Organisational Overview:

Partner West Africa (PWA) is a UK-registered, progressive, non-profit, charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO). We work to support, protect and empower vulnerable West African children & their families and to engage children from the international community to become responsible global citizens. Our core aims & objectives, achieved through a broad range of disciplines, are to reduce child poverty and improve access to education for underprivileged children. 

As a UK-based charity we are registered and overseen by the UK Charity's Commission and have a well-established operational head-quarters, international volunteering division, and childcare centre in Ghana, West Africa - where we are certified by the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare to undertake humanitarian & developmental works nation-wide.
 
Importantly, we are a key member of the  'Better Volunteering, Better Care' Network's Global Working Group - the leading international body concerned with preventing harm to children caused by volunteer interaction or volunteering projects, and we are a leading voice in the campaign to end 'orphanage volunteering' and protect already vulnerable children from the emotional distress associated with short-term relationship engagement with international volunteers.

Best-Practice, Ethical, Development Methodologies:

Through strategic alliances with the local and international communities, international volunteers & volunteering groups, and schools & academic institutes, we build bridges, foster empathy & understanding, and - most importantly - share knowledge & resources that allow underprivileged West African children & families to build a brighter future. All of our projects & programmes are specifically designed to compliment in word and spirit the aims and objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015; the framework agreed by the international community to identify and help address the most critical humanitarian challenges facing man and women-kind today.

The 'Partner' in Partner West Africa describes the collaborative approach at the centre of our model. Our focus on collaborative and strategic partnerships builds on our belief that the challenges the world faces today require comprehensive, holistic, cooperative responses. No person or organisation can effect sufficient change alone. So by harnessing the knowledge and skills that our international volunteers, academic experts, partner organisations and local and international community members provide, and by intelligently identifying and making the most efficient use of the variety of resources these different parties can offer, Partner West Africa seeks to design robust and fully inclusive, sustainable solutions to local development challenges.

For that reason, Partner West Africa embodies the values inherent in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No.17: the 'revitalization of global partnerships for international development'.


Experts in our Field:

Our Board of Directors in the UK have extensive backgrounds in education, social work, family support services, and the management and administration of charities. Our UK-based team manage and administrate PWA, focusing on strategy, fund-raising and policy, ensuring our practice and approaches meet the highest international standards of accountability, transparency and ethical best-practice. As well as guiding and having ultimate oversight of the organisation's global activities, our UK team also provide an effective presence for our UK-based partners, including the range of schools and universities we are engaged in formal partnership with. The work undertaken in the UK directly supports the delivery of the work we undertake on the ground in West Africa.

Our operational team in Ghana, West Africa, hold extensive backgrounds in the design, delivery and review of international development projects, particularly at the grass-roots, community level. The team have significant experience delivering a broad range of projects in multiple disciplines, including child-care & child-rights, education, healthcare, community development, gender equality, and poverty reduction, amongst many others. Our Ghana-based team live and work in the West African communities they serve year round, establishing trust and developing a deep understanding of local development priorities, actors and opportunities. There are many reasons why this approach is both ethically important and operationally more effective, fo a deeper understanding of these issues please visit: the website of the respected internaional volunteering think-tank, 'Responsible Volunteering'.


Contact Us:
For more information about our organisation, the work we do, the volunteering opportunities we offer, or how you can get involved to support us in a range of other valuable ways, please browse the rest of our website, follow us through the social media links at the top of this page, or get in contact with a member of our team to learn more.
 
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and we hope to welcome you to the Partner West Africa family.
of all international volunteers and school/educational partners who worked with us last year would recommend us.
of children who have attended our Childcare Centre survive & thrive, in a community where the average child mortality rate is over 20%

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How You Can Help

Runners Required: 'Royal Parks Foundation Half'

Calling all runners! PWA has secured 5 places for the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on the 8th October 2017. As a result, we're now appealing for supporters who would like to take up our places in order to raise much-needed funds for our important work protecting and educating vulnerable children in West Africa. Whether you are a seasoned 'eventer', someone looking for your next challenge, or busy fulfilling your New Year's resolutions... this is a great opportunity to shed some lbs and raise some £s for a very worthy cause!

Sponsor our Childcare Centre for Vulnerable Kids

Our most critical appeal helps provide daily care for up to 70 vulnerable children at the PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre. Each child receives 100% free daily healthcare, annual health insurance, a nutritious feeeding programme, safe drinking water, a creative pre-school education, & the freedom to enjoy their childhood.

No amount is too small: Every sponsor helps us secure an absolutely critical lifeline to the children. So, please, become a PWA sponsor today!

Our Malaria Prevention Programme

Malaria is one of the major causes of child mortality, for children aged under 5, in our local communities. PWA has been delivering an all-inclusive, collaborative anti-Malaria programme to respond to this silent killer. Working in partnership with the Ghana Healthcare Service, other NGOs and academic institutions, PWA delivers best-practice Malaria testing, treatment, education, and distribution of preventative resources (such as malaria nets and repellents). Please support this most critical of appeals & help us save lives!

Support Our 2017 Educational Appeal

Our 2017 'Equip a Child for School' Appeal, allows many of the children we support to receive their first ever personal school equipment! For the 60 to 70 underprivileged children who attend our Daycare & Nursery Centre for vulnerable children, we'd like your help to provide an ongoing supply of essential school equipment such as backpacks, pencil cases, & school shoes, that the children will need throughout 2017: Help us 'Equip a Child for School'!

Our Current Projects & Programmes

The Partner West Africa Daycare & Nursery Centre

Based in Partner West Africa's compound between Kokrobite & Oshieye, Ghana, you will find the humble but heart-warming PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre for Vulnerable Children. 

Opened in 2014, the Centre offers the most vulnerable local children - aged 2 to 5 years - daily care, a nutritious feeding programme, safe drinking water, immunisations & daily healthcare, a pre-school education, and a safe and caring environment in-which children can be children.
 
 
Quite simply, the Centre both saves and improves children's lives. And for that reason, perhaps unwittingly (but with absolutely no regrets) it has become our flagship project, making significant use of the time, skills & resources our charity has to offer.

Creative Early-Years Education & Child Rights

A fantastic programme providing vulnerable, young, West African children with access to a creative education that promotes imagination, exploration, and access to creative extra-curricular activities. At the same time, this programmme protects the right of children to have access to a free and fun childhood, in which children are free to be children. This programme helps to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 4: 'Quality Education': from policy to practice, this programme brings magic to little minds.

International Schools Partnership Programme

PWA's 'International Schools Partnership Programme' has been operational since 2013 & has created effective and valuable partnerships between schools in West Africa and schools from the international community, allowing students to reach out to their counter-parts from different backgrounds, cultures and circumstances. The Programme offers cultural & academic projects & field trips which bring children together, breaking down cultural barriers, unpicking prejudices, & encouraging children to become responsible global citizens.

 

Our role is to remove the hard-work and risk from your staff in the planning & execution of what are often complex, ethical, logistically demanding relationships.

PWA's Malaria Prevention Programme

PWA's Malaria Prevention Programme (MPP) delivers a range of malaria screening, prevention, and education services which allow local families to protect themselves. Based on the high level of infant and child mortality associated with malaria in our local communities, this programme, quite simply, saves lives. Having passed through it's Phase-1 research, testing & implementation, our MPP is now being scrutinsed by our monitoring & evaluation team to prepare our 2017 MPP scope of works.

Children's Health, Hygiene & Nutrition

This Partner West Africa programme offers a broad range of free and essential basic healthcare services to vulnerable children & families across Ghana. With a focus on family and children's healthcare, hygiene, bacteria control, and food preparation - for a balanced and nutritious diet - we undertake a broad range of community workshops and events, covering both theory and practice - allowing local people to improve their own living conditions & helping achieve the objectives of the United Nations SDG No. 3 'Health & Well Being'.

Female Health & Gender Equality

In this new Partner West Africa programme, we are seeking help to establish and build an effective and sustainable set of services that will truly empower and protect women and girls from the local, underprivileged Ghanaian communities we serve.

This programme aims to raise awareness about, and deliver services to support, gender rights and women's healthcare and ensure that Partner West Africa can develop best practice policies and approaches in this critical area of gender empowerment.
 
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