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End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana

by Self-Help International
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End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
End Malnutrition for 600 Children in Ghana
Kobby
Kobby

In 2012, Self-Help International came into contact with Kobby (5) who had lost both parents at the age of two. Since then, he has been under the care of his aging grandmother, Agartha. He was visibly malnourished at the time and was put on the SHI feeding program. After being given high quality protein maize and vitamins, Kobby’s conditions improved tremendously.

Agartha confessed that although she is a strong believer in God, there were times when she feared for her grandson’s life.  Thanks to SHI, regular intake of quality protein maize and vitamins restored her hope for Kobby.


At the start of the 2013/2014 school year, Kobby enrolled in Kindergarten at the Worapong Basic School. Agartha tells SHI that the feeding program is what launched “Satellite Kobby” into orbit. Because of his improved health condition, Agartha believes Kobby will be able to experience many other places and things in his life. He has already promised to buy her a tractor for her farm when he is older.

Thanks to your generosity, Kobby and many other children in Ghana will be able to live a healthier life. With your help, we are able to work towards our mission “to alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves”. Thank you for your support.

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A student reads a poem during the Open House
A student reads a poem during the Open House

Recently the Amanchia Roman Catholic Primary School held its first Open House since it was established in 1920.

Attendance was overwhelming. Chiefs, Educational Officers, parents, government representatives, political party representatives, NGOs, citizens of Amanchia and many people who had passed through the school were there to celebrate the occasion.

The event featured speeches, poetry recitals, drama and choreographed dances school children up to Grade Two. In his opening speech, the Headmaster of the School, Mr. Victor Owusu thanked Self-Help International for the support given to the school. He was particularly happy about the feeding program as it has helped to increase enrollment by 10 percent. More pre-school kids attend school since the introduction of the feeding program.

According to the staff of Self-Help International,  all the children who participated in the Open House  performances have one thing in common, they eat breakfast prepared from Quality Protein Maize.  Protein plays a major role in the formation and development of their brain.

District Director of Education Cosmos Dzansi, also in attendance at the event, requested for deeper collaboration between Self-Help and the Ministry of Education so that more children in the district could benefit from the feeding program. He later presented a certificate of appreciation to Self-Help on behalf of the school.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at Amanchia Roman Catholic Primary as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Recognition for the feeding program
Recognition for the feeding program

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Francis, Patrick, Constance and Vida.
Francis, Patrick, Constance and Vida.

A lot of good things are said about Self-Help International’s (SHI)  Children’s Feeding Program. Emelia, a KG instructor at Bedaabour Basic School tells Self-Help the feeding program has increased school enrolment from 90 to 150 within a year.

According to Emelia, the children come to school early, the frequent requests to leave during lessons has reduced, and some of the children keep their pocket money.

The staff of SHI had a chat with four children who know how beneficial the feeding program is. Francis, 6; Patrick,
7; Constance, 6; and Vida, 5, are exceptionally grateful.

When asked, “What would you like to say to the people helping to give you breakfast?” They responded  with big smiles and said, ”We like the food and they should please continue.”

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at Bedaabour Basic School as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Emelia and children
Emelia and children

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Kobby is thriving!
Kobby is thriving!

When Kobby was about 2-years-old he lost both parents. His grandmother, in her 70s and living in Worapong, took responsibility of raising him.

The Self-Help International staff knows Kobby's grandmother who is in the micro-credit program. Realizing her constraints due to age and the great needs of Kobby who appeared undernourished, Self-Help staff members felt they should extend assistance to her plight by providing Quality Protein Maize porridge and other nutrients. As you can see from the photo, Kobby, now three-and-a-half, is thriving and his grandmother is extremely grateful for the assistance to keep her grandson healthy.

On a normal basis our feeding program benefits groups of children, but in some cases when children are found in extreme conditions, Self-Help International will offer one-on-one assistance.

Self-Help was certain our donors through Global Giving would understand this unique situation. It is because of your endless support that we are able to help children like Kobby.

Kobby before Self-Help International's assistance.
Kobby before Self-Help International's assistance.

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Kobriti Kindergartners Enjoying Breakfast
Kobriti Kindergartners Enjoying Breakfast

Kobriti is a small farming village of 500 inhabitants, 7.5 miles from the district capital Ejura. The inhabitants are predominantly settler-farmers who migrated from the northern part of Ghana. Typical of most rural communities, Kobriti lacks the most basic infrastructure, most notably, electricity. The primary school in the village has only three classrooms, built of cement blocks. The remaining classes include a nursery and Kindergarten organized under trees. The school serves children of the Kobriti village as well as several other villages, some as far as 1.5 miles away. Children, as young as two, walk to and from school daily and are required to cross a waterway that can be flowing too fast for crossing. As a result, children are unable to attend classes for days, possibly weeks, until the water levels decrease. 

Realizing the great benefits that children derived from the school-feeding program organized by Self-Help International the people of Kobriti decided to continue with the program under the strong leadership of Martha Bruckner. When the feeding program was started, on average of 45 children were fed daily. One year later, the impacts of the program were clear as more children continued to turn up for school. The average daily number of children fed increased to 80. The children are fed either breakfast or lunch— prepared from QPM or rice grown locally in the community. The increased enrollment was key in the government’s decision to continue building classrooms in Kobriti.


Members of the community gave the following reasons to explain why they reorganized the feeding program and why it has grown exponentially:

  • Parents and the community as a whole noticed and appreciated the substantial differences in the growth and general well being of the children during periods that they were fed under the program and periods that they were not.
  • School attendance during the feeding period wasfar better than during the period of no feeding.
  • Cases of skin diseases among school childrenwere far lower during the feeding period.

Martha Bruckner, Kobriti’s representative at the district assembly for 12 years, is the driving force behind the community’s development. She is now the District Chief Executive for the Ejura Sekyedumase district.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at the Kobriti School as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Martha with 3 of her adopted children.
Martha with 3 of her adopted children.

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