Get ready – here comes this year’s School Challenge!
We know that this year will be different and challenging for everyone, but we hope that you’ll be able to join us in making the world a better place!
Location: Adansi South District, Ashanti region of Southwest Ghana
Partner: DONA (Dawn of a New Age)
Project Fund Code: GHDONA2021
Students and staff at two schools in the Adansi South District in Ghana – Atobiase Roman Catholic Primary and Junior High School (563 students), and Apagya D/A (307 students) – do not have access to clean, safe water and sanitation near their school. They currently drink from a contaminated, unprotected spring, which can make them sick, and the nearest latrine is over a kilometre (0.62 miles) away! Because the community is missing basic necessities (such as clean water and sanitation), properly trained teachers are reluctant to teach there, meaning that many of the teachers in these schools are under-qualified.
Ryan’s Well Foundation, with the help of our partner, DONA (Dawn of a New Age), will work in Southwest Ghana during the 2020-2021 year to provide both schools with a deep well (borehole) each, handwashing stations, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) training, and pump mechanic and committee training. With this training, not only will these schools have clean water, but they will be able to repair their water source themselves, so they will have clean water and sanitation for years to come! Providing clean water and sanitation to the community would not only improve their health and save lives, but would help to draw more qualified teachers to the area, leading to a better education, and more opportunities.
How You Can Help
This year will be difficult for everyone. We know that school situations are very different – some of you are attending classes from home, some are still in schools, but your classrooms are very different. If you’re able to take part in this year’s School Challenge, we appreciate it SO much, and can’t wait to hear from you! If you can’t, no pressure; please do not feel bad. This year is hard on everyone, and we’re all doing what we can to get through it and thrive in these difficult times. We hope to see you next year!
For those of you who are able to help, we have posted many fundraising ideas that you can take part in (including resources on fundraising from home, which we would encourage this year). While we don’t recommend things like bake sales and parties or theme nights this year, you could always sell homemade greeting cards online, host a virtual comedy or talent night, or post an item count on social media – get creative! For example, Finley (pictured below on the left, with Ryan) walked 350 kilometres (about 217 miles), and raised $4,627 – and counting! There are all kinds of things you can do to help! We can’t wait to see what you get up to this year! Share your fundraising stories and photos with us at email@example.com.
Unlike previous years, there is no need to sign up for the School Challenge. All schools that provide us with a donation between October, 2020, and August, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the School Challenge project, and their donated funds will be put directly towards this year’s project. Of course, you will still receive all updates from the field as the project is being carried out, but they will be posted freely on our website, so that you can check them at your convenience! Want to receive e-mails telling you when updates are posted on our website? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our School Challenge mailing list.
What do the Project Funds Support?
- Drilling two new deep wells (boreholes).
- Two overheard holding tanks for two schools.
- Handwashing stations at two schools.
- Management Training for School Health Coordinators at two schools.
- Management Training for two Facility Management Committees (caretakers).
- Maintenance Training for local Pump Mechanics.
- WASH Training for students and staff at two schools.
- Ongoing local monitoring and evaluation.
Donation Goal for this Project: $27,179 CAD.
Thank you in advance to all schools that participate this year. Thank you for sharing our passion, and for making a positive difference in the world!