The Wulugu Project, Ghana
Wulugu, a village in the far north of the Northern Region of Ghana, is extremely remote and difficult to reach by road. It is also tremendously poor: over 60% of the population live in poverty. Girls face a bleak future, and are forced to leave school and home to go and live in the Southern Region.
There, they take menial jobs and face a lack of accommodation and food. They are far away from their families and vulnerable to human traffickers and men who offer housing, are forced into prostitution and to hand over their earnings. Many sleep on the streets. Many more contract terminal diseases and barely get back to their villages to die.
Teachers, meanwhile, assigned by the government to work in the Northern Region (an area about 27,000 square miles, thus larger than, for example, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire combined – or three times the size of Wales), often see it as a punishment.
Teachers are expected to work without pay for considerable stretches. Food shortages are frequent, there is often no electricity, a lack of medical services, poor roads, and water comes not at all or in long-lasting and destructive floods.
Housing, too, is scarce. Women teachers assigned to the region can be forced to live with local men. They are taken as extra wives and abused. Many run away. Without teachers, schools close and children lose their education. It spirals on and on and down.
INTO is making a stand for teachers and for their pupils. With a donation of £6,100 ($8,900 USD) we are repairing the teachers’ quarters for six teachers, of whom five are women. This will help make teachers feel safe and will encourage them to stay. It will lift the morale of teachers, and therefore the classroom learning experience of around 100 Wulugu girls 5-12-years-old.
INTO’s fundraised support will be allocated specifically to building costs, such as doors, cement, timber, paint and the cost of masons, carpenters and painters.