Banko women center, an initiative to empower the women from Banko and surroundings
Banko Women Center focuses on improving women’s empowerment in a local area, located in Banko, Ghana. We are offering women a reliable and safe place where they can meet, learn, discuss and sell.
Our objective: “The full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life, by giving them the opportunity to take part in open conversations, extra education programs and locally based markets to sell their goods and services.”
To be more specific, we focus on: human rights, sexual education, health, nutrition, movement, business, saving, English and computer programs. While trying to openly discuss about diverse issues, and adapting the programs mentioned above, we want to be a sustainable NGO and so using our proceeds for operational costs by selling their new learnt local goods and services in our center.
After the successful set up of the sewing workshop in the Banko Women Center, we will start a new project where students, consisting of women from the village of Banko, will be trained to become hairdressers. Here too, we can use all the support we can get!
What does the project entail?
The Banko Women Center is committed to helping women in the village of Banko and creating training centers where women can be trained in traditional professions with the aim of ensuring the full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life.
The Banko women center focuses mainly on adults who have little or no future prospects and opportunities. The students, consisting of women from the village of Banko will be taught the intricacies of the profession by a hairdresser so they are able to work independently and generate their own income.
Part of this income will be used for the purchase of materials/supplies (such as new products).
What is needed?
To start the project a hair salon will have to be set up where the students can be trained. The following materials, among others, will be needed for this:
- Furniture (Chairs, tables/cabinet etc.)
- Basins for hair washing
- Hair products
- Hair clips
- Wall paint
- New electrical outlets
- Pipes for the water supply
- New locks
Donations & support
As said, we want to become a self sufficient training center, but to get there we obviously need funds. Donations are very welcome and can be made by bank transfer via Crossing borders for Ghana or locally at the Women’s center or at Moon&Star guesthouse.
We will also be selling items like aprons, shito, slippers and cakes at Moon&Star guesthouse to support Banko Women center.
A part of our tip money at the guesthouse goes to Banko women center.
And did you know that when you book a cultural or nature weekend with us €25,00 is also donated to Banko women center?
Are you reliable, problem solving and willing to learn about the Ghanaian culture in combination with women empowerment? This might be a big chance for you!
We are looking for help with some paperwork and fund raising, while we offer you the opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills, widen your view and getting to know another culture.
Volunteering via Moon&Star guesthouse is a personal development journey
We can use your help with some paperwork and fund raising. When you volunteer with us you need to realize that the project can and will also run without you. We are not saying that you won’t be an asset to the team, you will be an addition to the local team.
We strongly emphasize that volunteering abroad is a chance to learn, discover and explore. Once you let go of the idea that you are going to change the world, a whole new world opens up to you!
Travelling and living with locals opens you up more to other customs and habits in a different world, there but also at home.
Working at Banko Women center has helped me a lot in developing this. Besides that Ghana is a great country and I would recommend anyone to visit!
“I liked the fact that it was founded by Pat, a Dutch woman with over 20 years of experience in Ghana, so just like me, she has a bit of both worlds in her. By choosing the Banko Women Center, I knew that the e-book and course would give me a good preparation for the volunteer work.
In addition, I felt it was important to work on a project where there is a lot of focus on social sustainability so you can be sure that you are truly providing value.”
“I was quite surprised by the fact that progress was made after each working day. In the past, I’ve often done volunteer work, also in developing countries, where I often questioned my role and contribution as a volunteer and to what extent you help people progress. Often the ideas were there but to actually implement them was often difficult or did not happen.
Here it was not like that. You could see that both Patricia and Lydia work with passion on the project and really believe in it. When you are together in the office it is catching. Everyone wants to move forward.”
Click here to read all about Cecilia’s experience!
Costs and minimum duration of stay for volunteers
The minimum duration for your stay as a volunteer is 4 weeks.
As a volunteer for Banko women center, you don’t pay for your volunteering experience. But you will pay for your accommodation and 3 meals a day. The costs are €365,00 per month.
Sustainability is very important to us and to help ensure that you have more fun and impact during your time in Ghana, you will follow an online course and receive an E-book to prepare yourself. The investment for that is €45,00.
So in total you will pay €410,00 for an amazing month in Ghana. Of course you can stay longer as well. The charge is €85,00 per week.
If you need extra guidance, in the form of a personal guidance program including airport service, transfer to Moon&Star guesthouse, lot’s of explanation about traveling in Ghana etc, the charges will be €799,00 for the first month and after that €85,00 per extra week.
Link up with us when you are interested! You can make an appointment to talk face to face with Pat or send an email.
Banko women center is a joint initiative of Moon&Star guesthouse and Crossing borders for Ghana
As you may know, the biggest project of this foundation is Anja’s Children’s home. The children’s home has been in existence since 2007. Since 2012 we have not taken in any new children, even though the social services wanted to place more children with us. But we wanted to ensure a good future for the children, including good education.
We also believe that the wonderful foster parents who care for the children every day are entitled to a peaceful retirement.
For years we have been talking to various local leaders about what to do next. Because we want to stay involved in our community. We have learned a lot from the past and it is time for a more sustainable and ultimately self-sustainable project.
Anja’s children’s home will of course not just stop existing, but because there are many children on a further education and some have even finished there is a lot of space available. The children’s home is now divided into 2 parts and Banko Women center and Anja’s children’s home share the building.
For Moon&Star guesthouse, it is the first time we are devoting our time and energy to a large scale project on a very regular basis.
During the establishment of Banko women center you will find Patricia and her co-worker in the office every Wednesday and Thursday.