Akwakwaa

 

The Orphanage - Nyamekye Children's Home

    

„Madam“ Mensah is a Ghanaian woman who a few years ago realised her dream to offer a nice home to children who don’t have anyone to look after them. She founded a children’s home and called it Nyamekye Children’s Home. “Nyamekye” means “God’s gift”.

It all started with 20 children. Now almost 100 boys and girls, aged 3 months to 14 years, are living with Madam and her helpers.

Since July 2007 volunteers from all over the world have been coming to Akwakwaa. One of the first was Eveline Dürr from Switzerland. During the summer of 2009 she could return to Ghana with her Friend Zoé Castillo and visit the children’s home for a few weeks. A lot of things have changed in Akwakwaa. Due to the help from Switzerland and other volunteers the children’s living conditions could be greatly improved.

A big dormitory stands at the centre of the orphanage. This is where the children sleep in two dorm rooms, one for the boys and one for the girls. In addition, there are a big kitchen and a dining room on the premises, as well as five classrooms, where children from the home as well as the village go to school. Some of the older children have the opportunity to visit a school outside of the home. This is possible thanks to donations we receive. We hope that in the future we will be able to provide the option for further education and apprenticeships – at this point, a big thank you to all the members of the association Friends of Akwakwaa and the school sponsorships that are already set up.

 

The village

In the south of Ghana, approximately a two hour drive in a trotro (Ghanaian public transport) from the capital Accra, you can find the small village Agona Akwakwaa. People who know Ghana a bit might know Agona Swedru, which is near Akwakwaa.

The surroundings of Akwakwaa are characterised mostly by bush and palm trees. A big, calm river flows through the village. Many locals use it for washing.

The population of Agona Akwakwaa leads a very modest life. Most of them work as labourers on the big plantations nearby. Because there are not that many job opportunities, a lot of the young people from Akwakwaa try their luck in one of the bigger cities.