Project #9370

Self Help Young Adult Training Center in Ghana

by Self-Help International
$1,615 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
The Young Adult Training Center provides 6 months of hands-on vocational training for young adults ages 16+, many of whom lack the formal education & trade skills to gain employment. Skilled staff teach the proper care of poultry, rabbits, goats, mushrooms, snails, beekeeping, plus entrepreneurial & business skills to increase income and provide for their families. The center will increase employment by helping 2500 farmers start their own businesses & attain self-sufficiency in the next 5 years


Each year, Ghana faces hundreds of young people migrating into the cities where jobs are limited and unemployment is high. Young male and female farmers want to stay on the farm, but crop production does not provide enough income to meet family demands. Rural farming families lack the means of paying for their children to attend high school and college to break the cycle of poverty. Land rights complicate and limit land availability.


Providing a training center where young farmers can become skilled in animal and other food production will reduce migration by allowing 500 farmers a year to learn new farming practices, become self-employed and increase income. Each agro-enterprise taught at the Training Center requires low land usage and provides high returns, avoiding the problems associated with traditional crop cultivation and access to land.

Long-Term Impact

Within five years after completion of the center 2,500 young farmers will be educated or trained in a trade or skill so they can become self-employed and improve their lives with new income. New skills learned can be extended to their communities directly and indirectly.The impact on other individuals is no less than five-fold. By 2050 it is estimated that 49% of the population will live in Africa. Food must come from small hold farmers to feed this population (World Food Prize Syposium, 2011).

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

Self-Help International

Location: Waverly, IA - USA
Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Executive Director
Waverly, IA United States