Projects
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Ongoing Projects
Wioso Senior Highschool
Alma Mater Education (AME)

Wioso, Ghana
TGF Pilar: Academic Education
Project period: 2018 - present

The Organization:
AME, a UK charity since 2014, provides education to disadvantaged children, emphasizing sustainability with an organic farming enterprise. Through a unique model in Ghana, it cooperates with the government while ensuring financial independence and maintaining autonomy, notably in paying teachers' salaries, minimizing running costs. The school offers accommodation, extracurricular activities, and pastoral care, fostering self-sufficiency in Wioso, Ahafo Ano South West in Ashanti Region.

The Social Economical Need:
Wioso Senior High School, located in a rural area of Ghana's Ashanti region, was established to offer top-tier secondary education to local youth. With only two secondary schools in the district serving a population of around 65,000, many students end their education after primary school due to limited access to secondary education. A significant challenge nationwide is that many students lack opportunities to pursue tertiary education after completing secondary school. In response, AME implements scholarship programs to support students' educational journeys beyond secondary education.

The Approach:
Alma Mater has cultivated an inclusive, student-centered approach aimed at maximizing each student's potential. Our faculty members are empowered to devise innovative teaching methods that actively involve students, integrating the local environment into the learning process.

The Impact:
The impact of the school and its students is immeasurable. Not only do the students have the opportunity to pursue further education where possible, but they also acquire skills to secure gainful employment and provide for themselves and their families. The focus on girls' health and well-being is significantly influencing the future of local society in the area. The school has provided a significant economic boost to the region with graduating over 750 students, and up to 97% of them gaining access to tertiary studies.
The school is currently attended by 351 pupils, 199 of whom are girls (May '24).

For example, with the support of TGF, Alma Mater Education will produce the first female medical doctor in our district: Priscilla, who is currently studying Physician Assistant courses at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
    Photocredits: Florian Schüppel
    • Dennis Oduro Akomeah
      Project Director at Alma Mater Education
      based in Ghana
    • Jenny Harris
      CEO at Alma Mater Education
      based in UK

    Wioso Health Center (WHC)
    & Maternity Ward

    Wioso, Ghana
    TGF Pilar: Health Care & Well-Being
    Project period: 2020 - present

    The Organization:
    The Wioso Health Centre (WHC) is located at the western edge of Wioso Village. It was established as a health centre around 40 years ago. Doctor Naydia, the head Physician Assistant at WHC and the nurses at the clinic are serving about 7.000 people to ensure medical care for the farming community including the students from Alma Mater Education and St. Joseph schools. The next bigger and well equipped hospital is a 45 minutes drive away. The main patient group are children between ages 1-5. They regularly suffer from malaria and can get treated for free at the clinic.

    The Social Economical Need:
    Unsafe deliveries in Ghana's Ashanti Region are a significant concern due to high maternal mortality rates. Lack of skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care contribute to this issue. A well-equipped Maternity Center with trained staff is crucial to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths, mitigate economic impacts, and promote social well-being in communities.

    The Approach:
    Together with our partners we made up plans to construct a new maternity ward for the women in the community. Construction started in 2021 and finished in August 2022. The new maternity ward has 2 labour rooms with 4 beds a separate toilet and washing room for the women and space for 8-10 more women post-labour or pre-labour and for check ups. The centre will also be a hub for sexual education and female health advocacy in the region.

    The Impact:
    Together we could significantly enhanced the facility's infrastructure, equipment, and logistics, resulting in improved services for clients. Roof elevation and ceiling changes have resolved leakage issues, while the construction of emergency and laboratory units has expanded space and service offerings. Washroom renovations have enhanced sanitation, with additional facilities suggested. The modern maternity complex has replaced the congested unit, leading to increased attendance and skilled deliveries.
    The outpatient department attendance has increased from a little over 4.000 in 2021 to 9.549 in 2023.
    Skilled Delivery has increased from 150 in 2021 to 198 in 2023.
      • Dr. Naydia Marty
        Physician Assistant
        Head of the Wioso Health Centre
      • Deborah "Debbie" Armah
        Head midwife
        Head of the new maternity ward
      Photocredits: Florian Schüppel

      St. Joseph School
      Wioso, Ghana
      TGF Pilar: Academic Education
      Project period: 2018 - present

      The Organization:
      St. Joseph's School was established in Domeabra in 2001. The problem of unequal educational opportunities and the lack of quality education for the rural child is what motivated the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny (which began in France in 1807) to start St. Joseph's School. The goal was to increase life opportunities for rural children. It's major focus is to foster the dignity of the human person and it does so mainly through education and the provision of equal opportunities for all. Since St. Joseph's School was established, over 1.000 children from the village and neighbouring villages have had the opportunity of receiving quality primary education with about 95% children completing their basic education.

      The Social Economical Need:
      Domeabra, located in the Ahafo-Ano South-West District of the Ashanti Region in Ghana, is a rural farming community with approximately 5.000 residents. Similar to many villages in Ghana, Domeabra faces limited opportunities compared to urban areas. At the inception of St. Joseph's School, the community lacked essential amenities like electricity, proper roads, and clean drinking water. Education was also a challenge, with few teachers willing to stay due to the village's deprived conditions, resulting in limited access to education beyond primary school. This disparity in educational opportunities between rural and urban areas hinders future job prospects and economic development. Though, providing quality and affordable education to children in Domeabra can significantly improve their life opportunities and reduce poverty levels.

      The Approach:
      The school's main strength lies in its strict supervision of teaching and learning, discipline, and instilling a sense of purpose in the children. Regular in-service training for teachers ensures they are effective in facilitating learning. With support from the Toni Garrn Foundation and other donors, the school has expanded its reach through a school bus service, received renovations, solar lights, a water pump, and a new biodigester toilet facility. As part of its sustainability plan, the school aims to initiate a mixed farming project to enhance nutrition and generate income.

      The Impact:
      St. Joseph's School has significantly impacted the lives of Domeabra's residents and its surroundings. Academically, approximately 95% of students have completed secondary school, with about 68% progressing to tertiary institutions. Financial constraints prevented 5% from attending secondary school and 32% from accessing tertiary education.
      Nonetheless, the school stands as a success story, providing quality education and serving as a model for nearby schools, inspiring academic excellence. Additionally, it has empowered the local community through job creation, offering in-service teaching training for interested youth, and engaging in climate change initiatives.
      The school is currently attended by 348 pupils, 161 of whom are girls (May '24).
        • Sr. Juliet
          Head of St.Joseph's School
        Photocredits: Florian Schüppel

        Abato Foundation Uganda
        Abato School & Pearl of Africa Highschool
        Mpigi, Uganda
        TGF Pilar: Academic Education
        Project period: 2019 - present

        The Organization:
        Since 2011, Abato Foundation has spearheaded community transformation in Mpigi, Uganda, providing affordable healthcare and education to thousands. Originally small, it's now a recognized force by both state and non-state actors, empowering youth for development. Initially focused on children, Abato now targets women and youth due to project overlap. Founded by Moses Kalanzi and a team of 7, it began supporting education for the poorest children, now offering quality education to over 1.600 kids in 12 years. In 2021, the Pearl of Africa High School was established to bridge gaps in secondary education accessibility, aiming to prevent student dropouts and empower future generations for African development.

        The Social Economical Need:
        Access to quality education especially for girls in Uganda is still a great challenge as there still remains glaring disparities. Although the number of girls in school has increased over the last 10 years, many are still edged out due to lack of access to an enabling environment. Many schools lack qualified teachers, textbooks, science equipment, sports amenities and proper hygiene facilities which affects the quality of education.

        The Approach:
        The approach of Abato integrates health care, education, and economic empowerment for holistic community development. This unique and sustainable model involves community input in planning and implementation. Projects are tailored to local needs, informed by research and national and global goals like the Sustainable Development Goals. Abato aims to empower youth to drive development in Uganda and beyond, ensuring their meaningful participation in decision-making.

        The Impact:
        Currently, the Abato school is attended by 378 pupils, 199 of whom are girls. Additionally 263 students (160 girls) attending 'Pearl of Africa Highschool' to receive secondary education, resulting in a total of 641 pupils receiving education under the umbrella of Abato Foundation Uganda (May '24).
          Kingdom Medical Center (KMC)
          operated by Abato Foundation Uganda
          Mpigi, Uganda
          TGF Pilar: Health Care & Well-Being
          Project period: 2020 - present

          The Organization:
          Abato's Kingdom Medical Center was established in 2018 as a small clinic serving mainly pupils from Abato Junior School. The facility is now a Level three Health Center licensed by the Ministry of Health in Uganda to reach more than 1.800 people in its catchment area.
          Our Medical Center has been able to upgrade to a Level Three medical Facility with several departments including but not limited to Dental, Diagnostic, Maternity, Out-patient and In-Patient departments offering a wide range of services with the exception of surgery.

          The Social Economical Need:
          Although Uganda has made available free medical care at it's government-run institutions, access to quality health care for the country's poorest is still very lacking. The national health care system is strained by several barriers which include long waiting time, early closing of essential health facilities, drug stock outs, lack of adequate healthcare workers in the facility, lack of ambulances, lack of privacy due to infrastructure deficits, poor sanitation in health facilities and poor-quality service delivery.

          The Approach:
          Kingdom Medical Center offers holistic healthcare through three main programs:
          1. quality medical services onsite
          2. free annual medical camps targeting specific health issues
          3. and regular community health outreach visits facilitated by ambulances.
          Their initiatives aim to provide accessible and comprehensive care to improve community well-being.

          The Impact:
          Till date (May '24), Kingdom Medical Center has treated over 5.000 patients, addressing prevalent ailments like red eyes, respiratory infections, peptic ulcers, dental issues, and malaria. This year (2024) alone 40 pregnant women received essential medical care, contributing to improved community health and well-being.

          Since this year we are pleased to be working together with "Eau Thermale Avène" to focus on the renovation of the Medical Centre. Take a look here to find out more about the collaboration.
            "Girls On A Mission" (GOAM)
            Empowerment Center

            operated by Abato Foundation Uganda
            Mpigi, Uganda
            TGF Pilar: Skill Based Training & Adult Education
            Project period: 2019 - present

            The Organization:
            The Girls On A Mission Women Empowerment Center was established in 2019 as a Skill-based training centre providing vocational skills, training and business education to women and girls in the community to be able to support themselves out of poverty. The Centre is also a safe space for women to receive psychosocial counseling.

            The Social Economical Need:
            Women constitute the largest population of Ugandans by gender yet their participation in the distribution of resources, decision-making, and education is still comparatively low. The commonest challenges to women in Uganda include lack of education and training, restricted financial access, gender discrimination, negative cultural views and norms, legal concerns and and an overall negative attitude about women's roles.

            The Approach:
            GOAM addresses these challenges through three main programs:
            Mentor: Through this program they walk with women at different stages in their lives by connecting them to mentors who provide practical advice and mentorship to girls in schools and universities. This is a big-sister program where professional women mentor those at university, who also in turn mentors those at secondary school, who also mentors those at Primary school.
            Inspire: This is to help women access financial capital for small-scale business, receive training in business and vocational skills as well as encourage women save money for future use.
            Defend: Through this, they work in partnership with state and non-state actors to address Gender-based violence amongst women and girls in our communities. We also support girls with menstrual management resources in schools and run girls' talks every week in different primary and secondary schools.

            The Impact:
            Over 20 Million Uganda shillings (almost 5.000 EUR) has been saved since 2019 through the women's saving scheme and several women have been able to buy land, start businesses and get their children through school up to university.

            The Empowerment Center has graduated more than 300 women and girls with a Training Certificate in a vocation skill of their choice.
              • Moses Kalanzi
                Director & Coordinator
                Abato/ Pearl Of Africa
              • Kirabo Kalanzi
                CEO & Coordinator
                Women Empowerment Centre
              • Eria Kalule
                Project Coordinator
                Kingdom Medical Center

              Village Health Works (VHW) &
              Kigutu International Academy
              Kigutu, Burundi
              TGF Pilar: Healthcare & Well-Being
              Project period: 2018 - present

              The Organization:
              Village Health Works (VHW) is a nonprofit active in Burundi, East Africa. Its mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care and education in a dignified environment while also addressing the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect. Collaborating with those it serves, VHW integrates health care with education, food security, and other areas. The Kigutu International Academy (KIA) is a VHW initiative educating a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial young leaders.

              The Social Economical Need:
              As a landlocked nation with a population of 13 million, Burundi faces a myriad of challenges including poverty, inadequate diets, population growth, environmental degradation, climate-related shocks, and gender inequality in resource access. Chronic malnutrition, especially among children under 5 and pregnant or breastfeeding women, is a pressing issue. Despite recent progress, school dropout rates remain alarmingly high.

              The Approach:
              VHW's healthcare approach expanded from primary care to community-based activities, including prevention and patient support at home via 200+ Community Health Workers. Recently, it further expanded with the opening of a training hospital. In education, VHW enhances classroom instruction quality through teacher training and creates a conducive learning environment by improving facilities and providing basic services like nutritious meals.

              The Impact:
              Clinic consultations at VHW increased from around 10.000 in 2008 to over 55,.000 in 2023, with 200+ Community Health Workers (CHWs) conducting over 76.000 household visits. VHW operates a vibrant preschool, the first in the area, alongside a Girls Empowerment Program and an English Access Program for high school students region-wide.
              In 2023, it served over 31.500 meals to students of all ages, and anticipates the first KIA class graduation in July 2024.
                • Deogratias Niyizonkiza
                  CEO and VHW Founder
                • Dr. Alice Rwamo
                  KIA Head of School and
                  Director of Education Programs
                • Leonidas Ntibinonoye
                  Deputy Head of School

                Upcoming Projects
                "Action for Women in Development" (AWID)
                Yumbe, Uganda
                TGF Pilar: Skill Based Training & Adult Education
                Project period: expected from 2024

                The Organization:
                "Action for Women in Development" (AWID) is a Community Based Organization advocating for vulnerable families in Yumbe, northern Uganda since 2023. It aims to empower women and girls, eradicate poverty, and create lasting solutions through partnerships with local and international organizations. AWID envisions a world where all women and children have equal opportunities to thrive, with the overall goal to achieve social justice and disrupt the socioeconomic patterns that perpetuate negative effects on women, girls and the marginalized people.

                The Social Economical Need:
                The COVID-19 crisis worsened inequality, pushing more people into poverty. AWID aims to address this by promoting economic, social, and environmental value. It focuses on empowering communities, especially women and youth, through inclusive governance and social-economic initiatives. AWID plans to establish a Multi-Skills Training Center and measure its impact beyond traditional indicators, fostering resilience and social progress.

                The Approach:
                AWID aims for sustainable socio-economic development by adapting to changing market conditions. Strategies include enhancing resource potential, intensifying innovation, and aligning management systems with environmental challenges. The goal is to ensure competitiveness and dynamic growth while embracing sustainability. AWID's approach emphasizes local empowerment, job creation, and social cohesion, with a focus on marginalized groups. Adapting to evolving trends and priorities, AWID seeks to balance competitiveness with sustainability, driving long-term community transformation.

                The Impact:
                AWID's programs in sewing, literacy, and baking are expected to increase income by 5 - 10%. Financial analysis will confirm these gains. Economically, 450 women should become self-employed, impacting 1.000 households positively. Socially, the project will foster community organization and empowerment, uplifting 450 females. It will also enhance social impact by instilling skills and knowledge, enabling beneficiaries to create positive change in their communities.
                  • Amina Likicho
                    Founder and CEO of AWID

                  Totya Platform
                  Gomba, Uganda
                  TGF Pilar: Healthcare & Well-Being
                  Project period: expected from 2024

                  The Organization:
                  Founded in 2018, Totya Platform is a community-based organization providing support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. They offer emergency medical aid to prevent HIV and unplanned pregnancy, as well as treat injuries and infections acquired as a result of rape. Additionally, they provide online (through a toll-free helpline) and in-person trauma counseling, along with legal aid to pursue justice for survivors. Furthermore, they raise awareness and advocate for a swift response to sexual violence to prevent such incidents within the communities.

                  The Social Economical Need:
                  According to the Uganda Police Crime Report 2022, 35% of all girls below 18 years experience sexual violence daily in Uganda, significantly impacting their psychological, social, and economic well-being. The culture often stigmatizes victims, making it difficult for them to seek help. Moreover, victims also face medical costs and disruptions in education or work, which further hinders their economic stability.

                  The Approach:
                  Totya Platform addresses sexual violence in Uganda through a multifaceted approach, offering emergency medical care to prevent HIV and pregnancy, as well as treating infections and injuries. Additionally, they provide psychological support to help survivors heal from trauma and offer legal assistance to pursue justice. Their efforts extend to education and awareness campaigns aimed at preventing violence and empowering communities, creating a supportive environment for survivors to heal and thrive.

                  The Impact:
                  As of April 2024, Totya Platform has provided emergency medical care to 1,038 survivors of sexual violence, conducted over 10,000 online counseling sessions, and carried out 784 home monitoring visits. Additionally, they have taken legal action against 550 perpetrators of sexual violence, resulting in 179 convictions.

                  Their outreach efforts have reached a population of over 50,000 through various awareness initiatives, including 50 community awareness events, 9,855 local radio station announcements, and 110 school awareness events. Furthermore, they have trained 100 change influencers and community volunteers to further spread awareness and support survivors.
                    • Janet Aguti
                      Founder and CEO of Totya
                    • Susan Ejang
                      Senior Programs Coordinator,
                      Psycho-social Department

                    "Little AME" Villiage School
                    Wioso, Ghana
                    TGF Pilar: Academic Education
                    Project period: expected from 2024

                    The Organization:
                    AME Basic School is situated in the impoverished farming community of Nfawanito-Fawoadwen in the Ahafo Ano South-West district of Ashanti, Ghana. The community is primarily composed of peasant farmers, with some cultivating cash crops like cocoa. The school, located 3km from Wioso Senior Highschool (see above), is registered with the Ghana Education Service and was established by a philanthropist to provide education to children aged 2-13 years from farming hamlets. Currently, the school has 135 students and employs two permanent and two part-time teaching staff members.

                    The Social Economical Need:
                    Investing in a basic school within a poor farming community is crucial for its social and economic development, yielding benefits that reach beyond individuals to the broader community and society. Such investment reduces child labor, allowing children to concentrate on learning and skill development, thereby breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Additionally, basic education challenges traditional gender roles, empowering women and girls to engage in economic and social endeavors.

                    The Approach:
                    School lessons are already underway at Little AME. Teachers and pupils are present, but there is a lack of infrastructure, from a safe building structure to toilet facilities. Through the construction of a school building, including a playground and kitchen, we are ensuring safe access to education for over 130 pupils.

                    The Impact:
                    The impact of the school and its students is immeasurable. Quality education provides children with knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities. Previously, there were no schools in the area, and children were engaged in farming. The establishment of a basic school has reduced illiteracy rates, empowering individuals to read, write, and communicate effectively.
                      • Dennis Oduro Akomeah
                        Project Director at Alma Mater Education

                      Completed Projects
                      Plan International Rwanda
                      Bugesera, Rwanda
                      TGF Pilar: Academic Education
                      Project period: 2018 - 2021

                      The Organization:
                      Plan International Rwanda is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children's rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected. Plan International has been operating in Rwanda since 2007 to change harmful gender and social norms as well as policies that hold children back from reaching their potential.

                      The Social Economical Need:
                      In Rwanda, only about half of all children complete primary school. This is due to a number of factors: inadequate school equipment, poor teaching quality, the poverty of many parents and child labour. Early childhood development is also a critical issue. Although the foundations for successful learning in primary school are laid in pre-school, the enrolment rate in kindergartens and pre-schools is only 18 percent.

                      The Approach:
                      In Bugesera, two new centers for early childhood development (ECD) were established and 75 community members are currently trained to become caregivers for small children. They are trained in pedagogy and learn about standards for early childhood development and the national curriculum for early childhood education.
                      In addition, 50 young mothers are given vocational and entrepreneurial training so they can earn their living expenses by themselves and ensure that their children receive early childhood education and care.


                      The Impact:
                      This project had an impact on the whole family and community. Giving little children the chance of an early childhood education, they are supported from the very beginning. But also other family members are relieved of their task of taking care of the young ones, enabling them to pursue their own educational goals.
                        Photocredits: Plan International

                        Plan International Zimbabwe
                        Chipinge District, Zimbabwe
                        TGF Pilar: Academic Education
                        Project period: 2016 - 2018

                        The Organization:
                        Plan International Zimbabwe has been operating since 1986 to advance children's rights and equality for girls. They work together with children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle the root causes of the challenges and inequalities that children and young girls face. With a community-driven approach, their work supports vulnerable children, especially girls, to confidently assert their rights and influence policy-making at national, regional and international levels. Through strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations and the government, they reach the most marginalized people.

                        The Social Economical Need:
                        Zimbabwe faces significant challenges including economic instability, high unemployment rates, and food insecurity. Political tensions and human rights violations persist, impacting the overall stability and development of the country. Girls' education is affected, with many facing barriers like poverty and lack of resources, hindering their access to quality schooling.

                        The Approach:
                        Building a girls' hostel in rural Zimbabwe arose from the need to provide safe accommodation for girls, enabling access to education, reducing dropout rates and empowering them with skills for future employment. Living on campus fosters community development, gender equality, and economic growth by investing in the education and well-being of young women, ultimately contributing to a brighter future for Zimbabwe.

                        The Impact:
                        Together with the Plan International Zimbabwe, we improved access to education for girls from the region of Chipinge through this project. At three secondary schools we built girls' dormitories each of which can accommodate 35 pupils. The new dormitories make sure that the girls no longer have to travel a long and dangerous way to school or sleep in unsafe accommodations. At two secondary schools we established washrooms for girls which offer privacy and improved hygiene for 300 girls. Two new classrooms were constructed at the secondary school in Chisuma, thus more children can learn in an adequate learning environment.
                          Photocredits: Plan International/ Lennard Schwarz
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