Self Help Young Adult Training Center in Ghana

May 2, 2014

Local students visit training center

Junior high students visit training center
Junior high students visit training center

In March, students and staff from Toase Roman Catholic Junior High School paid a two-day educational visit to the Frances Mueller and Virginia Lageschulte Young People's Training Center in Ghana.

SHI Training Center Manager, Justice, explained projects and training programs to visiting students. They learned about the mushroom growing program including the development of compost for mushrooms. Students also learned about the production, care and management of snails, rabbits, grass cutters and poultry.

In all 35 students (17 females and 18 males) and three teachers (two males and one female) visited the center.

Your generous support provides new educational experiences and training for current and future students from Toase Junior High School and other schools like it. Thank you for your donation.

Students learn about composting
Students learn about composting
Justice, center manager, speaks to students.
Justice, center manager, speaks to students.


Jan 31, 2014

Abass continues to make progress

Abass inside the incubation house
Abass inside the incubation house

Abass Kwarteng graduated from high school in 2007, but due to financial constraints he was unable to further his education. In March 2013, he enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Training Center and is now enjoying success as a small business owner.

After successful completion of his training at the center in June, Self-Help International granted Abass a loan of $250 to start a mushroom business. By September, Abass had hired an employee and just begun to build his incubation and cropping houses using materials he found locally. A visit by SHI staff in January 2014 showed a new and different picture. Construction is complete and Abass’s mushroom business is on sound footing.

Many young people, men and women, are on the streets of Kumasi and Accra looking for non-existent jobs. Some engage in robbery and prostitution. Abass could have been one of them. Thanks to courses offered at the Frances and Virginia Training Center he is not. Abass is confident in what he is doing and the sky is his limit.

Thank you for your assistance. Your kindness has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.

Sterilization unit
Sterilization unit


Nov 4, 2013

Training Centre Produces a Young Entrepreneur

Abass at his inoculation and incubation house.
Abass at his inoculation and incubation house.

Abass Kwarteng, 33, completed high school in 2007 but was unable to go further as his mother, a single parent, could not marshal the needed financial resources.  Due to his low level of education he could not secure himself any reliable employment. He moved from one menial job to another.  He had a vision of becoming self-employed but he had limited ideas and funds.

In March 2013, Abass enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Young Adults Training Center to broaden his knowledge and skills in mushroom production. He completed his training in June and immediately acquired a parcel of land to start mushroom farming in his village. Using local materials Abass has constructed inoculation and incubation rooms, a composting floor, and a cropping house.

Currently Abass has one employee, Ahmed Mahmud who is 26 and a basic school graduate. Mahmud believes that a day spent at the center keeps him out of trouble and on a path to success.

In September 2013 SHI granted a loan of $250 to Abass for the purchase of spores, plastic bags, and other materials for the initial production.

Abass says there is a ready market for mushrooms. He plans to sell to hotels and restaurants in Kumasi and its surroundings.

Thanks for your kindness and consistent support. Your help has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.

Composting floor
Composting floor
Aug 2, 2013

Classes underway at new training center

Trainees weigh sawdust for composting
Trainees weigh sawdust for composting

The first class began at the Ghana Training Center for Young Farmers in March with 21 trainees who received technical and hands-on training in an effort to increase income.

The trainees learned about the care and managment of poultry. The next training session will include rabbits.

Trainees are currently digging and cementing a surface for a mushroom shed. Basic training began with Robert Arthur, mushroom specialist, to develop compost for mushrooms.

Students told the staff of Self-Help they are satisfied with the performance of the instructors and are happy to be part of the training. There is a great deal of enthusiasm about the possibilities training will offer each of them for their future.

Your support of the Ghana Training Center for Young Farmers have made these classes and opportunities possible. Thank you for your generosity.

An instructor explains the process to students
An instructor explains the process to students


May 3, 2013

For Barrison, the search is over

Barrison Kofi Kamo
Barrison Kofi Kamo

Barrison is a trainee at the Self-Help International (SHI) Young Adults Training Center. He travels 16km twice weekly to the center, sometimes on foot. He shares his story …

My name is Barrison Kofi Kamo. I am 36 years and married with a child. Professionally I am a farmer and mason.

There isn’t much land in my community to expand my 5 acre cocoa farm. My services as a mason are virtually not needed in my community. The people live in mud houses that they build themselves.

For several years I have been looking for alternate livelihood. Individuals and groups, including government agencies, have made empty promises. Some even collected money from me but never delivered.

I received the news about the SHI Young Adults Training Centre with a bit of skeptism. I have visited the center three (3) times and I am convinced that my search for an alternate livelihood is over. I recommend the center to every Ghanaian, especially, the youth who are looking for non-existing jobs in the cities.

Thank you for being a part of Barrison's story. With your support of the Young Adults Training Center in Ghana young people in Ghana can find the job training they need to support their families.


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