Cheerful Hearts Foundation researches and manages its own projects, and it facilitates participation from overseas interns and volunteers. These interns and volunteers assist with interviews and several activities on our child labour project, assisting with the foundation’s office duties, others work in rural health services and schools, organizing HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, assisting midwifery in local clinics to reduce maternal mortality etc contributing immensely to the local community institutions.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation is a registered non-profit organization based in Ghana, West Africa aimed at providing support for the less privileged children and rural community development through Education, Health, Cultural Sensitization and Human Right Advocacy projects. Cheerful Hearts Foundation (CHF) was co-founded in 2008, by Eric Opoku Agyemang and Bright Fiatsi. The organisation was founded as a result of them both experiencing firsthand the difficulty of obtaining an education, but also seeing the incredible benefits that education can bring. They set about to start an organisation that would contribute to the educational needs of orphans and the less privileged children in their local communities in Ghana as well to help improve to existing health and educational facilities in the deprived communities of Ghana.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation is based in Kasoa, a nearby community which is about 30 minutes away from the Capital City Accra. We work primarily in Kasoa and surrounding communities of the Awutu Senya District, Ghana.
Although a relatively young organisation, CHF has already had a significant impact in the communities including donation of medical supplies to the Kasoa Government Hospital to improve health delivery services (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvULnx4_wWY), providing over 50scholarships to orphans and less privileged children, organizing HIV/AIDS educational campaigns for schools within the communities, organising reading projects , quiz and Essay competitions and award programmes to enhance learning and improving educational standards in the communities we operate and many more. Here are some online news articles on some of our past activities educational programmes. http://www.modernghana.com/news/378893/1/let-work-together-to-improve-the-education-botwe.html , http://www.cheerfulheartsfoundation.org/education/cheerful-hearts-foundation-vodafone/ ,
Currently Cheerful Hearts Foundation aims at rescuing less privileged children who are being exploited by fishermen in the three main fishing villages around the Kasoa area namely: Nyanyano, Gomoa Fetteh and Senya Beraku. Due to poverty and illiteracy in these fishing communities more children are being lured or forced into fishing preventing these children to have access to an education. Most of these children are orphaned staying with other family which makes it easier for them to be enticed or drawn into fishing and trafficking. The foundation rescue team interviews child labourers and fishermen to find possible ways of rescuing these children from child labour and trafficking and provide them full scholarship to go to school of their choice. In 2011, the foundation rescued and provided scholarship to 15children to go to school. The foundation is making efforts to raise funding through Global Giving to help end child labour in these communities. You can support the project online here http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-100-children-from-child-labour-in-ghana/ or read more on this project on our website http://www.cheerfulheartsfoundation.org/education/child-labour-project-phase/
The foundation has a very friendly and committed team of unpaid staff who are working hard to touch the lives of the needy, improve health and educational services in the Awutu Senya District (where Kasoa is found) and requires the services of international volunteers from all over the world to contribute to the vision of this foundation whilst you learn the local cultures and gaining firsthand experience on actual social issues facing the communities. Volunteers and interns become part of the team on arrival since all staff are not paid hence classified volunteer staff and this help all volunteers to feel at home, share their views and contribute their ideas to assist the work of the foundation.
Please kindly read more about Cheerful Hearts Foundation on our website www.cheerfulheartsfoundation.org
Eric Opoku Agyemang
Cheerful Hearts Foundation