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In serving the poor, we pledge consistent support and innovative and pragmatic action to combat hunger, disease, illiteracy, and poverty in Africa. We are carrying out sustainable programs for holistic human development of the people in Africa by providing them with appropriate technology in agriculture, healthcare, and education.

At this time 2 orphanages are being supported, one caring for 144 and the other for 126 children. A third orphanage needs to be built for orphans whose parents died of HIV/AIDS.

The organization's charitable outreach extends to all people without regard to race, color, creed, sex, nationality, or political affiliation.

All contributions are tax-deductible and are used 100% for the poor in Africa. Every gift, no matter how large or small, is very much appreciated and will make a difference for many in need.





To empower people in developing countries, starting with Ghana in Western Africa, to become self sufficient in the areas of education, agriculture, and healthcare.

  1. Education   Your assistance helps fund school tuition for hundreds of students from primary school through college. At this time $5.00 will provide a child up to 10 years of age with one semester (4 months) of schooling, including one meal a day and a uniform. A donation of $10.00 will provide a student from age 11 to 15 with one semester (4 months) of schooling, a daily meal, and uniform. A donation of $100.00 will enable a child to learn a trade in 2 years, such as tailor, seamstress, hairdresser, electrician, carpenter, mechanic, mason, etc.

    Approximately 50% of the population is illiterate. In the Ashanti region, 32 percent of adults have never been to school. Only one in three girls enters a primary school, and of those only one in five finishes because of lack of money for tuition.


  2. Agriculture   To build a silo in Appiadu for the storage of corn by the year 2008. In a bad year of drought, the plants dry up fast and do not produce food. Farmers have no lasting means of storage. Some use DDT, a poisonous chemical, to treat the corn packed in fiber bags. Research studies show that with silos corn can be stored for more than ten years without turning moldy. Corn silos help save lives and money, feed the hungry, and give children the opportunity to spend their time studying rather than protecting drying corn in the heat of the sun.

    We have spent over $6,000 for the establishment of two pig farms in Nigeria and Ghana.


  3. Healthcare   To assist in the completion of St. Anne's Clinic in Donyina, a village adjacent to Appiadu. This clinic is the only health facility for 37,000 people. The clinic is equipped to provide basic health needs and maternity services. The most frequent illnesses in Ghana are malaria, typhoid fever, and cholera. Often people die because of the lack of medicine. African mothers have a 70 percent greater chance of dying in childbirth than a mother in the U.S. because of a lack of basic health and prenatal care. There is only one doctor for every 16,000 people and only one nurse for every 3,500. At many hospitals, people have to pay large deposits of cash before any service is rendered. We assist hundreds of persons with medications, hospital and doctor fees, as well as health care needs.

 

 

 

Please make your tax - deductable donation to SPANCO today.

32830 Haverford Drive,
Franklin, Michigan 48025

Tel: (248) 626-1834
Fax: (248) 626-1898
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www.helpforghana.com

 

Facts and Figures

Natural hazards in Ghana are dry, dusty, harmattan winds, which occur from January to March. Current environmental issues are severe droughts affecting agricultural activities, deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, water pollution, and inadequate supplies of drinking water.

    

Work is scarce. The estimated unemployment rate is 50%, and the current inflation rate is 40.5%. The external debt of the country is currently 5.8 billion.

 

A Prayer for SPANCO Supporters

Spirit of the Living God, Bless the work of our hands, our minds, our hearts. May our work be a reflection of all that is good within us. In dreaming - planning - creating - doing. Grant us courage to patiently listen to the stirring of your presence. Grace us with joyful moments in the midst of our struggles. Keep our spirit alive. Fill us with reverence for one another and gratitude for our diversity. Nourish our spirit with the awareness that together we can accomplish much. May raising the standard of living for the poor, by educating, feeding, and healing, be the fruit of our labor. Amen.

Adapted from a prayer by Sr. Pat Bergen, CSJ