Gbawe is a town in Greater Accra about … kilometres west of the Ghanaian capital, Accra with a population of about 44,000. About 45% of residents are unemployed with high percentage of young people and high youth unemployment.
Many of the residents lack basic skills and this makes it difficult for them to access jobs resulting in families to continue to experience extreme poverty. Founder, Mr Philip Appiah, who was raised in Gbawe community, experienced how extreme poverty and lack of literacy impacted adversely on health which in turn affects an individual’s ability to acquire and maintain employment.
Education is the key to upward mobility, but access to it is limited in rural Ghana especially in the Gbawe community with only one public school available, which is overcrowded and so the teachers are therefore unable to give individual attention to any pupil in the normal school hours thereby affecting attainment levels.
In addition, Gbawe’s population is mainly comprised of low-income families that cannot afford private education for their children resulting in many under 13 years-old not being enrolled in any formal education.
For this reason, Paajaf was established primarily to provide a range of support services for children, young people, and women