The Help Ghana Foundation was established in 1983 by Joke Addotey-Van Heeswijk when she was confronted with the daily life of the underprivileged in Ghana, when frequently visiting the country with her Ghanaian husband. In the years that followed she was able to raise funds for a large number of projects. The current requirement is that there are local people taking the initiative themselves. The request is usually supported by local NGO’s or well-known local contact persons that are recognisable as relevant community agents.
As Joke decided to step down after dedicating most of her life to this work, positions in the board were taken up by ex-volunteers who worked in Ghana for a prolonged period of time, giving them enough know-how and experience to be able to conduct these activities with integrity. Next to that we have local representatives which we have known since the onset, who frequently monitor the projects.
As most donations are provided through individual donors, and occasional NGO co-financiers, the board commits itself to provide the best possible feedback from the field. This involves a yearly visit by at least two board members to Ghana, at their own expense, to maintain contact with the local focal persons and to acquire sufficient up to date information or relevant documentation. Apart from the website we publish a printed newsletter once a year which can also be downloaded as a PDF from this site.
As a rule the foundation prefers not to support individuals, but rather collective initiatives which benefit a larger group or a community, either with small scale enterprises, or additions to existing structures. This is preferably done with target groups to whom large scale NGO’s are not accessible, be it because of illiteracy, social status, insufficient networks, or mere remoteness.
The protocol, to have our support as fairly distributed as possible, entails that an applicant can not file a request in consecutive years, and there is a ceiling in financial support, irrespective of the theme of the application. The applicants are also made aware that they carry a shared responsibility among themselves for a proper conduction of funds, and they are expected to strive to complete a project within an agreed timespan. They have to commit to this by undersigning a communal agreement prior to our support.
You can download our project questionnaire here to file an application