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"EDUCATING GIRLS YIELDS A HIGHER RATE OF RETURN THAN ANY OTHER INVESTMENT AVAILABLE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD."

- WORLD BANK

The benefits associated with girls’ education:

  • Reduction of child and maternal mortality

  • Lower birth rates

  • Increase in women political participation

  • Protection of young ladies from HIV/AIDS, abuse and exploitation

Sources: The Global Fund for Women, The World Bank, The Clinton Global Initiative

Mission

Hewalenamo Girls, Inc. is dedicated to providing educational opportunities by financially assisting girls from impoverished families; helping to pay their school fees and seeking to remove the obstacles that keep them from school or cause them to drop out.

Vision

A world in which all girls can lead empowered lives due to their access to education. The hard facts are:

~ In a majority of developing nations, there is little motivation to educate girls especially if they can go to work instead of going to school

~ Girls are often viewed as a burden to be married off as soon as possible while a family may pool resources to move a promising boy forward

~ Education is the key to hope and a better life

Commitment

We seek to combat this problem with a unique, community-based program that offers long-term assistance and support to girls selected by staff and members of the local community as being most in need of help. We are committed to:

~ Improve the quality of lives of underprivileged girls by giving them the opportunity to gain an education now so they will have hope for a better future

~ Empower girls through our annual Empowerment Camp, where they will discover who they are in Christ, focus on building self-esteem, leadership skills, and goal setting

 
 

Who We Serve

 
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Our Community, 
James Town

James Town, the oldest neighborhood of Accra, Ghana, has a vital fishing harbor. It once served as a major port for the British during the African slave trade. Recently the area has become the focus of international assistance due to the dense population, inadequate housing and sanitation infrastructure, and due to deplorable safety and health concerns. Our girls come from deprived homes in this fishing community. Unfortunately numerous parents of this area lack education and do not understand the importance of giving their children a better future by ensuring they attend school. In addition, many families lack the financial means to send their daughters to school. Girls then walk the beaches or streets selling goods to earn money to help support the family instead of discovering and developing their God-given potential that will help them build a better tomorrow.

 

Population: 22,019,000

Capital: Accra;1,847,000

Area: 238,537 square kilometers (92,100 square miles)

Language: English, Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe, Ga

Religion: Christian (68.8%), indigenous beliefs (8.5%), Muslim (15.9%)

Currency: Cedi

Life Expectancy: 57

Literacy Percent: 57.9 % overall; Females 49.8%

Source: CIA World Factbook

 
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Meet the Team


 
 
 
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LaKena Dunham, Founder, CEO

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Robert K. Acquaye, Director, Ghana

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Michael Summerhayes, Co-Director, Ghana

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Ingrid Barton, Director of Fundraising _ Partnerships

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Denise Acquaye, Executive Director

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Alisha Monzon, Program Advisor

 
 
 
 

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