RUSODEF: Help Out Ghana

RUSODEF is a local community organization in rural Ghana.  Walisu Alhassan, a tour guide and community organizer from the area, founded this community based environment and development program.  By involving local villagers and fostering their leadership skills, community based development creates sustainable development.

The objective of this project is to help the 100 families and the local school in 12 Ghanaian villages located in the north part of Ghana. Furthermore, due to their geographic location in the north state of Tamale, and therefore away from the capital, it is a region challenged by broad poverty, lack of infrastructure, desertification, unpredictable rainfall patterns, and food insecurity. Most people in the region live below the $1 per day level and basic needs such as public health, food, access to clean water and sanitation, and literacy are limited.

The region’s major needs include improved education systems and infrastructure, so that the local people can build a better future for themselves and their children.  For students in developing countries around the world, education can be the only sustainable path out of poverty.

Professor Heather Heckel, one of my mentors, lead my course on International Environment and Development during my Washington Semester Program at American University.  As part of the fall semester course we spent a month traveling around Ecuador applying the major IED themes we learned the weeks preceding the trip.  In the spring Professor Heckel takes her students on a similar journey in Ghana. Professor Heckel works closely with RUSODEF and needs support if you are willing.

If you would like to support the RUSODEF organization and help bring education to the 100 families in need please click here.

Additionally, Professor Heckel’s class hopes to raise at least $2,000 USD to provide life straw household water filters to 100 Ghanaian families/households as well as the Taha school.  If you would like to help bring clean water to Ghana please click here.

Individuals and groups can pay to visit the RUSODEF Project village. Tour the traditional compound, observe first-hand pottery production, visit the village water dam, and attend a drumming and dnace performance. Funds from the tourism program go towards the schools and a micro-loan program.

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