live in a local community and follow the daily routine. You get a chance to volunteer in the community hospital, teach, renovate schools and participate in other various program offer by PACE-Ghana. Participate conduct training and activities with adult education students, tutor students and host one on reading sections with students and children at the Okyeame Memorial Community Library.
Participants work with the local community members to improve their living conditions and at the same time gain wonderful and rich experiences learning about the life style, food, language, Ghana history. Also, having a chance to participate in educational tour to historical sites such as Cape Coast Slave Castle, Elmina Slave Castle, Kakum National Park, Wli Fall and Kumasi. If you are interested and would like to know more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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