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 Children  Ghana Project #4027

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
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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Charles July 27 - Before
Charles July 27 - Before

Early this summer, while the Self-Help staff was visiting the women at Ohene Nkwanta for its micro-credit program, they noticed a very malnourished child sitting beside his mother, Janet. His stomach was terribly distended, with frail arms and legs. Immediately following the meeting, project officer, Benjamin, met with the mother to learn more about the family. 

Three-year-old Charles is one of four children. Janet explained that Self-Help loans have been a Godsend as she is better able to provide for her children. At the time, however, Charles’ malnourishment was beyond what she was capable of improving. Self-Help stepped in to provide the mother with QPM (quality protein maize) porridge and vitamins for Charles, in an effort to alleviate his health issues. Self-Help also provided Janet with a loan so that she could purchase health insurance for the entire family.

As you can see from the photos, on July 27, before Charles was given porridge and vitamins, he faced serious health problems. The second photo taken only one month later, August 31, already shows a transformation taking place!  More support is needed for Charles, but he is improving, and we will keep track and share with you his progress.

Thank you so much for caring for children like Charles. The vitamins are truly making a difference!

Charles Aug. 31 - After
Charles Aug. 31 - After
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