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PWA Volunteer Ciara registering women for the Malaria Prevention Programme
PWA Volunteer Ciara registering women for the Malaria Prevention Programme
PWA Volunteer Ciara helping qualified staff at a community malaria screening event in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer Ciara interviewing local women in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer Ciara with children from Oshieye, Ghana
PWA Volunteer Ciara doing fieldwork to inform her work placement report

Ciara - UK

Programme Completed: Fundraising, Promotion & Journalism

Date Posted: 10/10/2016

My time volunteering with Partner West Africa, although brief, has been an extremely varied and exciting experience...I have had an incredible time in Ghana and am in no doubt that PWA does invaluable work, both in running the PWA Nursery and Daycare Centre for Vulnerable Children and in the other volunteer programmes I was involved in.

"My time volunteering with Partner West Africa (PWA) [through their internal department Volunteer West Africa], although brief, has been an extremely varied and exciting experience. In my first week, I was involved in the Malaria Prevention Programme by helping out at two different malaria screenings where local people were assessed by nurses from PWA's partner, the Ghana Health Service, and offered tests and treatment for malaria if needed. The screenings were carried out in the local fishing village of Oshieye where PWA focuses their programmes, and in part of a large area of shanty town in Accra known as Agbogbloshie where another PWA partner runs a children's daycare centre. Working in these under privileged communities was exhausting but also extremely rewarding. Thanks to the hard work and good planning of the volunteers on the Malaria Prevention Programme (particularly Brooke, a fellow volunteer) these screenings were extremely successful.

I also had the opportunity to attend a presentation about healthcare and sanitation facilities delivered by a small team of volunteers from UK charity 'Engineers Without Borders', a PWA partner organisation. Listening to the discussion helped me to gain an understanding of the complex problems faced by organisations like PWA in trying to improve healthcare and sanitation in an efficient and sustainable way.

My first week mainly consisted of aiding other volunteers with their projects, but Rosie, my friend and fellow volunteer, and I had more of an opportunity to work on our own project in our second week. Our project focussed on helping Partner West Africa identify and apply to different organisations and foundations for project funding opportunities. PWA is at an exciting stage in that it has now been registered as a charity long enough to apply for bid funding, offering a great opportunity for them to expand. Before we arrived in Ghana, Rosie and I compiled a spreadsheet of possible organisations that we could approach for funding and their criteria, and while in Ghana we attempted to match these organisations with the different projects that PWA run. As we spent most of our time in Ghana working on the Malaria Prevention Project, we particularly focussed on this: we wrote a report on how PWA could gain funding for this project and which organisations might be good to apply to. Although we were not in Ghana long enough to see a bid sent off, we hope to continue to work with PWA so that we can help more with this process.

Another aspect of our project was helping to promote PWA on social media. We wrote reports for the website on the Malaria Screenings for the Malaria Prevention Programme and Engineers Without Borders presentation. We also interviewed villagers at the malaria screenings so that we could post these stories on the PWA Instagram account, along with photos. We called this series of photos 'Humans of West Africa'. We hope that these more personal stories will help prospective volunteers and supporters of the charity identify better with the people that PWA helps.

Although an extremely rewarding experience, due to the challenges of working in a developing context, the speed at which it is possible to work here in Ghana compared to the UK prevented us from achieving as much as we had hoped, though we will continue to be involved in the work we had planned when we return home.
 
When we first arrived, Sophie, PWA Volunteer Coordinator, was very efficient in giving us tours and helping us to settle in fast.I have had an incredible time in Ghana and am in no doubt that PWA does invaluable work, both in running the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre for Vulnerable Children and in the other volunteer programmes I was involved in. This experience also opened my eyes to the difficulties faced by NGO's working in developing countries in making a sustainable difference to communities."
 
 
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  • If you would like to also volunteer on the fundraising, promotion and journalism programme, please click here.
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  • If you would like to make a donation, of any amount, on a one-off or monthly basis, to the Malaria Prevention Programme, please click here.
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  • If you would like to support our charity in any other way - for example by donating goods like children's clothes or materials like mosquito nets, or helping us promote our charity through social media or identifying like-minded potential partners - please download the 'How you can support  us' Brief which is located in the introduction text of our Donate Page here.
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