SINCE 1990

PROJECTS


Our aim at PRO Ghana is always to improve the lives of people in less fortunate situations and underserved communities through innovative projects and initiatives. Below is some of the work we have been involved in and also what we are doing now to continue to uplift communities all across Ghana

CURRENT PROJECTS

Find out more about the projects we are currently undertaking and get involved!!

PAST PROJECTS

Look back at some of the projects we have completed or initiated and handed over to their respective communities

SINCE 1990

HISTORY OF PROJECT REACH OUT GHANA


HEALTH

The first priority was the purchase of a vehicle to be used as a mobile medical clinic. After four years of fundraising in Canada, a Mitsubishi van was initiated by taking part in a National Polio Immunization program in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.

Following this a nurse, a helper and a driver were hired to enable the clinic to make a circuit every month to thirty villages to provide health care for approximately 10,000 people that did not have access to medical care. Free transportation was given to government public health nurses to be able to go to these villages for maternal and child
care. This service was available until a permanent clinic was built in the village of Ashiyie in 2002.

This permanent clinic serviced an area and population of approximately 30,000 people in the Greater Accra area along the road to Dodowa. The mobile clinic still went to remote villages for several years following the opening of the Ashiyie clinic.
The Ashiyie Clinic provided a full laboratory, a pharmacy, a doctor and nurses, resting
rooms for both male and female patients, a baby clinic and clinics for seniors.

Cooperation with government health nurses and with the assistance of Canadian International Development Agency Youth internship Program were incorporated into the daily clinic uses.
In Northern Ghana, clinics were built in the villages of Kabeso, Waie and Bukymondo. The government suggested these villages were in need of medical care. Once the clinics were up and running the government took them over and closed the Bukymondo site even though PRO maintained the clinics.

Occasional daily clinics in both the north and south of Ghana were held whenever volunteer teams came from Canada with the assistance of Ghanaian doctors and nurses in many cases. Twenty-one different years saw day clinics held in villages where no medical care was available. Free medical care and medicines were given and in several cases people were taken to hospitals where their care and medicines were paid for by PRO Ghana. Between 100- 250 people were treated at each day clinic held by these teams and thousands of people were assisted by PRO Ghana clinics.

EDUCATION

In the early 90’s, education of girls was not a priority in Ghana and schooling was not provided for free. A scholarship program was started whereby parents partnered with PRO to pay for the schooling of mainly girls.

Many primary scholarships were given to orphans and needy children in rural villages where there was no PRO Ghana school: eg. Otropke and Bomase. The scholarship program eventually enlarged to include scholarship to nursing schools
with the understanding that the recipients would “pay back” their scholarship by giving 1
year of service to a PRO clinic.


Starting in 1996, a small school was started in the village of Anum. Thatch and bamboo classrooms were erected and eventually a plot of land was purchased with a three room school being built to house kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2. Each year thereafter another classroom was constructed until eventually the school consisted of Kindergarten to
the end of Junior Secondary School (Grade 9). High academic standards gave the school a very high rating with the government. This school was eventually named Wesleyan Academy and at one point had over 250 students.

AGRO FORESTRY & FARMING

From the beginning, we had people who planted small market gardens raising both sweet and hot
red peppers, okra, maize, and tomatoes. A pastor at Otrokpe who had a background in farming had a fairly large plot and produce was sold to help fund local projects and also to assist in feeding of poor people in different areas. We also taught a women’s
literacy project in his church twice a week.

A farming couple that were on the first team to
Ghana in 1995 donated money to start a farm which we called “Eyre Acres”. In 2000, a 10 acre plot was rented on a 20 year lease to develop a Demonstration Farm at the village of Ayikuma. In partnership with the Forestry Department, Teak, Acacia, Neem and Mahogany trees were planted and at the end of the 20 years were cut down and sold.

Mango trees were also planted and after several years the fruit was sold annually to help with sustainability of the project. Other cash crops were planted to help with the sustainability of the farming project as well;
pineapple, okra, peppers, watermelons were all sold at different times. Seedling plants were started and sold to local people and to a government initiative for reforestation of the riverbeds. After a change in Government this part of the program stopped. One year the government bought 80,000 seedlings from our farm.


A partnership in Canada was established with Help the Aged Canada and the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA) with a 3:1 matching funds project that lasted 6 years from 2000- 2006. The funds from this partnership were to benefit the elderly. At that time elderly in Ghana was considered anyone over 55 years of age. Also as part of this partnership, the CIDA Youth Internship program was started with PRO Ghana. In November of 2000 the first of 19 CIDA youth interns in both the fields of Agroforestry and Gerontology came to Ghana for a period of approximately six months each.

A survey was done (the survey was submitted to the World Health Organization and is on file with them) to establish what the needs of the elderly were and income generation topped the list. Village co-operatives were then established in many communities. These co-operatives each consisted
of a minimum of 10 people over the age of 55 who each had access to a minimum of a half an acre of land. Each person was given enough seedling acacia trees to plant their land (approx. 500 seedlings) and 2 mango tree seedlings. It took 3 years for the acacia trees to grow to maturity then they were cut for family firewood or to be sold as an income
generating project. Then from the stump of the trees new growth sprouted and in another three years a new crop was ready to be harvested. The mango seedlings started producing fruit after about 3 years and was used for food for each family.


The partnership money from CIDA funded the infrastructure for building of the clinics, the supplying of some of the clinics needs, the running of the village cooperatives, an advocacy for the elderly program including a weekly radio broadcast on elderly women’s issues, the building of the PRO Ghana headquarters office in Sakumono that included a lending library, the salaries of the agroforestry officer, an accountant, the farm manager and the running of village elderly groups on education of the elderly on issues that affected them.


A book- “Words Fail Me” was written in 2019 by Carole Tanney, Chairperson of the Canadian Project Reach Out board and leader of many of the volunteer teams to Ghana, that documents many of the projects, the people they benefited and many of the other details. The book is available on Amazon.ca.