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How we came into being

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About us: what we are

Ofie Support Unit (NGO) is a Ghanaian non-governmental organisation. It was founded in 2014 by the will of a group of friends. Some of them are linked to a family who has always been active in the social life of the Akwapim Municipality (it's a town in the Akwapim North district, Eastern Region of the country).
The idea is to intervene on the living conditions of the most marginalized communities in the area, through small support actions built together with other organisations, communities, institutions, people.
The local situation from which we have decided to start our path, thanks to the Maame Mary's Foundation joint efforts, is the village of Akwatiakwaso (near Adawso town).

Ofie Support Unit (NGO) is configured as a local articulation, a small connection node of a borderless network: the solidarity, cooperation and development network.
The local scope of its action and the fact that it's a small organisation, strictly connected to the daily life of its members, are the strength points of Ofie Support Unit (NGO).
What we offer to the world is the ability to directly interact with our territory, its real people, its problems.
We are open to volunteers who'd like to contribute to the realization of the projects in which we are involved.

We are currently active in two projects.

One is in progress: the shared plan for the Akwatiakwaso village, developed in cooperation and through the precious support of our Maame Mary's Foundation friends (Dutch-Ghanaian foundation).
Two of the three foreseen steps in this plan have already been achieved (a basic census of the population, and the assessment of the 'drinking water' situation ).
It is yet to be defined (and to be started), the construction of a small "Community Center" in the village: building activity that will be open to volunteers under the guidance of experienced personnel.

It's right now possible to teach as volunteer at the primary and junior high school "Nana Aframea Preparatory School", with which we intend to perform some activities, such as small maintenance jobs, school library collection development and the supply of teaching materials.
The school is very close to the house where our guest accommodations are located, less than 3 minutes on foot: a good first experience in the field of cooperation and volunteering.
The children caring activity is open for women only.

How to interact with us?

What we have to offer and how we operate: hospitality, participation in our projects, or in those of an organisation chosen by yourself, ethical tourism.
Our proposal is simple: we aim to self-fund our activities through our work, which is the provision of a service.
We offer a hostel-service for volunteers and ethical tourists.
We provide food and accommodation, and the connection to and from the International Accra Airport.
Anyone can sojourn with us: volunteers who want to participate in our projects; volunteers who want to participate in projects from other NGOs, institutions or organisations of their choice; those who want to practice a form of ethical tourism, living a full ghanaian experience, in the times and in the forms of conviviality, sharing life with an African family.
Ofie Support Unit (NGO) entirely reinvests contributions for organisational purposes.
The contributes for the service are divided into percentages: one part is to cover the costs of room and board and the commitment to assist you during your stay, a part goes to the logistics of the NGO, a part will be used to fund projects.

How contributions are used (%) :

50% for projects
20% to the family (food, housing costs + water)
30% for NGO logistics (including guest transport service to and from the Accra international airport, the renting costs for the office close to the Akwatiakwaso village, fixed costs for document renewal and electricity)

Remember that work is for us the main self-financing source.

The logic of this approach is based on a simple principle: only if we correctly operate our organisation works.
In the era of Web and real time communications, any feedback is public and globally accessible. So our guests and our volunteers will always hold the keys of our destiny.
This incentive is a guarantee for us and for our guests, for our volunteers and for organisations which want to relate and interact with us.
We provide a service, related to the goals of a non-profit social enterprise that, in its small way, works to promote the development of our disadvantaged areas.

We have a facility that can comfortably accommodate 10 people, with some accommodations just outside of the the main family-house, to allow more autonomy and privacy. A hygienic service and a shower running through the basic system of the bucket / bucket-shower (we are in a rural region of Africa, remember!); we can provide meals compatible with the the international food tastes (the Ghanaian typical food is generally a bit spicy, it depends on how you want it: but you have any way to try it).
We have many years of experience in the hospitality sector, with people of all ages and nationalities.
We can enrich your stay with small experiences such as: a contact with the world of African art, traditional Ghanaian festivals (if there are during your stay), a day spent visiting the Museum and the famous market of Accra. And for football fans there is the opportunity to train with the football team of the Akwatiakwaso village in leisure hours. You can consider to teach something to the team if you are experienced in football. Or you can simply enjoy some sport with friends.



 
 




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Our name, our logo

Ofie in our language means "home".
Home for toddlers and older adults, for those who are in need. Home as a necessity, as a project.
A shared place for a family, or for those who have nothing.

In our logo is depicted a child, the future.
A circle, around he/she, is intended to indicate protection, community, meeting: in one word, home.
The colors are those of our flag: Ghana as the common home.