Okwawu City Soccer Academy
Mehiel Foundation is proud to support this incredible, sports oriented Non-Government Organisation (NGO) based in the village of Obomeng, in the Eastern region of Ghana.
Our main aims are supporting the development of amazing, young, local football talent, as well as encouraging community progress through such projects as sanitation, education and poverty relief in and around the beautiful community of Obomeng.
Investment into sport in emerging countries is much less than in developed ones, as sport is usually not a top priority in the national budget or in the education system of most developing countries.
We believe in ending poverty through sport by providing the basic tools for childhood development.
By taking part in sports, children are less likely to be negatively influenced by extremist groups, are made to feel important and are kept out of trouble.
We strive to educate the young and promote equality for all genders, religions, and creeds. The United Nations has stated that sport is a human right and essential for childhood development. By using sport to reduce poverty, individuals of every age can lead a healthier and more fulfilling life.
There are currently around 40 boys across two football teams, in the under 13 and under 15 age groups. We have massive aspirations to support them as they grow, to reach their full sporting potential. We also have a dream that one of the children will become a future Ghana Black Star, like the world class team coach Eric Ampadu.
By providing a safe space, and developing a program of opportunities, children coming to the Okwawu City Soccer Academy are able to progress in school and to reach their full sporting potential.
Further, participation in our other charitable activities allows them to develop an important sense that they are supporting others, and teaches them the value of community spirit.
We Need Your Help
The current building, accommodating children and volunteers is far too small for its purpose. Luckily, the village Chief has very kindly granted the Academy a plot of land, on which quarters can be built to house everyone comfortably and large enough to fit a training pitch as well.
Building is expensive in Ghana which is why we need your help to make this dream come true.
We are raising money to buy a Tro-Tro. Anyone who visited Ghana, will have seen the big multi-seater passenger vans that we call Tro-Tros. They are a really cheap way to allow people to move from place to place in Ghana.
The cost of one of these Tro-Tros is around £10,000 but they can generate a constant income stream of £400-£600 every month whilst also employing two drivers.
With the profits from a Tro-Tro, we can build nearly four new accommodation rooms per year, achieving our most basic aim of having rooms and access to toilet facilities in just two and a half to three years. Beyond that, we can have a full academy complex set up within five years.
Please help offer these young talents the opportunities they deserve.