Our Work

PADs

The Problem

In our 2019 research, we discovered that girls in Ghana face challenges in their education due to disengagement and poor performance in school. Many girls drop out, and others struggle academically. To understand why many girls don’t attend or complete primary school, we looked into the issue of menstruation.

 

Menstruation is a natural part of life for women and girls all around the world. On average, a woman has about 400 menstrual cycles in her lifetime, which equals over 3,500 days of menstruation. However, many women in Ghana find it difficult to buy menstrual products every month.

 

As a result, many girls in Ghana use unhygienic materials like old clothes or bits of mattresses to manage their periods because they can’t afford disposable pads. Using these materials not only poses health risks but also causes discomfort and a lack of dignity. This can make it hard for girls to focus on their studies and engage positively at school

The Solution

The PADs initiative focuses on helping schoolgirls with their menstrual hygiene and health education needs, by providing period products and information. We make sure to consider the girls’ thoughts and preferences when providing sanitary pads and health education, to make sure we meet their needs effectively.

The Expected Outcome

Our goal is to ensure that girls in the schools we support don’t miss any school days due to a lack of access to menstrual hygiene products or information.

School Supplies

The Problem

The lack of school supplies and teaching materials in Ghana directly affects school children’s education quality. Many students do not have access to essential supplies like textbooks and writing materials. Without these resources, students may have difficulty engaging and participating in class. Additionally, teachers face challenges in delivering high-quality lessons due to the lack of necessary materials and resources to facilitate an interactive and engaging learning environment.

The Solution

We can take a multi-faceted approach to solve the problem of not having enough school supplies and teaching materials in community schools in Ghana.

Equipping Students: The Supply A Student Project gives students basic learning materials like pens, pencils, and exercise books at the start of each term, to support their learning.

 

Supporting Teachers: The Teacher’s Classroom Kit helps teachers by giving them classroom resources. Through this program, teachers receive boxes filled with items needed for a full term of teaching, funded by donors and local partners.

The Expected Outcome

To improve the learning environment for students and enhance student engagement and motivation, we aim to support teachers in delivering quality instruction, ultimately leading to improved academic performance.

Child Rights

The Problem

Child rights in Ghana, especially in the Upper East region, are a big worry. Even though there are laws and rules in place, children and parents don’t fully understand these rights. It’s sad that in 2022, some parents send their young children to sell things or do small jobs on the streets instead of making sure they go to school.

Also, there are many cases of children being hurt, and lots of children don’t know who to tell about it. That’s why these bad things often don’t get reported or stopped. Because of these problems, we need to start a project to teach both parents and children about the basic rights that kids should have.

The Solution

Child Rights Training seeks to educate parents about the importance of sending their children to school and providing them with a safe and nurturing environment. Simultaneously, it would empower children with the knowledge and resources to understand and assert their rights. By fostering increased awareness and understanding of child rights, we can strive to create a safer and more supportive environment for the children in the region.

The Expected Outcome

The expected outcome of child rights training for parents, teachers, and children is to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where the rights of every child are respected and upheld. This includes empowering parents, teachers, and children with the knowledge and skills to understand and promote children’s rights, identify and address violations, and advocate for the well-being and protection of all children. The program aims to foster positive relationships and effective communication among parents, teachers, and children, ultimately contributing to a nurturing and rights-respecting community for every child to thrive.

Programs

At Homeland Ghana we work daily with children and have identified some key challenges that they are facing today. Our school programs are developed and designed to address these specific issues.

Workshops at a glance

  • Available for children aged 10+
  • 60 to 90-minute sessions
  • Face-to-face delivery in classrooms
  • Adapted to mixed-year groups
  • By trained and assessed facilitators
  • At no cost to service users (students or schools)

“We understand that it is very difficult in Ghanaian society and local settings for children to want to go to school. We aim to make sure that once children are in the school setting, they can learn and learn at their best.”

Rhoda Agilinko

Founder & CEO