Ebuakwa

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Ebuakwa is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana.  People in Ebuakwa are primarily dedicated to farming and charcoal sales.  There is a health center in Ebuakwa as well as two Community Health Workers.  There is a kindergarten, primary school, and junior high in the community, but for higher education community members must look elsewhere. There is a Community Bank in the community offering savings and loans services as well as a bakery micro-enterprise. As of 2017, there are 5 standpipes that provide clean drinking water to the population. Approximately 2% of homes have their own toilet facilities. The community expressed that their top needs are renovations to the health clinic, a vocational school, and agricultural input.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 500
Population : 4000
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Education : Up to Junior High
Distance From Lodging Facility : 45 Minutes
Homes with toilet facility : 2%

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The most common illnesses in Ebuakwa are malaria, diarrhea, hernia, and strokes.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Ebuakwa up to twice per year in an effort to provide access to basic health care services to the community members. In conjunction with the government-run Ghana Health Service, Global Brigades is working to improve healthcare in the region by:

  1. Improving the infrastructure and equipment of the existing Community Health Planning & Services (CHPS) facilities
  2. Educating community members about the benefits of health insurance, and assisting as many people as possible to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance plan
  3. Supporting and training existing Community Health Nurses

170

Volunteers - #

2571

Patient Consultations - #

209

Vision Screenings Provided - #

27

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
San Diego State University Medical Brigade January 2013 53
University of Connecticut Medical Brigade May 2013 41
University of California Los Angeles Medical Brigade December 2013 45
University of Missouri Medical Brigade May 2019 31

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EBUAKWA’S WATER CHALLENGE:

One of the major challenges for the development of the community was lack of access to clean, sufficient water. As it is closely located to the Gulf of Guinea, community members’ options to collect fresh water were limited since many of the underground water sources are saline and not usable for basic consumption needs. Community members, mostly women and children, were forced to make numerous trips per day to the neighboring community of Nananom to retrieve and carry water back to their homes.

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Project Beneficiaries

3

Standpipes

EBUAKWA’S WATER SOLUTION:

The Ghana Water Company is in charge of water distribution and treatment in the region where Ebuakwa is located. In 2016, Global Brigades worked with the GWC to modify and expand its distribution infrastructure to get treated water to strategic points within Ebuakwa where 3 standpipes were built. These standpipes give the 1,693 community members living in Ebuakwa, access to clean water, and meet the standards of the World Health Organization. By placing them in areas near the population, families spend less time and energy retrieving water for use in their homes. In addition to the standpipes, GB volunteers worked with community members to install rainwater harvesting units in homes and at the community’s school.

WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EBUAKWA’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in Ebuakwa, rely primarily on farming and selling charcoal to make a living. The primary goods and food products produced in Ebuakwa are cassava, maize, pineapple, plantains and sugarcane.   Reliance on agriculture and lack of access to basic financial services made economic growth in the community a serious challenge.

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Volunteers - #

EBUAKWA’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In general, baked goods are hard to come by in the Ekumfi district. Community members had to go either to Mankessim (45 mins away for 8 GHS) or to Kasoa (90 mins away from 12 GHS), which is far and expensive for a simple trip to get some bread. The community of Ekumfi Ebuakwa had some individuals that were already semi-skilled in baking and saw an opportunity to produce bread in the community.

The community members came together to establish the bakery in May 2014. The bakery has three basic departments – production, distribution and finances. The production team handles all aspects of the production process managed by trained bakers in the community. The community shopkeepers’ act as distributors and the bakery manager in addition to operations handles the finances. The community gave up a portion of community land for the project and put in all the necessary labor, sand and water needed to build the structure to house the bakery. The rest of the financing came as a long-term loan from the Community Bank.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Columbia University Microfinance Brigade 2013 14
London Business School Business Brigade 2013 14
London School of Economics Microfinance Brigade 2013 31
Emory University, University of Oxford, & Wesleyan University Business Brigade 2013 22
Columbia University Microfinance Brigade 2013 26
University of California Los Angeles Business Brigade 2014 10

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Ebuakwa but has not yet begun with the Public Health Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, implementation of a public health solution will start as soon as feasible.

 

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Brigade Volunteers

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Toilets Constructed

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Local Reference Points

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