Around 263 million of the world’s children are out of school and about one third of these children live in West and Central Africa.
We know that education matters. We know it. We know the difference it has made to our lives and the potential it has to make a real difference in the lives of countless people around the globe.
But ask yourself what would happen if we lived in a place so desolate it did not have a functioning school? What hope would our children have in making a future for themselves?
What if there were schools but we didn’t have the money to give our children this kick-start in life, with school fees, even simple books and pens, a luxury we couldn’t afford?
What if we were so poor we had no choice but to send our youngest children to work every day just so our family could survive?
These are the challenges facing thousands of families living in rural Ghana.
Humanitas charity aims to give these honest, hardworking, desperately poor people the chance of a better life.
We build schools in these remote, forgotten areas. We populate the schools with qualified teachers. We give families and children stuck in this never-ending cycle of poverty the building blocks for a life that involves more than just barely surviving for another week.
Ayensuako School, Southern Ghana
In 2014 we launched our ‘Education Matters’ programme, in the remote village of Ayensuako. It has been an inspiration.
This community faces a struggle for survival every day of their lives and, without access to education, the children’s options are confined to those of their parents – a cycle of poverty, of subsistence farming where a day’s work might be enough to feed their family for one day.
Humanitas charity addressed this absolute need by establishing a pre-school and a junior school for 140 children. The community has not looked back.
We are rewarded every day by the dedication, enthusiasm, and tangible progress made by our pupils. They are inspiring to us all. They are taking control of their lives.
And the children have such a wonderful array of ambitions; some want to be a doctor, some want to teach, some even aspire to be president one day, but what they all have in common is their determination to provide a better future for their families and their community.
‘My name is Perfect and I am ten years old. I go to the Humanitas School but I will leave in a week to go to high school. I wish I could stay here because I will miss my teacher very much but I will come and visit all the time. When I grow up I want to be a nurse and I would like to be a nurse for Humanitas so I can help the children in this school.’
We need your support so this exciting project can flourish, so this impoverished community can thrive, and so children like Perfect can make their dreams a reality. Support this project by sponsoring a child for just £7 a month.
For just £7 a month you can sponsor a child’s education:
- You can send a pupil to school; you will be part of this child’s future
- You will receive a sponsor pack with information on the school
- You will receive regular updates, drawings, letters, and photos from our students throughout the year
- You will see the direct influence you have made to the lives of impoverished children and their families
“I thank God that I have the opportunity to go to school here. I love coming to school very much. I know that I will have a better life one day. Then I will help children that come to the school and my community.” - Ransford Mensah, Humanitas school pupil.