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The gates to the kingdom! Welcome to VWA Ghana...
Volunteer West Africa Welcomes You!
Volunteering abroad in Africa with children: Volunteer West Africa
VWA volunteer meeting students at Ghanas Fayef International School
Volunteer in Ghana with orphaned African children
Volunteer Projects in Ghana, Africa with Volunteer West Africa
Volunteering in Africa in childcare and education
Volunteering in Africa on Health & Hygiene Projects
Volunteers for Africa working in VWAs childcare project
A student at VWAs Childcare Nursery in Oshieye, Ghana
Chilling in the guesthouse garden with fellow volunteers
The children attending the Partner West Africa Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children are given free healthcare alongside their education
The Ghanaian Governments Regional Director of Education visits the VWA Nursery for vulnerable children
Volunteer at an African childrens nursery
Volunteers in West Africa organise a VWA fun day with local children
VWA Volunteer teaching in the classroom at a local school
VWA volunteer visits children at Ghanian school
Gap year Volunteering in Africa: Beautiful Sunset!
Get experience in NGO fieldwork volunteering with Partner West Africa
Volunteer Projects in Ghana, Africa. Fun days for local children!
Volunteering in Africa to help street children access child and health care
Volunteers for Africa help out with the cooking for 80 children
Volunteers meet a beautiful old lady in Accra, Ghana
VWA Volunteer, Matt, invited to meet the regional Ghanaian traditional Chiefs!
All Partner West Africas programmes are based on the communitys needs, here is PWA volunteer Erica delivering a focus group to the community of Oshieye, Ghana, asking them about healthcare and sanitation facilities.
Ethical NGO work follows the needs of the communities they serve, here volunteers carry out some research
Ethical VWA Volunteer Projects in Kokrobite, Ghana, Africa
PWA volunteer assisting at a community malaria prevention screening event
Volunteering for charity with children in Africa
Volunteering on the Malaria Prevention Programme: you can help families hang the nets in their homes
Volunteering with VWA in West Africa with children
Volunteers relaxing together at the PWA guesthouse
VWA volunteer Sussie working on a free VWA community healthcare project
VWA Volunteer, Tyler, working to provide free healthcare to VWAs partner rural communities
Childrens charity, Partner West Africa, works with parents to meet the childrens needs in the most ethical way
The children attending the Partner West Africa Nursery and Daycare Centre in Ghana, West Africa were enthralled by the recorder lessons that a PWA volunteer Lucy took whilst staying with us
Volunteer in Africa & meet the (huge) locals!
Volunteer to run play sessions in the PWA daycare centre and at local schools
Volunteer with children and young people in Ghana West Africa
VWA Volunteer on a photography project
Oral health iniative in Ghana, West Africa
Partner West Africa Volunteer discusses local health issues with nurses in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer programmes with VWA volunteers in Ghana, Africa
Volunteer Projects in Ghana, Africa
Volunteering in Africa on Health & Hygiene Projects
Volunteering with children in Africa, Ghana
Volunteers in Africa complete a newly finished childrens play park
Happy children at the Volunteer West Africa Nursery in Ghana
Here we see Partner West Africa volunteer, Ella, working on a promotional video to support and sponsor children who attend the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children in Ghana, West Africa.
The children at the VWA Nursery eagerly supping down lunch!
Volunteer for an African Charity in Kokrobite, Ghana
Volunteer to run play sessions in the PWA daycare centre and at local schools
Volunteering projects in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteers for Africa organise a community celebration and invite local school children
Volunteers meet children at a graduation ceremony in Ghana, Africa
A Partner West Africa volunteer, tests a young child for malaria. The Malaria Prevention Programme targets the most vulnerable groups of children and adults in Ghana, West Africa
Bringing experts together to share information: a effective, ethical way to tackle local health issues
Creative education with the dual purpose of malaria prevention education!
The children at the Partner West Africa Nursery and Daycare Centre are looking forward to meeting you
Volunteer teaching with children in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer with Children in Kokrobite, Africa
Volunteering in Africa to support young children and families
Volunteering Programme for Charity in Africa
Here we have Partner West Africa volunteer Sarah taking afternoon story time in the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children.
Volunteer West Africa Guard Dog: Beetay!
Volunteering in Africa to help children access education
Partner West Africa volunteer Ella demonstrating good toothbrushing technique at an oral health workshop in Ghana, West Africa
Teach children in Ghana with Volunteer West Africa
Volunteer in Africa to protect vulnerable children with Volunteer West Africa
Volunteering in Africa: VWA Volunteering is the best!
Volunteering on the Malaria Prevention Programme: heres Partner West Africa volunteer Tom distributing donated mosquito nets
VWA nursers carrying out health checks on VWA nursery children
VWA volunteer Sophie after her health workshop with students & mums from the VWA Nursery
A child sponsored by Volunteer West Africa tries her school uniform on for the first time
A woman in Ghana, West Africa recieves a free mosquito net and information leaflet to help prevent malaria infection for her and her children
Children at the Partner West Africa Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children get nutritious food each day, volunteer on the childrens health, hygiene and nutrition programme
Volunteer in Africa and teach children in the classroom
Volunteer your skills to support cultural exchange between children in Ghana, West Africa and Europe on the International Schools Partnership Programme
Volunteering in Jamestown, Ghana, Africa
Volunteers & VWA staff at VWA Projects in Ghana, Africa
Volunteers sharing a meal in the beautiful PWA guesthouse garden
VWA volunteers watch a Ghanian school drama group perform in Africa
Workshops run by volunteers for children in Ghana, West Africa about health and hygiene
As a volunteer with Partner West Africa you can train local teachers in areas such as malaria prevention, nutrition, hygiene and health care
Chilling in the guesthouse garden with fellow volunteers
Partner West Africa volunteer consulting local women, essential for ethical charity work
Volunteer Projects in Kokrobite, Ghana, West Africa
Volunteering organisations in Africa led by VWA
Volunteers in Africas best volunteering charity: Volunteer West Africa
Group health and safety orientation in PWAs tropical gardens
Malaria education session in Ghana, West Africa delivered by volunteers
Volunteer for Africa with VWA: help vulnerable children!
Volunteer in VWAs African Childcare Centre
VWA Volunteers film a Ghanian graduation ceremony
Learning a traditional Ghanaian game during a break in work
Volunteer at the VWA Nursery: Welcome to School!
Volunteer for an African Charity & Orphanage
Volunteer with children in Ghana, West Africa
VWA Volunteers watch African drumming and dance in Ghana
Children at the Fayef School in Ghana taking class
Partner West Africa volunteer discussing childrens health and education needs
The Malaria Prevention Programme includes malaria education for the children attending the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre in Ghana, West Africa, heres volunteer Taylah teaching about mosquito nets
Volunteer in Africa & work with amazing children!
Volunteering in Africa to help children access care services
Focus groups with the  community help us identify the communities needs, essential for ethical NGO work
Lucy, volunteering with Partner West Africa before starting a degree in music, spent time working on the School Partnership Programme, here she is filming a short performance of Jingle Bells on the recorder.
Many children benefit from donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste alongside education delivered by volunteers
Morning toolbox talk to make final arrangements for the day
Volunteer in Africa in nutrition and basic child care
Volunteer Projects in Ghana, Africa
Volunteering with orphans in Africa
Volunteers for Africa working with children on a charitable project in Ghana
Volunteer on the family health, hygiene and nutrition programme with vulnerable young children in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer on the International Schools Partnership Programme connecting West African children with European children, encourage cultural exchange and responsible global citizenship
Volunteering in Africa on Health & Hygiene Projects
Volunteers recieving an enthusiastic welcome for a partner school
Work with children and young people from the local community doing education workshops and events
Teach girls in Ghana, West Africa
Volunteer in Africa in VWAs hygiene and health projects
Volunteer West Africa volunteer with his class
Chilling in the guesthouse garden with fellow volunteers
Malaria Prevention Programme distributing mosquito nets to children in Ghana, West Africa
Skills in education? Volunteer with children in Ghana, West Africa
volunteer with children in Africa at VWAs childcare facility
Meeting in the PWA guesthouse before going out to complete project work
NGO, Partner West Africa, works with local women to get their views on issues important to them and their children
Partner West Africa volunteer enjoying some beach fun with vulnerable children from Ghana, West Africa
The children attending the Partner West Africa Nursery and Daycare Centre in Ghana, West Africa who love having volunteers come and help with fun activities, here theyre enjoying some arts and crafts education time.
VWA Volunteers for Africa play with children in the community
Arts & Crafts volunteering project in Ghana, West Africa
Ensuring donated materials are used in an ethical and effective manner: malaria education in action
Partner West Africa volunteer giving health care to vulnerable children in Ghana, West Africa
Learning about water supply to a rural village community and how this affects aspects such as access to education
Volunteer organisations & charities in Africa
Volunteering on the International Schools Partnership Programme educates and builds relationships between children in Ghana and the UK
VWA Volunteer Sophie working on a community health project in Ghana
VWA Volunteer Tyler and VWA team member Kofi relaxing
Beach football with a partner school
PWA volunteer filming an interview with a local teacher involved in the International Schools Partnership Programme
Volunteers presenting their research findings into local health care and sanitation services
Volunteers, Alex and Erica, analysing local healthcare records to help them understand the communities needs better
Creative education in the Partner West Africa Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children, just one volunteer programme you can work on
Environmental Volunteer Project in Africa, Ghana
Partner West Africa volunteer checking the condition of mosquito nets in the village of Oshieye, Ghana
The VWA team settling down to lunch
Volunteer Projects in Ghana, Africa
Volunteer with children in Africa
Volunteering in Africa in Ghana
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Approach & Methodology:

Partner West Africa (PWA) is a progressive, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), or 100% not-for-profit charity. We work to support, protect and empower vulnerable West African children & their families and engage children from the international community to break down cultural barriers and inherited prejudice, improve awareness of developmental issues & approaches, and offer guidance that fosters responsible global citizenship.

We are UK-based - registered and overseen by the UK Charity's Commission - and have a well-established operational head-quarters in Ghana, West Africa - where we are certified by the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare to undertake humanitarian & developmental works nation-wide.

Our charity promotes and undertakes collaborative, ethical, international development projects, focused in the main on reducing child poverty and improving access to education for underprivileged children. Through strategic alliances with the local and international communities, like-minded individuals & organisations, and educational & academic institutes, we build bridges, foster empathy & understanding, and - most importantly - promote the sharing of knowledge & resources that allow local people to take ownership of change. All 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 mankind today.

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 our organisation, 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. 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. The following article, by the respected think tank 'Responsible Volunteering', perfectly captures why this PWA approach is increasingly seen as the ethically superior alternative to the historically dominant but increasingly criticised international agency model.

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 problems. 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'.

For more information about our organisation, the work we do, or how you can get involved, 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.
 
 
 
Aims & Objectives:
 
Our aims & objectives are to protect and empower families and children by breaking down the development barriers that reinforce inequality and keep the most vulnerable members of society trapped in a cycle of poverty. Our key disciplines, based on a comprehensive Needs Assessment of the communities we serve, include:

- Reducing family & child poverty - UNSDG No.1
- Improving children's nutrition & hygiene - UNSDG No.2
- Reducing child mortality through healthcare provision - UNSDG No. 3 
- Preparing & providing pre-school age children with access to education - 
UNSDG No.4
- Protecting women & girls through healthcare & gender equality - UNSDG No.3 & UNSDG No.5
- Providing empowerment & equality for women & girls - UNSDG No.8 & UNSDG No.10
- Engaging with children & schools from the international community to form partnerships with their counterparts in West Africa, to break down cultural barriers and prejudices and foster responsible global citizenship - UNSDG No.17

 

Types of Partnerships:
 
Our focus on collaborative and strategic partnerships allows Partner West Africa to identify, design and deliver robust and fully inclusive, sustainable solutions that share knowledge from the international community with local West African communities, families and children. Examples of the specific types of partnerships and collaborations we promote & undertake include:
 
I. Project Delivery Partnerships: Partner West Africa can provide the operational & logistical local expertise for any funding body, development organisation or academic research institute which is seeking to access West African communities to help support the aims & objectives of the United Nations SDGs 2015 (particularly programmes that share knowledge or focus on education and training as the method of intervention). We can host teams at our well equipped and comfortable guest house in Ghana, plan, deliver and monitor projects or research, provide safe & secure access to West African communities, and offer a comprehensive network of local and national key community leaders & contacts. For development delivery in Ghana, we are your local, expert, operational partner.
 
II. School-to-School Partnerships: We form and nurture long-term, bespoke, school-to-school partnerships, between schools from the international community & schools from West Africa, to encourage students to expand their world view and become responsible global citizens. We work with all age groups and provide a range of well tested and well structured academic and cultural projects for students to participate in, provide safe & secure accommodation and support for field trips or school excursions to Ghana, and provide direct access and insights in to the local culture, education system and communities. If your school is looking to form a productive and rewarding relationship with a West African peer, we can facilitate and enable a range of partnerships with commitments and learning outcomes that can be adjusted to suit your needs.
 
III. International Volunteering: All of our projects & programmes are accessible to suitably motivated, skilled and qualified individuals or groups who wish to work on a voluntary basis to share their knowledge, help foster positive change, and gain insight and experience in hands-on development work. Through our internal international volunteering department: 'Volunteer West Africa', we provide class-leading, ethical and well structured African volunteering opportunities. We are a member of the 'Better Care, Better Volunteering' network, are a leading voice for ethical and responsible volunteering, and meet the current best-practice volunteering approaches as found here on the website of the respected think tank 'Responsible Volunteering'. We have a purpose built volunteer guest-house, volunteer coordinators and care staff, and a comprehensive volunteer support package. If you are looking to gain valuable & rewarding experience in a development context, we are the right volunteering organisation for you!
 
IV. Responsible Donations & Philanthropy: Many of our partners are simply individuals, families, or organisations who want to provide resources, funds or materials to assist vulnerable families and children in West Africa. However, there are plenty of reasons to be cautious even when doing something as seemingly harmless as giving. Legitimate criticism of many charities exist because of the poor ethical controls used when disseminating funds or materials: items can be donated which are not appropriate or that can cause offence, many resources can be bought locally saving precious funds on shipping costs and stimulating the local economy instead, goods can end up in the wrong hands and be sold for profit, or through simple poor planning and a lack of sound local knowledge the wrong resources can reach the wrong people. So if you are looking for a charity or cause to partner with, or seeking to complete a fund-raising event or appeal, or you are looking to commit to a longer-term relationship of providing ongoing support through sponsorship that can also provide you with a return (i.e. updates on the impact your generosity has had, clear feedback and reports about the ongoing needs of the people you are supporting, or 'Thank You' acknowledgements that you can share and promote), please get in touch. Partner West Africa can guarantee you an honest, transparent and responsible partner to manage your philanthropy.
 
For more information about our organisation, the work we do, or how you can get involved, 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.
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                                         Partner West Africa is an officially registered UK-charity - UK Charities Commission Registration No: 1152479