A Voice for Forgotten Children

Education

Point Hope sponsors many children so they can attend school; primary, junior high, high school and college students benefit from Point Hope sponsorship.  We endeavor to make education available to refugees living in refugee camps and settlements, and to disadvantaged Ghanians. We start with toddlers, making sure they are educated while they attend our nutrition program. Playing with blocks, puzzles, coloring pictures, interacting on the playground are all encouraged with the pre-school children. Volunteers find these children so eager to learn and so happy all the time!

 
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Young children eagerly learning...

"Education" means so much more to Point Hope than the tradition class room setting. We try to use every interaction as an opportunity to teach, empower and educate. We teach the value of cultural studies and the rich history of West Africa. We have a pilot program, West African Wisdom Project (WAWP) that focuses on keeping the indigenous stories, traditions, songs and wisdom alive through recordings and documentations. We hope to publish and distribute this wisdom to local school age children and around the world. Point Hope is looking for college students to volunteer to speak to the elders in the villages and collect these powerful stories, and for funding to preserve and publish this wisdom.

Point Hope founder Delilah (Momma Delilah) teaching children the fable of the turtle and the hare.

Point Hope founder Delilah (Momma Delilah) teaching children the fable of the turtle and the hare.

Learning through traditional story telling 

There are a multitude of ways you can help Point Hope to educate children in West Africa. You can volunteer to travel to Ghana and work in the classroom with the students. If you are adventuresome you can gather traditional stories from the local elders as part of  West African Wisdom Project.  You can raise funds here to support children age pre-K through college. 

Graduation ceremony is a much anticipated event! Each child memorizes a poem or a verse and shares it before they receive their diploma.

Graduation ceremony is a much anticipated event! Each child memorizes a poem or a verse and shares it before they receive their diploma.

Education opens doors to the future

As with all our projects, Point Hope approaches education in a holistic way. We realize that a child suffering from malnutrition and can't focus or stay awake in class. We realize that feeding a child without educating the parent or care-giver about proper nutrition will not make a life changing impact. So we educate the entire village as to proper nutrition, sanitation and the value of education before the child ever enters the class room.