In July 2016, we sat down with veteran strategic planner Dana Letts, of New Mexico USA, to brainstorm our goals and vision in starting a non-profit. We had just finished our first healthcare mission, a dental mission that served over 300 people with free dental care. Our question was “how do we make healthcare in Ghana sustainable?” We completed the strategizing process with a mission, vision, and goals.
In August 2016 we officially became a U.S. non-profit organization and attained 501c3 status in September 2016. Since then, we’ve organized and led healthcare missions in October 2016, April 2017, August 2017, and October 2017. Since our first mission in June 2016, Healthy Villages, Inc. has provided totally free healthcare for 4134 villagers living in remote, impoverished villages in Ghana’s Volta Region.
We’ve been able to do this by bringing in volunteer teams of licensed healthcare providers from the U.S. and Canada to work alongside our Ghana-based medical team in an outreach setting. The volunteers make a “minimum required donation” to Healthy Villages which covers their in-country expenses and pays for our staff, medications, and our administrative costs. Their donation is tax deductible.
Providing free care to over 4000 people is quite an accomplishment, of which we are justifiably proud. However, we recognize that outreach missions do not provide a sustainable means of providing follow-up care and medication management. This is an area for continued development as we move forward into 2018.
The year is winding down – just 26 days to go until 2018! Please consider Healthy Villages, Inc. for your end of year charitable giving. We operate our healthcare missions on a shoestring. With additional donations, we can expand the work we do to support specific projects that will make a difference in the lives of poor villagers in Ghana.
One such project is being piloted alongside our Women’s Health Mission in February 2018. Right now, we have a group of dedicated and enthusiastic ladies (and two men!) who are sewing 600 kits of washable and reusable sanitary pads for donation to schoolgirls in the villages. A lack of suitable menstrual hygiene products is a major cause of school dropout, early pregnancy and marriage, and a continuation of the cycle of poverty.
Each kit will contain ten pads, two moisture-proof shields to prevent leakage, two pair of undies, a washcloth, a bottle of body wash, and pain reliever. That’s 6000 pads and 1200 shields they’re sewing, and they’re also taking up collections of the other items in local churches and workplaces. What an undertaking!
We would love to be able to continue this project, having the pads sewn here in Ghana by local seamstresses. This would supply much-needed work to support these hardworking women who are often the only breadwinner for their family. But that takes organizational support, the ability to purchase the needed fabrics, and wages for the seamstresses… and that requires money. Plain and simple.
Long story short, there’s a lot of need we can fill, with the money to do it.
Here are several ways you can donate:
Website – using the ‘donate’ button on any of the pages. Your donation is secure through PayPal.
Facebook – using the ‘donate’ button on our FB page – facebook.com/healthyvillagesghana/
Amazon Smile – log in to Amazon Smile to make your Amazon purchases, and designate Healthy Villages, Inc. as your chosen charity. We get a small percentage of your purchase amount from Amazon.
eBay for Charity – go to eBay for Charity and designate Healthy Villages, Inc. – we get a small percentage of your eBay transactions.
Personal check or money order – email us at email@example.com to get an address to send it to.
Buy a beautiful, 100% made in Ghana, batik scrub top by following this link:
All profits go to Healthy Villages, Inc. These also make great casual shirts with an African flair!
Come on a fundraising tour of Ghana! You’ll have the option of participating in healthcare or other community development activities, and afterwards we’ll take you on a great tour of the country! These are fundraising trips to benefit Healthy Villages, Inc. programs. See the Fundraising Tours page for more information!
Interested in joining us for a mission in 2018? Your knowledge and expertise is needed! Please go to the Health Missions page for information on the mission, travel, and costs!
December 1 is the day set aside to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS around the world. I'm old enough to remember when AIDS first came on the scene in the U.S., and what a horror it was. According to the website worldaidsday.org, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS was first identified in 1984. Since then, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS. Worldwide, 36.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. The numbers are staggering. HIV/AIDS has been one of the "most destructive pandemics in history."
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