This month, the team at Defunkify partnered with Ghana Make a Difference - a humanitarian organization that was founded in July 2012 to protect vulnerable children and to preserve families in Ghana. We are honored to shed light on the work that Ghana Make a Difference (GMAD) makes in the communities in Ghana as well as support their team with some travel-friendly (and eco-friendly!) cleaning products.
About Ghana Make a Difference
Over the past six years, on five acres of land donated by the local village chief, GMAD has constructed and currently operates a main children’s home (8,200 sq ft), a smaller home for children with special needs, a school, a dental/medical clinic, and a volunteer house.
"We shelter children who have been abandoned and who have been rescued from forced child labor. We provide these vulnerable children with a place they can call home as we work to reintegrate them with their biological family or to place them in a new family. That’s because we believe there is no better way to raise the next generation than in families. We also believe that we are equipping the children who come through GMAD’s door with the tools necessary to raise a loving family when their time comes." - Austin Johnson, GMAD volunteer.
GMAD employs 31 local, full-time Ghanaian and refugee workers (nannies, social workers, teachers, cooks, maintenance and grounds workers, management), and each year GMAD has over 100 volunteers that travel to Ghana (mostly from the USA) to help maintain and operate the home.
GMAD's efforts are sustainable and the organization preserves families by providing a path to self-reliance through education, adult literacy, vocational training, social assistance, healthy living, and access to medical care. GMAD has a 100% giving model where all monies donated will go directly to the cause in Ghana.