On the 17th May 2021, volunteers from World Inspiring Network traveled to Tafi Mador in the Volta Region to distribute school uniforms, shoes, bags, and other school supplies to thirty-one children. World Inspiring Network, an NGO based in Accra, was established in 2016 with the intention of empowering children and young people from rural communities. Since its inception, the organization has dedicated itself to the fulfillment of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana, focusing specifically on the provision of quality education.
The group’s recent distribution in Tafi Mador was the culmination of months of hard work and planning. In December, World Inspiring Network began fundraising for their “Send a Child to School” initiative. The initiative aims to support the education of 120 children from four different communities – namely Tafi Mador, Osunu Dompe, Ahomahomasu, and Besebuom – over the course of the next year.
Extreme poverty is endemic in all four target communities, yet they receive very little help from other organizations. Many children lack the resources they need to receive a quality education, and others are not able to attend school at all.
Partnering with GlobalGiving, World Inspiring Network managed to raise over $6,000 USD to help those most in need. The group then worked with each target community to establish selection committees. These committees, consisting of teachers and community elders, selected 30 children from each community.
A number of factors were involved in the selection of children. Many were chosen to participate in the initiative because their parents had passed away, or were unable to work. World Inspiring Network are passionate advocates for the empowerment, inclusion, and equality of women, and requested that the children be selected in a ratio of 60:40 girls to boys.
After receiving student lists, the group purchased stationery, shoes, school bags, and material for uniforms. To promote sustainable development, seamstresses and tailors were selected from within the target communities.
Earlier this year, World Inspiring Network visited all four communities to conduct workshops that emphasized the importance of education. They also distributed hundreds of books; which had been collated by communities across the globe and shipped to Ghana. Currently, more than 617 million children globally leave school without being able to read or write. One-third of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Quality education can be immensely powerful. UNESCO estimates that 171 million people from around the world could escape extreme poverty if every child left school with basic reading skills. By supporting the education of 120 children and emphasizing the importance of learning to four of Ghana’s communities, World Inspiring Network hopes to disrupt intergenerational cycles of poverty.
“I am grateful to all volunteers, donors, and partners, especially Halesowen College UK for their generous donations and support in making the “Send A Child To School” project a reality. The beneficiaries are happy, I am, and I know you are happy also for contributing toward a brighter future for those who are less privileged” – Said, Maxwell Odonkor, Founder of World Inspiring Network during an interview.
“I also want to use this opportunity to thank my hardworking team for their continuous effort in providing equal access to quality education for the deprived. It wouldn’t have been easy without your hard work.” – He added.
Over the coming weeks, World Inspiring Network plans to complete distributions in their three remaining target communities. They also hope to conduct further workshops on the importance of education, fostering understanding and encouraging a greater number of families to support their children at school.