IN THEIR SHOES

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

Budget: 1650 euros

Kids with shoes: 490

The idea behind “On the way to school” is to teach members of the community the process of shoemaking, thus creating new opportunities for the population while providing the children with a good new pair of shoes that they can use in their everyday life.

In Ghana the rules are very strict regarding the clothing one wears to school, so it's important that everyone has their own shoes. Sometimes children borrow shoes just to go to class, but the rest of the day they go barefoot, which puts them at risk. 

When the project started in April 2019, the Madanfo project team set up a workshop and hired Collins, a cobbler from Okarase region to teach three (Ameda, Massimo and Azequiel) members of the region the shoe making process. 

A week after training we started the production of 100 pairs of shoes (sandals). These shoes went for sale for 5 cedis, a very low and affordable price for the community. The proceeds allow us to pay for the materials and the salaries of the new cobblers which are subsidized by Madando Project. 

Today we are very pleased to announce that Children from Okorase, Timeabu and Abetenim Ghana got a pair of shoes !

Detailed description of the project
The NGO 'Madanfo Project, education for change' wants to create a cooperative dedicated to the production of shoes for children from the school of Abetenim, a village located in the Ejisu-Juaben district, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
This project will help to solve several of the problems detected in the trip to Ghana Madanfo Project made in 2017. The main problem is that children do not attend school due to lack of shoes, school uniform or school material. In addition, it has been detected a very low employment rate in the area. There is a great need to introduce new trades and opportunities that can help young people to find a job.
The idea of the project is to create a circular economy, in which a new trade will be taught and members of the community will have access to a new job. The shoes they will make will be for the children of Abetenim and its surroundings.The project is divided in different phases appropriate to the needs of the place and the evolution and development over time of the project:
Phase 0: Investigation and preparation of the project

Phase 1: Hiring of an experienced shoemaker to teach to some members of the community. The process of making shoes and effective production methods will be taught. The shoes made during this phase will be given to the children of Abetenim.
Phase2: The production of shoes will now be more stable and it will be given to the poorests and more needed families in the neighboring communities. At the same time the shoes will be introduced in the local markets, where they can be sold for an affordable price to locals and tourists. In this way the workshop will begin to raise money to cover the expenses in materials and salaries of the workers.

Phase 3: After the first two phases Madanfo Project will have obtained enough information to have all the necessary knowledge and see how things work and evolve in relation to the project. In this phase, funds will be raised in order to design and build a workshop fully suited to the needs for the production of the shoes, so that the project can continue to function and be sustainable by itself.

Analysis of needs
During the three month Madanfo Project stayed in Abetenim, an investigation of the problems and needs of the village was carried out. Madanfo Project was in contact with the members of the community, who collaborated and helped by providing Madanfo Project all the necessary information.
The population of Abetenim has a low economic level and often their basic needs are not covered. In general they cannot access basic health services and their hygiene levels are very low.
The income of the population comes mostly from their work in local farms or in some of the services that are in the village.
One of the most critical sectors of the population are young people, who finish their primary studies without having the possibility of continuing them and therefore cannot find a job.
Children also represent a critical sector within the inhabitants. Although they have access to free education from 1 to 18 years, they are still a vulnerable part of society because they can not access health services or do not have adequate food.
Finally Madanfo Project made a list with the most urgent needs that were analyzed in Abetenim and surrounding villages

With the project On the way to school, several of the most necessary problems will be addressed like: youth unemployment, the introduction of new trades that can guarantee a future to the population or children’s access to basic elements such as shoes.

Specific objectives

  • Children will have access to the basic needs that a child should have when going to school: They will be given a pair of shoes.
  • Learning a new trade and have access to a new job for the members of the community
  • The families, the community in general and the authorities will be sensitized to avoid attitudes of marginalization

Beneficiary population
Madanfo Project works in favor of the most disadvantaged populations. The NGO considers of great importance the development of this project and the possibility of its continuity over time.

The project will support children from disadvantaged families who can not afford to spend their money on buying the items that are necessary to go to school
In addition, the Cooperative will serve as an example of an economically sustainable work model and will be beneficial for the community.
In the first phase, children from the most disadvantaged families will be given the shoes until the 307 children in the school receive a pair of shoes.
After this first phase, the second phase will continue, in which shoes will be provided to children from the most disadvantaged families in the neighboring villages.In addition, the shoes will be taken to the local market, where access to footwear will be provided to boys and girls from other regions.
During the first phases the Cooperative will be established in one of the constructions previously built for the community by volunteers. These constructions are made with sustainable construction methods using local materials and construction techniques adapted to local uses.
Once it has been proven that the project is viable and economically sustainable over time, a workshop will be designed specifically for the production and realization of shoes.This workshop will be designed by Madanfo Project with sustainable architectural techniques and local materials.
Direct beneficiaries

  • Children who attend the school of Abetenim, which will receive a pair of shoes in order to be able to go to school. Currently, there are 230 children between the ages of 1 and 16 attending school.
  • Members of the community who will be instructed a new trade and they will most likely get a job in this area.

Indirect beneficiaries

  • The entire population of Abetenim that will find in the Cooperative help for their children by getting shoes.
  • Introduction of a new trade in the community
  • Introduction of a new product in the local market, which will possibly attract more buyers.

Feasibility and economic sustainability

The realization of the project will be promoted with a first investment of money and the project is intended to be economically sustainable over time. The project will receive financial support from the NGO Madanfo Project until it can stand on its own. This time is calculated to be a maximum of 4 month.
 
It has the support of local authorities to make the project come to fruition. In addition, the members of the community guarantee their involvement in the project to guarantee the sustainability of the project when the external aid ends.