Kurabe is a village on the outskirts of Accra bordering the Central region in Ghana

It is a very beautiful place surrounded completely by big open sky and low, lush mountainous plains.
African farmland.
Their ways are ancient. Simple and Spiritual with a current of tribal, religious and superstitious beliefs running through their veins.
Since history farming has been their way and means of existence. It has been a humble but nevertheless satisfactory system.

They have built their homes from mud, clay and straw and lived without luxury but also without hunger. There is no school and for the children of families with larger farmland, needs and fees are met that enable them to travel, usually by foot to the nearest school 8 kms away past 5 other similar villages. They don’t complain, they laugh a lot, they sing and make joy for they know no other way.

But now even that simple existence has been placed in jeopardy.

Poverty has once again been taken advantage of as the farmlands have been taken over by large farming corporations, the villagers without paperwork or backing have had to sit by and watch, or worse still, swallow pride to do the same or harder work for a much smaller income.

They watch in disbelief as their houses fall down without funds for maintenance, they watch in horror as their children go hungry, get sick and in the worst cases even die.

The main reason that this has been able to happen is ILLITERACY and although we sadly cannot change the past we can and we are giving them hope for a better future.

In August 2007 we started a school for the children. It was outdoors under trees and temporary awnings.
Children also came from the 5 neighbooring villages and we were inundated!
Some of them would arrive as early as 6am to sit and wait for the school to open at 8.30

Of course it was not easy, some days the heat was so intense with very little shade and when heavy rains come we have had to close the school completely, but volunteers came and we give thanks that our Ghanaian teachers are strong of Spirit!
The villagers had hope in us and in their children, and when a 14 year old girl with no previous education learned to read, it was worth every difficult minute.

She was not the only one. The progression of learning has been wonderful and we know that education is a blessing that must be passed on in order to end this cycle of poverty.

We have been able to transfer some of the classes to an old church in the neighboring village of Nsoburi. We have rebuilt some houses and we have purchased 4 plots of land and begun the foundations to build a permanent and suitable school.




The back to school programme is a programme which helps children remain at school when their families are going through difficulties.

Living without support or social welfare, often the first thing to be neglected in fight or flight mode, is a child’s school fees. 95% of the schools in Ghana are private (the government schools are very overcrowded with long waiting lists and still not entirely free) and for low income families, which are the majority, their children’s fees are a massive part of their budget.
To be able to send your children to school here for any indefinite period is seen as a huge achievement.

As area ambassadors Sharon and Chaplain keep watch over the local schools and a number of families who are making every effort for a brighter future by working hard and taking the best care of their children, which includes giving them an education. One thing that we understand is that the days here are not equal. Things can become especially hard during the rainy seasons when outdoor selling becomes problematic or when an unforeseen situation occurs.

This is when we step in with support for a week, month, term or a year. We always make sure that the child has been attending school regularly and make every effort to help the parent/parents get back on their feet to once again take control.
Often it takes no more than paying school fees and supplying books for one term to do this!