Papagya

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Papagya is located in the Central Region of  Ghana.  People in Papagya are primarily dedicated to farming, animal raising, and cacao growing. The community has a CHPs clinic directly in community. The community also has access to a private pharmacy.  Currently, the community uses boreholes and a river/creek to access water. Approximately, only about 40 percent of the community have access to safe and clean drinking water.  Community members have access to school from kindergarten through junior high-school.  The community expressed that their top needs are a larger supply of water, improved toilet facilities, and a processing facility for cassava and oranges.

District: Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese

Region: Central

Homes : 307
Population : 2968
Water System : No
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Education : Up to Junior high school
Percent of homes with toilet facility : 2%

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Papagya 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, GB is working to improve healthcare in the region including the support of establishing and training local Community Health Volunteers.  

The most common illnesses seen in Papagya are malaria, cough, and skin rashes.

Community Nurse in Ekumfi

60

Volunteers - #

1701

Patient Consultations - #

410

Vision Screenings Provided - #

15

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of San Diego Medical Brigade January 2019 30
University of Oklahoma Medical Brigade May 2019 30

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Papagya 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.

Standpipe in Papagya

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Volunteers - #

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Standpipes

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Household connections

WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

PAPAGYA’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.

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Volunteers

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Micro-enterprises consulted

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Savings accounts opened

PAPAGYA’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.

Papagya has not yet established a Microfin “MHope group,” but will begin as soon as feasible. The shareholders of the MHope group will weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

PAPAGYA’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.

Business brigade volunteers who work in Papagya will consult with KWEKSFARMS palm fruit and cassava processing business.

A cassava-processing business in the nearby community of Ayeldu

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Carnegie Mellon University Business Brigade March 2019 8

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Papagya 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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Volunteers

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Toilets Constructed

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Local Reference Points

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