BFG is a registered charity under the social welfare and district assembly in Agona Swedru, Ghana. We operate for the vision of making a better Ghana through the support of education in every possible way. Our main goal is to provide a safe environment for learning and a better education for African children. Our volunteering placements are divided into four categories: clinical, teaching, outreach and building projects. Most placements are in rural areas because these are the areas where help is needed the most. Most rural schools and clinics also are lacking in human resources, especially teachers and nurses. Unlike many volunteer organizations, we charge no fees to volunteers to work with us. The volunteer will only need to pay for a homestay and also fundraise for the project they are to work on while they are in Ghana.
Clinical volunteers will be placed at a small hospital in Swedru, called the Nsaba Polyclinic. Polyclinics are more common than full-scale hospitals and are easily accessible by the local populations. They treat common illnesses such as malaria and fever, minor physical injuries and also provide maternity services. Severe illnesses or injuries are normally referred to bigger hospitals. While healthcare professionals are most welcome, you do not need to have formal medical training to be a clinical volunteer.
From nursery to junior high school, many public schools in Ghana lack the resources that private schools have to provide quality education. A teaching volunteer must be able to understand and express him or herself clearly in English, the official language of Ghana. The only additional requirement is that the volunteer have some general knowledge of creative arts, reading skills, math and general sciences and have at least completed studies on a secondary level.
This is a project where volunteers will travel to small rural areas to give school materials to children in need. One of the biggest problems in village is that many of the children go to school on bare foot with no more than a few items of a set of school materials that are internationally taken as standard, such as pens, pencils, books and school bags. In providing the materials that are lacking, BFG hopes to encourage more children in villages to go to school. Outreach volunteers may also be asked to make presentations for HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness. Relevant materials will be provided, though the volunteer is welcome to share his or her own materials as well.
Building or Renovation Project
Once a year BFG renovates or builds a school in rural areas. In the two years since BFG has been established, we have renovated two schools. Due to our low funds our building projects are currently limited to one per year, but we hope this will change in the future! The only requirement for a building project volunteer is to be physically capable of moving at a construction site. Physical strength is a bonus.
Most of our project sites are in the rural areas around agona swedru ( Agona swedru is roughly an hour drive from the capital, Accra ). This is because your help is needed more in such areas. Bobikuma is in the Agona west district of ghana with a population of about 5,000. The major occupation in the town is cocoa farming. There ia electricity and running water in the town. Kwaman is a town near Bawjuase in the Awutu Senyah district in the Central region. It is about a 30-minute drive from Agona Swedru. The population of the town is around 5,000. Most of the people in this village are farmers growing pineapples and cassava. It is a very quiet town with electricity and borehole. Akwakwah is a village located on the bawjuase nkwata road. Roughy 35 minutes drive from agona swedru. There is electricity and runnunig water at the village. And it is also a farming area. Nsaba is small town which is about 20 minute drive from agona swedru. There is running water and electricity in the town. With a population of about 3,000.
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