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  • SDG: SDG03 - Gezondheid en welzijn | SDG07 - Duurzame en betaalbare energie | SDG13 - Klimaatverandering aanpakken
  • Land: Ghana
  • Werelddeel: Afrika


  • GET APPrenticeship AND WORK

    4: GET APPrenticeship AND WORK

    Young people do not always have it easy in Ghana. Finding work is difficult and that is why many girls without education are often directed to large cities to work there as, for example, “carrier”. They often live on the street, feel displaced, many get pregnant …

    Young men who would like to work but cannot find a job,  are roaming in the street or try to move to Europe and that often also causes major problems.

    Giving young people a chance to develop themselves here in Ghana so that they can build a future is important.

    GET APPrenticeship AND WORK is giving youth that chance and challenge.

    Young people work in our workshop for six months. In the workshop, the youth is helping to make the products we are producing. They help with all three projects of the foundation.

    The young people learn to make these products, they learn to take a good working attitude. They receive money to eat every day… the rest is saved. After six months they have been able to put aside so much money that they can pay money to a “Master” to be an “apprentice” (student). With that Master, in whatever direction the young people want, they learn a trade. Such practical training usually lasts three years. Enough money has also been saved to buy materials needed to become an apprentice to a Master such as a sewing machine for someone who wants to become a tailor, tools for an upcoming carpenter, etc.

    In this way, the youngsters get a chance to take their lives into their own hands, to take care of the costs of following a practical training and to create a future for themselves in which they can be independent.


    Doelgroep: Jongeren

  • Reusable Care Creations

    3: Reusable Care Creations (RCC)

    Reusable Care Creations is initiated in 2016 and is the third initiative of the foundation. A plan to introduce washable pads, washable nappies and washable diapers in Ghana.

    This project is fully run by physically challenged women and deaf women.

    At the moment we are working only on WASHpad (Women All Should Have pad…) The introduction of the Washable Sanitary pad in Ghana. Later different products will be designed and produced as Washable Nappies and Washable Diapers.

    The project goals are:

    To introduce washable sanitary products like washable sanitary pads, washable nappies for children and washable nappies for adults, and to distribute them and make them easily accessible to large target groups in Ghana
    To reduce taboos surrounding personal hygiene and to reduce the reluctance to use sanitary products
    To reduce physical and social limitations people are subject to due to the lack of good sanitary products
    To reduce the environmental impact of disposable nappies and sanitary pads
    To offer women with a physical disability and deaf women the chance to participate fully and equally in society by giving them a job that allows them to use their knowledge and skills of sewing and to improve their own lives and futures.


    Doelgroep: Mensen met een beperking | Milieu | Vrouwen en meisjes

  • New Cooking Bag

    New Cooking Bag

    The New Cooking Bag project, initiated in 2014, is the second initiative of the foundation. It stands for ‘The New Way of Cooking’; a plan to introduce slow cooking in Ghana. The New Cooking Bag (NCB) is used to cook food without a continuous need for heat. A lot of the traditional dished prepared in Ghana are suited for the use of an NCB. The foundation wants to achieve for the New Cooking Bag, at first, to gain ground in the cooking areas of the compounds and become a standard tool for a growing number of Ghanaian women, and second, to raise more awareness with the people of Tamale and its surroundings, where the environment is concerned.

    How does it work “The New Way of Cooking”?

    The New Cooking Bag (NCB) is used to cook food without a continuous need for heat. The food is brought to a boil in a pot with water over a fire. Once it is boiled, the fire can be extinguished and the pot with its contents is put directly into the NCB. The NCB is tied shut. Because of the insulating properties of the NCB the temperature in the pot remains high and the food continues to cook until it is ready. Since there is some heat loss the cooking time is longer than when using permanent heat. A lot of the traditional dished prepared in Ghana are suited for the use of an NCB.

    The New Way of Cooking saves women a lot of time.

    Not the cooking process itself, that will actually take a little bit longer – it is called Slow Cooking for nothing – but you don’t have to stick around! It doesn’t require you to keep your eye on it! You make the preparations, start the cooking process and the New Cooking Bag will take over from you so to speak. This way, you can use your precious time to do other things…

    Women in and around Tamale have many tasks and responsibilities, there is so much work to be done! The collecting of firewood alone, especially in the surrounding villages, takes up a tremendous amount of time and energy. With this style of cooking, there is less need for firewood and also here they will realize there is a lot of extra time to do more useful things!

    The New Way of Cooking makes cooking safer

    It is asking for trouble: cooking on an open fire frequently and at length, or, less frequently, simmering pots on wobbly gas stoves in small and unsafe areas. Children running around, overburdened women who simply don’t have the luxury of focussing on one task, often resulting in burns, burn wounds and other disasters.

    With the New Cooking Bag cutting back on actual cooking time, it is easier to concentrate on what you are doing: fifteen minutes is easy, a couple of hours becomes more complicated.

    Less ‘unmanned’ pots and pans reduce the risk of dangerous situations. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if for example, early in the morning, you could prepare breakfast in no time and sliding it into the New Cooking Bag,  then bathe your children, get them ready for school whilst in the meantime, The New Cooking Bag is cooking a meal for them to enjoy…?!

    The New Way of Cooking is better for your health

    Firewood creates a lot of smoke. Women spend hours on end stirring in their pots and pans in wafting fumes, often with their little ones in their lap who can’t do anything to avoid the smoke and are forced to inhale it… There are many small children yearly who fall victim to inhaling these fumes and related diseases (especially if people have to cook indoors) and most of these children are under the age of five!

    It is also a known fact that that same smoke is the cause of blindness in developing countries…

    The New Way of Cooking is good for the environment

    If less trees need to be felled for firewood and for the production of charcoal, and not so much water needs to be used anymore for cooking… If air pollution goes down because we only need half of the fuels we traditionally use.. you can safely say that cooking with The New Cooking Bag is good for the environment!

    The New Way of Cooking makes the food tastier

    Cooking with firewood or charcoal is not easy. You can’t just lower the temperature, which means it often cooks too fast with burnt food as a result, and that of course affects the taste… Using the New Cooking Bag, your food has all the time to quietly cook and it can never burn. All flavors remain intact because no steam can escape the pan. Really.. you need to taste it for yourself to believe it!

    The New Way of Cooking saves money

    It makes sense that the less firewood or coals you have to buy, the more money you save. And that makes a big difference, especially if you have to spend your cedi’s wisely! But imagine for example women who have their own businesses and now have more time to spend on those businesses, purely because they have to spend less time gathering wood and cooking. That increases profits! You also need less water for cooking with The New Cooking Bag, so you do the math! On top of that, no food is lost because it is burnt… that too is profit!

    The New Way of Cooking is more hygienic

    A pan safely packed safely into A New Cooking Bag cannot attract any more cheeky goats or chickens who wish to have a little taste.

    The ever-present dust doesn’t have a way of getting to your food.

    And isn’t it true that nutrients remain in the food because nothing can escape through the steam?

    All in all, seven very good reasons for using the New Cooking Bag…

    Good for people and good for the environment!


    Doelgroep: Milieu

  • Tuma Viela

    Tuma Viela

    Tuma Viela, initiated in 2009, is a project for the people and the environment. It offers women and young people opportunities to develop themselves; provides both children and adults with valuable products made with recycled materials; helps battle pollution; improves environmental awareness and educates.

    In the workshop, we make free products which are mainly collected by children. They do however have to supply the sachets with which we make these recycled products! The schoolbag is the most wanted item we make, but there are also raincoats, jackets, hats and caps, pencil cases and other items. More than 30,000 of children already own one of our schoolbags and this encourages them to go to school.

    Less pollution, cleaner streets, less litter. One of the great side effects of collecting the sachets is that many have now switched to saving them instead of dumping them. And when they have the right amount, they are delivered to the workshop in exchange for a pretty, useful item. The ‘worthless’ trash, all of a sudden appears to be something rather worthy! The open sewers don’t block up as often anymore, leaving less standing water (an ideal breeding ground for the malaria mosquito) and also other diseases which are the result of poor hygiene, stand less of a chance. Health is benefitting too!

    Since everyone who wants something from the workshop, needs to go looking for the water sachets, they finally become aware of how much trash is strewn around in the streets, gutters, and countryside. We actively involve them in the cleaning up and condition the people to collect trash from now on. We set an example of how recycling can produce something nice and useful.

    Dealing with so many daily struggles and worries, the people of Ghana think more short-term and hardly consider the future. It has become such a habit to just dump everything out in the streets that neither kids nor adults think about the impact this has. People higher up ponder the issue and try to think of ways to really clean up but they forget the first step: that people themselves are the cause and that they need to adjust their ‘discarding’ behavior…

    Through education, people become aware of the negative impact litter has and switch more and more to delivering it to the Tuma Viela workshop.

    A better environment for Tamale… happy faces… children who learn how to take care of Ghana, not only now, but also in the future. A blossoming enterprise where trash is turned into treasures by employees who are proud of their work and who can now make ends meet…


    Doelgroep: Jongeren | Kinderen | Mensen met een beperking | Milieu

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