IGAP addresses the decline of females accessing school or reaching high school.
BASICS teaches girls discipline and basic skills required to enter school. These teenage girls, who have never experienced a classroom, are likely to be entered into the Ghanaian schooling system at their age level, as oppose to their literacy level, and it is our goal to bring them up to speed. Due to cultural practices and pressure, many teenage girls who are yet to begin their education, often follow the path of teenage pregnancy, which only continues the cycles of poverty in their communities. It is important that these girls are shown extra attention, and given the opportunities they deserve, to reject living a life of poverty.
IGAP was funded by African Women’s Development Fund
Nana’s Home is a safe-house for girls who are at the highest risk of trafficking, teenage-pregnancy and dropping out of school in Chorkor and surrounding areas. The house has limited spaces and is reserved for those with the most urgent needs.
Nana’s Home has running water, electricity, beds and an indoor kitchen; a luxury considering most houses in Chorkor lack many or all of these basic amenities. The girls learn how to live in this type of dwelling, and how to take care of this space. This is integral preparation to board at Senior High School, and for University-life.
Nana’s Home is not an orphanage. Families are involved in each girls progress, and activities. Families consent to each girl living in the facility and pay routine visits.
Girls living in Nana’s home then becomes an ambassador in the community. They are sending the message that ‘it is okay to stay in school’ and that ‘teenage pregnancy is not the only option.’
Nana’s Home opened in 2010.