Project Location: Wa, Ghana
Project Type: Health
Project Code: GWW0520

Background: Wa sponsor site was founded in 1997 and currently has over 1900 sponsored children.

Chalice community projects - centre for meetings and soap production, Wa, GhanaThe site's vision is to aid the community to become a self-reliant, literate society by helping families develop, identify, and explore income opportunities. The site is registered in Ghana as an NGO working to support families to be able to access quality education, health care, satisfy their spiritual and nutritional needs, and support the development of their communities to reduce the effects of poverty.

In many developing countries, women and children are most affected by poverty. In rural Ghana, women play the greatest role in bringing up children, yet men still have control over the household's major capital assets such as land ownership and large livestock. This program focuses on improving and strengthening an existing small income generating activity that is traditionally carried out by women.

Project Objective: This program will raise the economic and social status of women by establishing a structured setup for their existing business and help 9700 (1700 sponsored, 8000 non-sponsored) people live better lives.

Construction of a building for soap production, storage and sale, the new Women's Centre will provide a safe place for the women to make and sell three varieties of soaps. The soaps are so popular in northern Ghana that the communities can hardly meet the demand. Traders come from as far away as Burkina Faso to the local market to buy the soap. The centre will therefore give the women an opportunity to provide this soap for local and international (Burkina Faso) markets. By doing so, they will have gained some permanent employment and skills that will help them earn income to support their families. All the raw materials are obtainable locally and the women are already active in soapmaking.

The building will have different areas of operation for the soapmaking process, ranging from storage of raw materials, soaking room, processing room for actual soapmaking, cutting, and drying rooms, and a room for finished products from where soap will be taken for distribution to markets.

The Wa site will manage the facility to ensure that all groups have equal access to the facility and help other interested sponsored families outside the sub site access the building when needed.

Production of the soap will be done weekly, but distribution will be made daily to meet the demands of local markets which operate every day of the week in the surrounding communities.

Budget in Canadian funds: $110,738.00

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Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other community projects that may arise.

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