Ampenyi is a small fishing village near Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana with a population of 1780 people, 771 children. The community has a Chief whose name is Nana Takyi Akyen and other presiding cabinets who are responsible for the development and welfare of every living being in Ampenyi. However most inhabitants, because of the nature of the work they do, find it difficult to make sure that their children are well educated. For instance parents sometimes take their children out of school to go fishing with them. Some also lose interest in education due to the parents’ refusal to purchase school learning materials. Others are orphans who have no one to take care of them. Therefore the primary mission of Be The Change Foundation is to cater to the needs of these children, especially in terms of education and health. Other concerns of Be The Change Foundation include women and girl empowerment, environmental conservation and sanitation.
• Developing the minds of orphans and other underprivileged young people.
• Encouraging self-sufficiency and a strong sense of entrepreneurship by teaching arts and crafts to charges of the organization.
• Providing entertainment and cultural activities to children to satisfy their curiosity and promote social and cultural awareness among them.
• Taking children to tourist areas like Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, etc. as a supplement to their education by giving them new experiences and broadening their horizons.
• Empowering women and girls through education and vocational training to be economically and socially independent.
• Improving the overall sanitary conditions of Ampenyi and its neighboring environs.
Board of Directors
My education began in Ampenyi at the age of 5, and finished junior high school at the age of 15 years. I continued my education in Edinaman Senior High School with the help of friends like Daryl D. Parks, Diana Aryee, Sophie Bialias, Claire Bailey and my father John Alexander Kenneth Eduafo. All my life I believed that everything and anything is possible, so even during hard times I held true and fast to the belief that life could be better for me and those around me.
After completing my high school education, I was helped by one of my friends to buy my own taxi; driving a taxi allowed me to earn a living for myself and support my family. I was able to bless my family with financial support including money for sending my little sisters to school and paying for their basic needs. I have been able to pay for my 2 senior sisters to learn trades – Regina is a master seamstress who sews free clothing for the children; the other is a hairdresser. I have also been able to teach 5 boys from my village how to drive for free. As I have been blessed I have sought to be a blessing to others; I am happy and proud about being a blessing to my family and community.
Knowing how difficult my own childhood situation was and concerned by the plight of children in Ampenyi who I always saw idling on the beach and the street, I felt compelled to help the young ones in my village. The OKYENA-NTSI Children Foundaton is my contribution to improving the lives of children and young adults in my community.
John Kweku Eduafo, Executive Director
We surely do need your monetary donations, but we also welcome the contribution of your time and labour in local schools, orphanages and hospitals. Contact us about volunteering with Be The Change Foundation.