Stories: Ghana

  • These Women Bring Light and Clean Water to Their Community in Ghana

    A water dugout the size of a few football fields stands just outside the village of Kuruguvuhuyayili, in northern Ghana. People use the muddy water for cooking, cleaning, bathing and drinking--as do the livestock. The combination of standing water and a place where animals defecate is a health nightmare. But it’s not for the village located about 10...

  • This Program Actually Graduates People Out of Extreme Poverty

    Livestock, cash support and training help the ultra-poor escape extreme poverty. A new research paper combining findings from studies on what is called the graduation model conducted in six countries found that the lives of the ultra-poor markedly improved because of the program. Not only that, gains remained in key areas like food security and household assets ...

  • Tourists Abandon Ghana Despite Its Successes Against Ebola

    Each evening the fishermen set out in their hand-carved wooden boats. By nightfall, the horizon is dotted by a long row of small lights, their own constellation. Fish are caught, the haul is sold in markets and life continues. But one group is noticeably absent from Elmina and other towns along Ghana’s coast – tourists. ...

  • To Get People to Build Toilets, Turn to Subsidies

    The one public bathroom in Ponkrum collapsed a few years ago. An effort to build a new one yielded a large pit that is used for trash, not defecation. For the people living in the small village near the Ghanian coast, there is no other option than going out in the open. They are a part of the 15 percent...

  • Mobile Midwife Empowers Ghanaian Women

    Faith-based organizations have been working in international development for decades impacting areas of access to clean water, child protection, disaster response, food and agriculture, education, health and economic development. With the expansion of mobile technology across the African continent, the possibilities of using cell phones to reach vulnerable populations is drastically improving access to health care and empowering communities. World...