Ghanaian NGO, Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA), Makes Local Impact through Global Volunteers

Post date: Jul 29, 2010 9:13:27 AM

Ghanaian NGO, Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA), Makes Local Impact through Global Volunteers

Record number volunteers travel from all over the world to a small town outside of Ghana’s capital to bring put their humanitarianism to practice.

Pokuase, Ghana (July 26, 2010) – The red-dirt roads and warm smiles of the Ghanaian people meet volunteers from all over the world, as they embark upon their journey with grassroots NGO, VPWA to create local change. Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa is a non-profit organization founded, in 2007, under the belief that disadvantaged groups must be recognized as agents of change. Director, Hayford Siaw, created the organization with the desire to engage global volunteers in Ghanaian culture and to allow each of them to act as catalysts for transformations.

VPWA recently reached a record number of volunteers since the organization’s birth. Mr. Siaw gladly reports that 24 volunteers currently work to better the projects and people of Ghana. VPWA specializes in various projects, to meet different needs and preferences, from microfinance to education, health to architecture. With over 20 project areas, the organization is growing, impacting, and changing its surroundings.

The microfinance project began in November 2009. Since then, over 8,400 GHC have been given out of loans to a total of over 30 beneficiaries. First and second loan beneficiaries have benefited from the loans, by being able to further their businesses, develop their skills, and make a profit. Microfinance volunteer Cecilia Weihe comments on her experience, “The women of Ghana are very strong and deserving of the microfinance project. I am excited to see what they will be able to accomplish through the generosity of volunteers and donors all over the world.”

The newest VPWA project is working towards the construction of a youth development centre. The construction began 25 days ago through the work of volunteers and local Ghanaian workers. The centre is meant to train African youth in Information Communication and Solar Technology in Damang, near Nsawam of Eastern Region of Ghana. This project, along with many others, will continue through the impact of VPWA’s vision and volunteerism.

Volunteers, donors, and investors are encouraged to become involved in this progress, beginning with VPWA’s website.


Cecilia Weihe, Microfinance & Marketing/PR

Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA)

+233 24 3340112