Why we work in Ghana
Ghana is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but much of its population lives in extreme poverty. Most people rely on the land and farm their own food, which means when there are droughts or floods they suffer severe food shortages.
Many children in Ghana don’t get a good education, often not finishing secondary or even primary school, because classes are often overcrowded, schools don't have water or toilets, and trained teachers and school books are in short supply.
Women and girls' rights in Ghana
Despite the law, women and girls all over Ghana often face violence, discrimination and abuse.
It's common for girls to be forced to have female genital mutilation (FGM) and be married against their will, and for women to be accused of witchcraft and banished to live in ‘witch camps’.
Supporting women accused of witchcraft in Ghana
Ayishetu was accused of being a witch after her neighbour’s daughter fell ill, and Ayishetu was cast out from her village. She ended up in Gambaga camp and was separated from her family for almost three years.
It’s thanks to the Go Home project, supported by ActionAid, helping women escape and reinitegrate back home, that Ayishetu was eventually re-accepted by her community and able to live a normal life again.
"It wouldn’t have been possible for me to come home without the project," she explains. "Accusations of witchcraft don’t just go away, but Go Home helped persuade my community that the way they acted towards me was wrong".Donate to help support our work in Ghana
Solar lamps to help children study
Without electricity in her village, Ruth struggled to study in the evenings. She and her friends came up with the idea of using solar lamps, and with ActionAid's support they now gather each evening to do their homework.
10-year-old Ruth explains: "We will always be grateful to ActionAid for these books and solar lamps because now we study seriously at night.
"More parents in this community are now taking their children to school because of the way they see us studying seriously at night with our solar lanterns. They have really helped us."Learn more about our work improving children’s education
Page updated 3 March 2023