Which topics shape Africa’s future?

Accra at Night (Image Source)

To work in a sustainable way, it is important to look at the broader picture: What is the economic, social and demographic future of Africa? In 2015, World Economic Forum has published nine trends for Africas future. In this post we are assessing how and which of these trends are affecting local Ghanaians in rural areas and how Ancora of Hope plans to address them:


“[A]ccording to the UNICEF Generation 2030 Africa report, the current 1 billion-plus populous is expected to double within the next 35 years and its under-18 population to increase by two thirds to almost 1 billion.”

A crucial connection we see in our everyday work is the correlation between poverty and fertility. The more economic wealth families possess, the less children they will have, even in more traditional rural areas. This might be due to the fact that having many children often provides the only means of protecting parents’ future financial means.

Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having children. However, having many children often leads to an increase in child labour and many families are not able to provide emotionally and financially to all of them. We address this issue by providing skill and literacy trainings to adults and by empowering women to make independent choices. Nevertheless, we believe the only long-term strategy to reduce fertility has to be provided by policy reform, such as providing pensions and reliable quality health care

Rise of the individual

We observe these “increased demands for transparency and participation in government and public decision-making” in our work, but also young Ghanaians’ political frustration. Through lobbying and political activism we can achieve to shape politics in a peaceful and sustainable way.

Another side of the coin of individualism is a gradual dissolution of community and togetherness. Although it happens more slowly in rural areas, the trend is visible. Especially the most vulnerable suffer from this trend. To cover this problem, we work closely with those left behind by society, such as street children. Currently, we are building a community centre with the aim of providing regular exchange and education for street children in the long-term.

Enabling technology

This is an trend that is increasing at an enormous pace. More young people have access to internet and thereby unlimited information and free education. Technology also enables people to get to know other views and cultures, to make more informed choices and to empower women. We believe that with the help of technology, we can reduce the gap between rich and poor.

Ancora of Hope regularly publishes articles and websites that help our followers to gain new perspectives and extend their knowledge. We also plan to work with new technology in our facilities, such as e-book readers and tablets.

Economic interconnectedness

This trend is well visible through international firms and brands, movies and large-scale migration. Free trade is important, but we also acknowledge World Economic Forum’s assertion that “unless international conventions can be strengthened, progress and optimum economic benefits may not be realized”.

Climate Change & Resources Strees

This is one of the trends that have not gained enough attention by the Ghanaian public. Our consumption of plastic and other non-recyclable materials is severe. Although the government needs to provide the systematic changes, such as a recycling system and the use of reusable resources, we can support the fight against climate change by teaching children to take care of the environment. We do this by giving each child a space in our garden to take care of and by showing them ways of reusing material rather than throwing it away. One of our biggest role models is the Green School in Bali – have a look at it.


“Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050” (UN 2014). We experience many young Ghanaians who leave their village to go to the bigger cities such as Accra and Kumasi. They feel that rural areas have nothing to offer and no future for them. This is partly true to the fact that education and job opportunities are rare in these regions. We try to address the root causes of this issue by giving young Ghanaians more reasons to stay


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Updates: Empowering Young Women through Soap Making (Alata – Samina)

Take a glance at our 100% natural soap. A product of a group of young women (Amanfrom, Eastern Region of Ghana) through the project “Empowering Young Women through Soap Making (Alata – Samina)”.

The black soap is 100% naturally  and it can be used on face and body. Good for all types of skin.

To help sustain this project to reach maximum beneficiaries you can contact us at ancoraofhope@gmail.com


Health and wellbeing

First aid help to save lives, but it is impossible in village communities where there are no health personnels. In this case lives that can be saved goes perished.

Ancora of Hope Organization in partnership with Hesperian Health Guides are providing first aid tutorials to very remote villages within the Kwahu West Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana where there are no medical personnels.

This Project aims to educate community members in remote villages and at least train one resource person in every village on first aid tips to help in saving lives. #everylifematters


Health Awareness Creation: first aid tutorials for deprived communities

EN – Besease is a rural village community within the Kwahu West Municipality in Ghana, with about 500 inhabitants. The community has no source of power, health facilities, accessible road and only one borehole serves as unique source of water for the community.There are no other social amenities.

When somebody is severely sick, the person must be carried at ones back to walk  approximately 4 km to meet the main road and enable them to get car to the nearby hospital which is located 15 km away to access healthcare.

The community inhabitants are mainly peasant farmers. Thanks to the medical donation from LIONS CLUB Pieve di Soligo (TV) and the partnership with Tundra Stamperia, we have given education on health and other first aid tips to the Besease community.

IT – Besease è una comunità rurale all’interno del distretto occidentale in Ghana, con circa 500 abitanti . La comunità non ha alcuna fonte di energia, strutture sanitarie, strada accessibile e possiede una pompa che serve come unica fonte d’acqua per l’intero villaggio. Non ci sono altri servizi sociali .

Quando qualcuno è gravemente malato, la persona deve essere caricata sulle spalle fino ad incontrare la strada principale e consentire loro di raggiungere l’ospedale più vicino, che si trova a 15 km di distanza e accedere all’assistenza sanitaria.

Gli abitanti della comunità sono agricoltori principalmente contadini. Grazie alla donazione medico da LIONS CLUB Pieve di Soligo ( TV) e la partnership con Tundra Stamperia, abbiamo dato educazione alla salute e altri consigli sul primo soccorso alla comunità Besease .

Outreach Eyes Screening #1

Project Title: Screening visivo per 200 bambini della scuola di Nkawkaw in Ghana

Partners: Lions Club Pieve di Soligo (TV)


Since September 2015 Ancora of Hope Organization in partnership with Lions Club Pieve di Soligo (TV) are working on a sight-screening project reaching at least 200 children. The project aim at championing the eradication of various early sight defect which can be corrected with the use of lenses.

Project Activities:

Phase 1: Pre-screening activities, a screening to identify children positive to sight defect

Imagine showing the activities done during the phase 1. Soon updated on the following phases, stay tuned!










Save the Children

Rural-urban migration is one of the major factors leading to the increment of street children in our communities today due to lack of employment and skill training in our rural areas.

Team with Ancora of Hope Organization today by provision of a sustainable skill training program to create empowerment to women and youth to enable them to fend for themselves and their children through education, healthcare and good nutritional meal.

La migrazione rurale-urbana è uno dei principali fattori che oggi determinano l’aumento dei bambini di strada a causa della disoccupazione e la mancanza di formazione nelle aree rurali.

Unisciti oggi ad Ancora of Hope Organization per garantire un programma di formazione sostenibile e creare empowerment per le donne e i giovani per consentire di badare a loro stessi e ai loro bambini attraverso educazione, salute e una corretta alimentazione.