Partnerships for rural Africa
Why focus on rural Africa?
Part of the Africa Our Home mission is to support sustainable development in Togo and in Ghana, West Africa. The International Labor Organization estimates two thirds of Africa’s population live in rural areas depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and 60% are in poverty. Creative ways towards improving the living conditions and income of rural African communities is essential for sustainable development. In this light, Africa Our Home’s Link2Grow project funnels resources and creates avenues for partnerships to support rural farmers in two communities: Blitta, Togo and Ayedwe, Ghana.
Link2Grow in Blitta, Togo
The Royal Tropical Institute asserts investment in smallholder land use is a first step towards poverty reduction. Africa Our Home purchased a hectare of land in Blitta, Togo for Teak Tree Planting. Teak wood is typically cultivated for use in high quality furnishings, for electricity and for telephone poles. Alternatively, tree-planting projects are often encouraged around the world as a way to offset carbon emissions to help curb climate change. Link2Grow in Togo employs local farmers to plant and maintain a growing Teak plantation.
Link2Grow in Ayedwe, Ghana
Our partnership with the community of Ayedwe (meaning “it is hard”), was initiated in 2013 when AOH co-founder directed the Ghana based NGO ProWorld Ghana (PWG). Through a series of meetings with local leadership, including the late Chief, Nana Ayedwe, the PWG-Ayedwe partnership was realized. The relationship commenced with an assessment of over 200 Ayedwe members conducted by 19 PWG interns trained on the “voting beans method”. In 2015 PWG disolved and Africa Our Home integrated Aydwe into it's workplan to implement the goals unearthed during the assessment, e.g. the construction of a multi-purpose center.
The mutually beneficial objectives of the partnership are to work hand-in-hand to engage in projects that improve the quality of life for Ayedwe members while offering impact driven service-learning experiences. The multi-purpose center is the only covered gathering structure(as of 2021) which has resulted in multiple benefits including: 1) space for health outreach workers to conduct vaccinations and screenings; 2) income generating opportunity for wedding/funeral rental and 3) provides space for early childhood eduction programs. Thanks to the generous fundraising support of nursing groups from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, the Ayedwe community was able to start a reading program for children aged 4 to 7 years old. MUSON support provided tables, chairs, writing tablets and a curriculum and one year of support for two local instructors.
Your Role as a Global Citizen
Support economic development for two rural African communities: Blitta and Ayedwe by joining our AOH Global Program as an intern or lead a Custom Group. Work on our teak plantation and educate farmers on best land-use practices. Additionally, help grow our teak plantation through purchase of additional hectares and trees for planting. In Ayedwe, continue the work consecrated by the late Chief Nana Ayedwe to create a healthy community. We continue to advocate for clean water, health outreach, access to farm processing equipment and to create early childhood educational spaces for children who are unable to travel to primary school.