GHANA

Help Muslim minority communities in their work to innovate approaches to public health and education access, while gaining an understanding of what life is like for secluded rural Muslim communities in Ghana

WHY GHANA?

Because you know that all citizens of this world deserve access to basic health and education rights, regardless of whether they are in an urban or rural location.

Because you want to fight for compassion and understanding towards Muslims in your community, based on your first-hand experience volunteering alongside them in Morocco.

Because you want to come home with a greater understanding of what life is like living as a Muslim in a culture where they are the minority.

Because you want to improve the lives and opportunities of Muslims at home and abroad.

Our Goals

Muslims form a minority — only 17.6% — of Ghana’s population. While most Muslims communities in Ghana are located in the north of the country, there are many small enclaves of Muslim communities called Zongo throughout the country. In rural eastern Ghana, you’ll work with a local Zongo community to innovate and improve approaches to health and education access within their communities.

Your Role

In Ghana, you’ll gain a sense of what life is like as a Muslim minority, and become acquainted with the challenges such groups face and the unique solutions they create. Bring home an awareness of the struggles and triumphs of a minority Muslim population abroad, to help inform your understanding of Muslim populations back home.

About Ghana

Eastern Ghana is predominantly rural and disconnected from larger social service organizations based in the urban capital of Accra. Zongo communities are even further isolated from these resources due to their minority status in southern Ghana. Health, hygiene, and education programs in eastern Ghana may only reach the majority Christian population in rural areas. You’ll work with AUA and our local partner programs to develop health and hygiene programs and increase access to education within less-resourced Zongo communities.

OUR SERVICE INITIATIVES

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BOLSTER TECHNOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAINING

Technology is the greatest equalizer for advancement for those with the knowledge and ability to use it. AUA partner communities lack access to this important resource, and with it, the ability to foster communication, gain knowledge, and procure resources. un-Ambassadors help implement technology solutions that address community needs, provide hands-on computer training to students, and improve computer systems in underserved schools.

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INCREASE LITERACY AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION

Education offers essential opportunities for children to better their lives, and in turn, as they grow into adulthood, the lives of their children as well as their broader communities. un-Ambassadors work in Muslim communities to help change a child’s (and their family’s) life better by teaching and tutoring in Reading, Writing, and English as a Second Language.

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IMPROVE HEALTH THROUGH SPORTS AND NUTRITION

Children need access to healthy nutrition and physical activity to thrive, yet so many of our partner communities offer these resources. un-Ambassadors have been invited to help fill these gaps by offering sports camps and clinics, building and providing recreational equipment, and designing and implementing nutrition education programming.

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