The Yonso Project has been dilligently collecting donations and building a school since October 2016; namely, the "Yonso Project Model School" in Jamasi in the Asante region of Ghana. Upon completion, it will provide access to good education to children from rural areas and from a poor background in the region. And of course – we are happy to help with great enthusiasm.
Every child should have the right to a good education. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in Ghana. In most cases, it is a privilege of the wealthier families.
The Project wants to change that by providing a good education for an affordable price to enable as many children as possible to go to school and follow their dreams. To help the parents to finance their child’s education, a microfinance system splits the school fees into multiple lower payments, instead of fewer but higher ones that need to be paid in full, as it is common practice in Ghana. By doing so, the parents are enabled to put some money aside every week and pay per semester. Children from very poor backgrounds are awarded with scholarships that are made possible by our local bamboo frame production.
According to the Yonso Project, access to education not only means to sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher, but to also have the chance to discover and develop one’s talents. Furthermore, children should learn how to inform themselves, make important decisions independently and bring things into question. Kwabena Danso, CEO of the Yonso Project, is convinced that only easily-accessible education can make a change in Ghana in the long term. Ghanaian children are the future of a country that currently suffers from corruption and lack of political stability; their education has the potential to transform that.
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To go to school on a bike – what sounds normal to most of us, is quite special to others. For example, in the Ghanaian Nchumuru District in the Volta region, you don’t see children cycle to school very often. All the more, we are delighted by the cooperation between our Ghanaian partner and UNICEF, which donated 150 bamboo bicycles to children from rural areas to ease their way to school.
The concept of the bike to school program has been developed over the past year and after a detailed research period looking for a financing partner, we were able to garner UNICEF Ghana as a reliable support. The program makes the way to school easy for children, especially girls, by enabling them to go by bike from their often faraway villages. An easier way to school ensures access to education and therefore to better future prospects.
In cooperation with UNICEF, we supplied 150 children in Ghana with a bamboo bike for their way to school.
Awarding of Scholarships
Since early 2015, we have been awarding scholarships to Ghanaian children and teenagers, together with our local partner the Yonso Project. Those scholarships were made possible by selling our bamboo bikes and were given to children who never would have had the chance to attend school otherwise. Our so-called „School Starter Set“ includes a school uniform, a schoolbag, shoes, books, pens and a set for mathematics.
Senior pupils and students are also supported. Many of them started with our „School Starter Set“ back then and have since received support from our partner project. Support like this is cost-intensive. Therefore we decided against a scholarship for every sold bamboo bike and started to provide help where it is needed instead. The outcome is a flexible and sustainable way of providing grants. Those financial grants are paid by raised funds from where necessary finances are distributed on a regular basis.
In cooperation with the Yonso Project we have been able to award over 250 scholarships since 2015.
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