Healthy Villages, Inc. raises funds for and organizes special projects related to sustaining health in impoverished villages in West Africa. We are primarily working in the Volta Region of Ghana at this time. We welcome in-kind donations and monetary funds - the "donate" button will take you directly to our secure PayPal site. For U.S. donors, your donation is tax-deductible. If you're unable to use PayPal, please contact us for other options. We also seek grant funding to support our efforts to bring health to the poor in West Africa.
Dogbekope Health Clinic Upgrade: The little village of Dogbekope is tucked away in coconut and mango trees - an idyllic remote village in the southern Volta Region. The healthcare situation is not so idyllic though. A tragic event in the summer 2016 highlighted why the village desperately needs a larger clinic. A young woman went into labor and began to have difficulty. The local midwife was not able to deliver the baby, so the woman took a motorbike-taxi (the only available form of public transportation) to the nearest hospital, about an hour's travel away. Unfortunately, she didn't make it in time for medical intervention and she and the baby both died on the side of the road. It's not unusual for women in labor to go by motorbike to the hospital - and many of them deliver before they get there. This woman and her baby didn't survive what must be an ordeal under the best of circumstances. With an upgraded clinic, the village can have infirmary beds, a laboratory for basic tests, a labor and delivery room, and more highly trained practitioners such as physician assistants and licensed midwives. We've been allocated a large parcel of land on which to build the clinic, and have the government-approved building plans. We have the blessing of the Chief and Elders - all we lack is the funding to start work! THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD.
Engineers Without Borders: In mid-2016 we were contacted by a student chapter from New Mexico Tech University, of the U.S. organization Engineers Without Borders. They asked if there was anything they could work on in our home village in Ghana. Of course we immediately said YES! We're coordinating with their group to do a small project in Dogbekope, that will be decided on jointly between the villagers and the EWB group. The group of five University engineering students and one faculty member will be coming to stay in the village, meet the villagers and decide on a project sometime in 2018 and will return a year later to build the project. They'll also come back for several years after that to make sure everything is going as it should. We're excited about working with EWB and this energetic and creative group of students! Stay tuned for updates on this project!
Voices of the Ancestors Storytelling project: In November 2017, we'll be travelling with author, playwright and storyteller Gail Nyoka to villages in the Volta Region, collecting traditional stories of the Ewe tribe. Ancestral stories are in danger of dying out with the current generation of elders, and we hope to preserve some of them for future generations. This project also has an environmental focus - what do the ancient stories tell us about how to live in harmony with the environment? and can their lessons inspire today's generations to repair the damage that's been done? We're hoping for grant funding for at least the majority of the project's costs, but donations are gratefully accepted. Click on the title above to go directly to the website page about the project. Your donations will be earmarked for Voices of the Ancestors. THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FUNDING THIS PROJECT!
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