The PAAJAF Foundation (Providing Adolescents and Adults Jobs for Advancement in Future) is working on behalf of underprivileged children, youth and women in rural Ghana to end poverty and illiteracy through education and job training programs.
The organization was founded in Gbawe, Ghana in 2007 by youth activist and accountant Mr. Philip Kye Appiah and teacher Ms. Juliet Yayera Afua Adusei. Born and raised in Ghana, Mr. Philip Appiah himself experienced to what extent extreme poverty was undermining children’s access to education and, consequently, the prospect of a better life. His vision was shared with Ms. Juliet Adusei, who had teaching experience in local schools, which led to the creation of the organization.
PAAJAF was established to provide a range of support services for children, young people and women who live in the Village of Gbawe, peripheral-urban Accra, Ghana. In Gbawe, 45% of the residents are unemployed. The percentage of young people in the area is high, as is youth unemployment. A lack of basic skills makes it difficult for individuals to access employment, and families continue to experience extreme poverty. Extreme poverty and lack of literacy both adversely impact health; ill-health in itself also impacts an individual’s ability to acquire and maintain employment, trapping individuals and families in a cycle of continuous deprivation.
In view of the information we identified about the Gbawe community, we concluded that education is the key to upward mobility. There are few jobs for the illiterate. As populations in cities grow, schools are overwhelmed and classes are far too large for adequate learning to take place. Parents depend on their children in old age, and if their children can’t get jobs, parents worry about their security in old age. If a child in the family succeeds, then he or she will be able to help the others. African women appear strong but they are provided their social position from their husbands, and single women with families find themselves marginalised. We deemed it necessary to step in to provide charitable services that support the children, youth and women of Gbawe.
PAAJAF Foundation is a registered NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with a Certificate of Recognition from the Government of Ghana – Department of Social Welfare in Ghana – Certificate Number D.S.W./4003 and Register General G21, 781.