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SEDARVP-Ghana is a local N.G.O known as Social Education Development and Rural Volunteer program with its head quarters located in the northern part of Ghana.
It is a non-profit making, non-partisan, non-religious, non-racial and non-ethnic centre organization which aims at bringing together all orphanages and street children of Ghana for a better future, empowering women through skills training activities and receiving and placing volunteers to sectors where their services is needed.
As a non-governmental organization, we also aim at promoting good and quality education in all the rural and remote communities in Ghana through volunteers support.
Enhancing good health, knowledge and quality education among rural communities is not left out. We care for and provide assistance to remote areas and the abandon children and orphans living there and sleeping on the streets.
We aim to promote a good social life and dialogue among the local people to enhance good governance amongst themselves.
The promotion of quality healthcare and education in these remote communities came as a result of our numerous trips to all the remote communities, staying with and interacting with the people to truly find out about their constrains as well as their potential.
We realize that education available to these rural communities is very low as a result of inadequate number of teachers. We also realize the absolute need for healthcare that is accessible to these remote areas. These problems are more or less a cancer to all the families, the future and the educational institutions in Ghana, especially the lower and higher level as a whole.
We are obligated to provide superior efforts for our constituents, philanthropists, humanitarians, employees and the communities that we serve.
For our constituencies, we will provide superior social and economic development with integrity and honor being our motivation.
For our philanthropists, humanitarians and contributors, we will consistently and diligently utilize resources and investments to fulfill the vision set forth to empower, citizens, communities and nations in an effort to preserve our global economic future.
For our employees, our greatest asset, we will provide an equal opportunity, challenging but rewarding environment to accomplish our objectives. We will seek a talented and diversified staff with superior work ethics, honesty and integrity to carry-out the organization's mission.
For the communities we serve, we aspire to enhance and empower the lives of mankind through various social, civil and developmental efforts to result in a positive and promising global economic future.
SEDARVP-Ghana mission is to empower our global society by endeavoring in civil, social and economic matters by confronting worldwide economic challenges and oppression to be instrumental in the preservation of our global society and international economics.
To cultivate, educate and empower communities globally to develop and promote individual wellness; while alleviating the economically oppressed through collaboration with local and foreign communities, government, organizations, corporations, philanthropists and humanitarians to aid in the elimination of perpetuating cycles of pessimistic influence and economic oppression.
Cultivating, Educating and Empowering mankind at present will emanate to forthcoming generations for a greater and more promising global future.
In Ghana, as a developing country, many people live and work without being able to affect their own situation.
As a result of numerous trips to the rural and remote communities in northern Ghana, staying and interacting with the people, we found out about their constraints and potentials. We realized that the poor quality of their education and their lack of social living was partly due to the lack of experienced teachers and the minimal opportunity for social interaction. By promoting social development and dialogue among the people we also aimed to enhance good governance in these areas.
We hoped to do this by organizing volunteers from all over the world, who would share their spirit of giving their best to these poor and homeless children and communities, not only in the educational sector, but to other areas of volunteer interest and specialization.
It was our coming together as concerned citizens that gave birth to the organization known today as SEDARVP-Ghana.
Among the inhabitants of northern Ghana 85 out of 100 people are considered poor. The majority of them live in the rural areas without basic infrastructure facilities providing clean drinking water, electricity and good shelter. Most of these people engage themselves in farming which is not a secure income source because of changes in weather, etc.
Many parents do not have the possibility of putting their children in school. This can be due to financial problems, other cultural practices and also because there are few schools in the area. In some areas there are no schools at all. These people and their entire communities are in need of help in all aspects of life, but most especially with quality education.
In Ghana, as a developing country, many people live and work without being able to affect their own situation. Even people who have had the possibility of gaining an education or who have a lot of working experience still cannot be sure to get employment in their field or even in other fields. People with ideas and dreams have no possibility to make them come true despite their hard work.
Our Vision is to help develop Ghana through education and by supporting the locals to reach their goals in developing themselves and their communities.
Our Goals are:
- To assist in the education of underprivileged children in the northern region with the assistance of both local and international volunteers.
- To assist in the education of adults, so they can support their youth in creating a better living situation for their family and country.
- To train the unemployed and underprivileged to be able to attain financial independence in their own town thanks to micro businesses.
- To assist deprived communities through capacity building training.
- To listen to and meet the needs of people in northern Ghana.
- To create awareness and sharing of experience between Ghanaians and people from abroad. Also to instill in Ghanaians the act of volunteerism.
- To develop strategies to initiate and support different development projects based on the requests and needs of locals and with involvement by them. The projects supported are inline with the goals of SEDARVP-Ghana.
- To enable an exchange between different countries in the west and Ghana.
- To evaluate our activities and act on local requests of the organization.
- To recruit, prepare and send volunteers to support the projects of SEDARVP-Ghana.
- To raise funds through donors and subsidiaries in order to build up a network of persons and organizations who can contribute to the realization of the goals.
- To create partnerships between SEDARVP-Ghana and other local NGO's.
Who Makes it Happen
People like you!
SEDARVP-Ghana could not provide shelter, educations and medical services to children in need without our dedicated staff, hard-working volunteers, generous donors, supporters and friends.
Our supporters contribute resources, time and energy to help to make the future brighter for these amazing children.
With your support, SEDARVP-Ghana will continue to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the children and to work to improve their future and their community.
Sedarvp-Ghana Has a Heart
When I see a child walk slowly and then run and hide
Wanting his parents to take the time to allow him to just be small for a little time
I have a heart
When I see the homeless freezing to death on streets in the coldness
Begging tenderly for something to eat or for a pair of shoes to cover their feet
I have a heart
When I see the elderly sitting all alone
Hoping for love and affections they seek from their once beloved
Not having anyone to call their own
Trying hard to adjust after everyone has gone away from them
I have a heart
When I see a baby born innocently into this cruel world
Unknown to them, their bearers left them just a few minutes upon their arrival
Who will care for them?
Is this a blessing from God unto them or a scorn?
Let us protect this innocent ones, shield them from harm and all hurt.
Let us realize what their precious little souls they are worth
That is the Heart of SEDARVP-Ghana
Ghana, the gateway to West Africa, is boarded by the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo, and the Guinean Sea. Ghana has a population of 20 million inhabitants. The capital Accra is situated on the coast in southern Ghana and is very tropical. In contrast, Northern Ghana is very dry.
Language: Ghana has 47 ethnic languages. English is the country's official language and is used for government, education and business affairs.
Currency: Ghanaian cedi (GHS)
Time zone: GMT (UTC0) Summer (DST) GMT (UTC0)
Drives on the: Right
Calling code: 233
Northern Ghana consists of three regions, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Region of Ghana. SEDARVP-Ghana is in Tamale, the Northern Region.
Northern Region: The Northern Region, which occupies an area of about 70,383 square kilometers, is the largest region in Ghana in terms of land area. It shares boundaries with the Upper East and the Upper West Regions to the north, the Brong Ahafo and the Volta Regions to the south, and two neighboring countries, the Republic of Togo to the east, and La Cote d’ Ivoire to the west. Tamale, the regional capital and their paramount chief is entitled Ya-Naa, lives in Yendi the largest village in West Africa. Yendi is 100km east of Tamale.
Upper East Region: Upper East Region is located in the eastern part of northern Ghana. Burkina Faso bound it in the north. It covers an area of 8,842sq.km and has a population of 920,089. The Gruhi, Bulsa, Grushi and Kusasi tribes inhabit upper East region. The regional capital Bolgatanga is inhabited by the Gruhi who speak Grune and their paramount chief is entitled (Bolga Naba) who lives in the capital town.
Upper West Region: The upper west region, which is also the youngest region of Ghana with a total land area of 18,476km square and a population of 573,860, is in the extreme west fringes of northern Gahana. The Wales, Dagabers and Sisalas inhabit the regional capital Wa. The regional capital Wa is inhabited by the Wales who speak wali and their paramount chief is known as “Wa Naa”.
Characteristics of Northern Ghana: One overriding aspect of Ghana is that Southern Ghana had education hundred years before northern Ghana. This resulted in the people of the south having long been affected by money, a better economy, Western education, and Christianity. Resources are finite and this phenomenon has left northern Ghana less developed and with much higher poverty rates.
Economy of Northern Ghana: Poverty is high and widespread and many cannot afford the cost of basic health services. Agriculture remains the predominant sector with over 90% of the productive age group being peasant farmers. Northern Ghana has short and drought resistant trees with large rocky outcrops, such as shea-nut, dawadawa, and baobab, which are very important economic and medicinal resources for the north. Shea-nut is the most important cash crop in the region.
Language of Northern Ghana: Northern Ghana has about twenty languages, and you can tell the community of a Ghanaian if you know his language. Four of the languages are written and studied in our schools. The four are Dagbani, Gonja, Dagaare/wale and Kasem. However there is in every home at list one person that speaks English.
Climate of Northern Ghana: This is tropical with temperatures ranging from a low of 14 degrees Celsius night temperature during the harmattan season to as high as 42 degree Celsius during the hot dry season. The rains begin lightly in April and rise steadily to peak in August then gradually decline by the end of October. The dry harmattan winds engulf the whole region between December and February.
General Infrastructure of Northern Ghana: The state of the roads in the region is generally bad. The only stretches that are tarred are Buipe through Tamale as well as Tamale through Yendi stretches. There has been a significant improvement in telecommunication over the past few years; most of the district capitals can now be reached by telephone.
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