Project information

Returning girls from slavery in Northern Ghana

Kariga, Northern Ghana, has no education for girls. Most migrate to the south in search of better life, roam city streets looking for menial work but often resort to virtual slavery or prostitution. We want to give hope through relevant education and skills training, breaking the poverty cycle

February 2011 - February 2016

Charity information

Wulugu Project

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  • Need


    Uneducated mothers are more likely to have uneducated children. Their children are more likely to die before 5, suffer malnutrition, less likely to have any health care/immunisations etc. Educated women have the ability to escape from the poverty trap and take a more equal place in society, so raising the prosperity of their village and district in the short and longer term. They become less reliant on aid and have increased self esteem and self direction.


    By providing education in literacy, numeracy, family and health care, nutrition and giving a locally marketable skill to older girls. Our experience shows that a vocational school encourages return of girls from the cities into education, particularly where a hostel is made available.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build and equip a vocational school for 300 girls in karaga, Northern Ghana, with a hostel.


    » With the suppot of the local community we will use our team of local builders and craftsmen to erect a strong building, with hosteland toilets

    Success will be a sustainable school where income is generated through trading eg tayloring, catering and girls are able to earr an income in their own district.

    Aim 2

    To ensure that those most likely to benefit from relevant education are able to return to their home


    » Ensure that all sectors locally know that we are, at last, able to respond to the pleas we have had for this assistance.
    » Ensure that local government and Ghana Education keep their promise to provide teachers with the right skills and a very strong and reliable head.

    Success will be the improved health of the students and their families and the application of their qualification eg hairdressers apply training to building their own business

  • Impact


    From our experience with the five similar schools we have set up,long term increased quality of life for all sectors of communities will be reflected in improved health, decreased infant mortality, much greater recruitment and retention of girls at Primary and Junior High level, increased participation of women in local community organisations, lowered migration to cities by young women.


    Sense of local ownersip is vital and needs to be engendered through real involvement of local government, chiefs, women's groups, religious leaders etc. Where government changes there is a risk that support from District Chief Executive could be at risk. We have learned to pre-emptthis by forging mutually supportive programmes with those in local government who will stay in post where government changes eg Co-ordinating Directors.


    With regular information during the building stage re time-table. We always have regular reports from the teachers, students, District Assembly etc and donors can benefit from seeing tangible results from their generosity.
    Results of regular monitoring by be reported honestely.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Main Building Classrooms, teacher room, store
      £12,000 Hostel for 120 girls
      £8,000 Equipment For tailoring, tye and dye, catering, computing., hairdressing
      £5,000 Toilets, water harvesting, sol Solar panels to allow extended day. Toilets essential for girls
  • Background


    Karaga is district capital for Karaga district, Northern Ghana. It is a new district created in 2004. It has no Senior Secondary School but numerous primary and Junior High Schools. As a result there are thousands of school drop outs each year who fill the various villages or migrate to cities where there is no work.
    The region is Sub Saharan with high disease rates and much avoidable hunger. Less than 1% current heads of housholds are literate.


    The wider district community will be the main beneficiaries . Educating a girl impacts directly on life quality for current and future generations, particularly where it is linked to a real marketable skill. The income generation will remove large numbers permanently from poverty, as increasing incomes further increases take up of education.
    Local builders, carpenters, painters etc will have shorter term benefits of employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are recognised, trusted and respected by communities in Northern Ghana having worked in tandem with them for over fifteen years to hep them to make the educational changes they so want. We are able to build at a quarter of the cost of others since tradesmen know they are sure to be paid and we have completely broken yje 'normal' mould of corruption, rake-offs etc.
    We have learned much from each of our five other similar vocational schools, and we are responding to a need from the people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karimu Nachina

    Chief coordinator in Ghana. He has overall responsibility for checking needs, prioritising appeals for help, ensuring projects are completed

    Ramitu Maria

    Working as a volunteer, meeting with beneficiaries and ensuring our money is wisely used. Identifying possible problems and improvements.

    Isaac Azindow

    Overall responsibility for budgets together with local research programmes to check we work with projects that will benefit those in greatest need

    Leona Levine

    UK based trustee and treasurer who carries out checks on costs avoiding double funding and other potential problems. She keeps admin costs to 1%