creating sustainable development for Ghanaian women and youth
The Atorkor Development Foundation, (ADF) is undertaking the establishment of a vocational training and employment centre in contemporary and traditional Ghanaian arts for the youth and women of Atorkor and area.
Over fishing by off-shore trawlers has crippled the local fishing industry resulting in massive unemployment in the area.
- The mission of ADF, the community based charitable organization (UK registered charity 1120603 and Ghana registered charity G8950), is to eradicate poverty in Atorkor and surrounding area.
- ADF has, to date, constructed an IT centre and library for the village school in 2005, a medical centre for the community in 2007, and a classroom block in 2010.
THE ATORKOR CENTRE
- The Centre will focus on training artisans in the traditional Ghanaian arts of batik, drum making, kente weaving, bead-making, basket-making, ironwork and carving. Using contemporary designs, the products will be marketed locally, on line, and in North America and Europe.
- ADF will partner with Village Volunteers to bring overseas students to study at the Centre. International instructors will be invited to enrich the contemporary Ghanaian designs
- Ghana Tourist Board will promote the centre as a destination to view the making of the artwork, purchase artwork and participate in Ghanaian culture with dance and drumming demonstrations, storytelling, and to visit the Memorial Slave Monument.
- When fully operational the Centre will provide apprenticeship and employment for up to 90 youth and women. Youths between 14 - 19 will apprentice in ironwork, carving and drum- making, giving them a viable skill to earn a living whether in Atorkor or elsewhere. Women will be trained in batik, weaving, bead-making and basketry.
- This Centre will give the women an opportunity to earn sustainable incomes to educate their children, get medications for them and better housing (some live in palm frond and mud huts).
The Centre will be built in three phases.
- Will include a large workshop, a retail space, covered walkways for art displays, administration office and kitchen. US $74,000
- Will include 2 more large workshops. Projected at US $58,000 (phase one and two plans attached)
- Will incorporate an existing historical slave memorial, house a museum, resource library, a conference/exhibition centre to feature cultural events like storytelling, drumming and dancing. Projected at US $85,000
- Total cost of the project including all three phases is US $217,000
- Estimated building time is 6 months for each phase to be completed.
- Solar panels will provide power.
- Water cisterns will collect roof water for landscaped gardens.
- The successful and experienced ADF building team, (from the Medical Centre, and classroom block) will be employed
- Community involvement: local labour will be used wherever possible.
- Volunteer manpower from Rotary and Village Volunteers will be used.
- A water tower will be constructed, to provide drinking and working water (i.e. for batik making etc) for the centre.
- Ceramic water filters will be used for drinking water.
Rotary clubs in Ontario, Canada for financial support
- Ongoing negotiations with Vitol Charitable Foundation, Britain for start-up costs.
- Negotiations with the US, Australian and Danish embassies in Ghana for financial assistance with start-up operating costs.
- Strong support has been given by the Keta Municipal Assembly, which has donated the land and agreed to assist with funding the Centre.
- UNESCO has agreed to train the Centre's instructors.
- Ghana Tourist Board has agreed to feature the Centre as a tourist and cultural centre.
- The Ghana Culture Fund is interested in supporting the operating of the Centre.
THIS PROJECT WILL HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY, BRINGING SUSTAINABLE INCOME TO AN AREA THAT HAS NO OTHER SOURCE OF VIABLE INCOME AT PRESENT. FUNDING IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THIS PROJECTS SUCCESS.
For further information please contact: www.adfatorkor.org
Peta Hall, Project Coordinator, Box 24 Bloomfield, ON. K0K 1G0, Canada
Tel: 1.613.393.1696(Canada),until January 2011; after at: 233 24.885.2149 (Ghana)
Dr. Samuel Adjorlolo, Head of the Atorkor Development Foundation, 20 Hall Lane, London NW4 4TN, Tel: +44 208.203.6820, Email:
Lois Okudzeto, Co-Project Coordinator, P.O.Box 9398, Accra, Ghana
Tel: 233 24.497.5244 Email: