Hamlet of Hope
Hamlet of Hope is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that seeks to empower rural communities primarily in the Volta Region of Ghana through improvements to agriculture, education, and public health. Our hope is that through our work, members of these communities will see themselves as the solution to the problems that affect them.
The continent of Africa and Ghana in particular, holds a lot of economic, cultural, humanitarian and agricultural interest for so many people. The issues affecting the region are undeniably vast: poverty, economic subjugation, hunger, deplorable public health conditions, and lack of potable water, environmental devastation and violence. Thankfully, the will to confront these problems is growing throughout numerous communities in Ghana, and forward-thinking people are organizing, mobilizing and getting prepared to meet the challenges of a new millennium.
OURVISION As an organization, we aim to create an atmosphere of cooperation, creativity. . To empower communities, grassroots organizations and individuals through the provision of quality services, to enable them to take their destiny in their own hands and become caring, competent and responsible partners who value development as a lifelong process of change.
You Are What Keeps Us Running! As a development organization with a specific focus on fostering a steady flow of international volunteers, we aim to bring knowledge, skills and resources from a global pool of enthusiastic people like you to help solve local problems in both rural and urban areas of Ghana. The life experiences that you bring to the table complement local knowledge to create solutions that we would have otherwise not conceived, and that is what makes our collaboration so valuable.
Promoting volunteerism as our central tenet provides us with other benefits as well; This structure allows Hamlet of Hope to accomplish its goals without a large staff and the high overhead expenses that come along with it, ensuring that a greater percentage of the money we receive goes towards the development projects themselves as opposed to keeping a large bureaucratic structure intact. We also never find ourselves paralyzed when money from overseas donors is not available because our development projects are continually supported by funding from volunteer visits as well as the tours that we provide to non-volunteers. By implementing this structure, we can generate a financial backing that allows us to continue our work on a grassroots level with a consistent momentum.
We Offer You Complete Cultural Immersion Being that our organization is based on the kindness of volunteers, we make sure to return their kindness with some of Ghana's legendary hospitality. Hamlet provides accommodation for volunteers in homestays with families in the communities that they will be working in, where they'll be provided with filtered water and home-cooked Ghanaian cuisine. Not only is this method much cheaper than lodging in a hotel, but we find that this is quite simply the best way to truly get to know the culture and values of Ghanaian people... and our volunteers agree! On top of this, volunteers are accompanied by professional and seasoned project managers and field officers with an immense knowledge of the communities in which they work. All of this is to provide you with a genuine taste of what it is like to live in Ghana and make your experience more fruitful. We believe that cultural immersion will not only inform your work as a volunteer, but will also prove to be one of the most valuable things that you take home from your experience.
Some of the issues we are most passionate about are:
- Improve the quality of education through the supply of well equip volunteers of international repute to teach and inspire young children in the project communities.
- Supporting small holder farmers in the communities in the establishment of additional livelihoods for additional income generation.
- Establishment of training centres for the production of livestock.
- Sensitization of communities on sanitation
- Sensitization of small holder farmers on environmental protection, Bushfire prevention and management
- Support communities to improve upon their water management systems.
- Support the various health centres with basic health facilities through the donor support of our volunteers and donors.
- Building a Home and Community Resource Center to Rescue Trafficked Children
- Providing Educational Opportunities for All Children
- Creating Sustainable Programs for Empowerment of Women's and Girls' Empowerment
BECAUSE OUR VOLUNTEER FEES ARE SO LOW, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DONATE TO OUR PROJECT TO HELP US DO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO.
Documentation and preservation of herbs through interviews and documentation. Volunteer in a preschool school. Volunteer in a primary school. Teach vocational training of all kinds. Work with teenage girls to encourage and empower them to stay in school. Help create sustainable agricultural projects. Empower widows and single women through literacy and vocational training. Help preserve culture and language through interviews and documenting. Teach English. Teach money management and life skills. Teach literacy and adult education. Teach art or music.