OAfrica is located in a small village called Ayenyah, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside of the country’s capital of Accra. The village has a population of approximately 371 people, the majority of which are women and children. With limited employment opportunities in the area, the Ayenyah community experiences challenges in the areas of education, health and economic development.
Since arriving in 2005, OAfrica has made community development a high priority, installing toilets and water faucets, and building a primary school, junior high school and health clinic for community members. In addition, a laterite road was completed to facilitate easier transportation to and from the community. OAfrica was honored to be the recipient of the 2005 Natural Award for Ecology for the ecological aspects of the projects, including it’s use of solar and wind energy, and the use of local materials to construct the buildings.
In 2013, OAfrica continued to implement the sports development program for the community children, in partnership with Laureus Sport for Good. This program offers physical education and sports activities including volleyball, basketball, and football (soccer). With support from Laureus, OAfrica was able to commission a new football pitch that is now rented out to neighboring communities and local football leagues. Sporting equipment, boots and uniforms were purchased as well. Extensive life skills training is integrated into all sports activities, whereby youth learn about leadership skills, confidence building, hygiene and the importance of healthy living.
In partnership with the Ghana Health Service, OAfrica has provided a health clinic for use by Ayenyah’s families and those in surrounding communities. The clinic provides antenatal, maternity and postnatal care, as well as first aid and treatment for communicable diseases, child health and nutrition, general health treatment and community outreach and education.
Finally, OAfrica has provided employment to many local community members who serve as drivers, cooks, maintenance and cleaning staff, sports coaches and security guards, thereby contributing to the local economic development of the village.