Ekrawfo

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Ekrawfo is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana. A typical home in Ekrawfo is made of concrete blocks, clay, or wood. People in Ekrawfo are primarily dedicated to farming and there are some small businesses. There is a health clinic in Ekrawfo, including a maternity clinic nearby the community.  When Global Brigades conducted a needs assessment in 2017, about 30% of homes had toilets and most people used the free, public toilets. Currently, standpipes, wells, and boreholes provide access to safe drinking water to about 40% of homes in Ekrawfo. Community members have access to school from kindergarten through junior high school. There is a community bank in Ekrawfo that offers savings and loans services. The community expressed that their top needs are more standpipes, a library, and improvements to the health clinic.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 430
Population : 2567
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Majority
Health Center : Yes
Education : Up to junior high
Distance from Lodging Facility : 45 - 60 Minutes
Homes with toilet facility : 30%

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The most common illnesses in Ekrawfo are malaria, diarrhea, and chest infections.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Ekrawfo 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 assist as many people as possible to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance plan
  3. Supporting and training existing Community Health Nurses

 

Community Nurse in Ekumfi

142

Volunteers - #

2769

Patient Consultations - #

548

Vision Screenings Provided - #

75

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN EKRAWFO:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Pennsylvania State University Medical Brigade December 2012 35
State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Medical Brigade May 2013 35
Texas A&M University & University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Brigade December 2013 16
University of Texas Austin Medical Brigade January 2018 23
California State University East Bay Medical Brigade January 2019 20
DePaul University Medical Brigade June 2019 13

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Ekrawfo but has not yet begun with the Water Brigades program.  Now in the planning phase, implementation of a water solution will start as soon as feasible.

WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EKRAWFO’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Rural communities in Ghana face a number of structural obstacles when it comes to economic growth. Access to credit is limited by physical barriers in transportation and exclusion from formal financial institutions. If community members aren’t able to access these institutions, their only option is to solicit credit from loan sharks, who charge exorbitant interest rates. Additionally, maintaining savings is not a common practice in rural communities in Ghana.The main source of income in Ekrawfo is farming and petty trading.

N/A

Volunteers - #

13

Savings Accounts Opened - #

EKRAWFO’S MICRO-FINANCE SOLUTION

The GB Business Program works with Microfin Rural Bank to stimulate the local economy by organizing community volunteers around a community bank which is entirely owned and operated by its members. Focusing on providing access to credit and savings for their fellow community members, its volunteers are tasked with socializing the community bank and managing the funds. Microfin and the GB Business Program provides training and support to help strengthen these community banks and stimulate the flow of capital within the community. These financial services are especially beneficial for subsistence farmers and entrepreneurs, who can invest more heavily in their production with a loan, pay back the loan after sales, and generate an income with any excess.

Ekrawfo has one Microfin “MHope group”: Enkakyir Group (est. October 2018). The shareholders of the MHope group meet weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

EKRAWFO’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to working with the community banks, the Business Program provides support and technical skills in establishing anchor businesses that generate additional capital. The goal is to better integrate isolated communities into the local economy and allow for growth. During this process, interested community members receive training to increase their familiarity with business terminology, develop their business administration skills, and promote innovation and diversification in the types of business ventures they pursue.

The Business Program will start hosting Business Brigades in Ekrawfo to study the local market in hopes of identifying and developing potential business opportunities for the community as soon as feasible.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Ekrawfo 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

N/A

Toilets Constructed

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Local Reference Points

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