A sudden death of WCHS beloved uncle Meteu Naa

A Big Tree Has Fallen.

On behalf of the Wechiau Naa, Patrons of the WCHS, CREMA Executive Committee WCHS, Staff, all people of the Sanctuary Area wish to officially inform you on the sudden death of our beloved Chief, Father, Uncle, Husband, Grand father, Mentor, Former Treasurer of the WCHS, Life Patron of the WCHS, He was a father to all, great leader, Mentor to all and a community giant who stood in to help solve many of our problems. He passed on yesterday at around 11:00am. May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.
Funeral Arrangement
1. Burial was done yesterday 14/07/2019
2. Community gathering to Arrange the funeral 15/07/20193. 3rd day funeral Rites 17/07/20194. 7th day funeral Rites 21/07/20195. 12th day funeral Rites 26/07/20196. 40 days funeral Rites will be in August, 2019 which is the Biggest event, the date and day will be communicated to you all.
Thanks to you all and best wishes, please let us spread this unfortunate news to any one whom you think is not on the like but related to the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary and the Late Meteu Naa one way or the other.
R Y Abudulai IssahakuManager, WCHS

Lord Paul Boateng endorses Friends of Wechiau Annual Report

We have recently had a wonderful endorsement to our Annual report for 2018/19 from The Rt Hon the Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley, formerly Chief Secretary of Her Majesty’s Treasury and High Commissioner to South Africa, see below …..
“Small locally based charities with a focus on community to community support have a continuing and important role to play in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.  Significantly they also build global solidarity from the grass roots.  Governments come and go but peoples and their relationships remain.  Growing up in Ghana and having lived and worked in both the U.K. and Africa I know just how much the shared bonds of common humanity between peoples matters in transforming the lives of donors and beneficiaries alike.  Friends of Wechiau is a small charity that punches above its weight with a welcome focus on outcomes and impact. The needs it meets are real and ongoing and its work deserves to flourish.  I wish Friends of Wechiau continuing success.”
Read the Annual Report for yourself and see the achievements of Friends of Wechiau and a summary of the results of a recent evaluation of the scholarship programme undertaken by students at Vancouver Island University.

Great News -some fantastic new donations!

A big thank you to the Royal Over-Seas League Taunton who adopted Friends of Wechiau to be the beneficiary for their fund-raising efforts  last year. They raised the huge sum of £1,220 which will go towards providing more educational scholarships and school supplies for young people living at the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary.

Six new scholarship students selected

This year there was considerable competition for the Friends of Wechiau Senior High School scholarships, with 30 applicants from 8 different primary schools.

It is good to see how primary education in the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary has expanded over the years, with more young people coming forward to extend their education.  This year six students were selected to receive scholarships which will assist them in their studies away from their home.  Although the Ghanaian Government now pays the school fees for senior high school there are still additional costs and the scholarship are important to enable these young people to concentrate on their studies. Only one young women out of the six, this year, achieved high enough grades to be considered for a scholarship which demonstrates there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality. But we will continue to promote more women to succeed in their studies.

Wechiau Girls Model School presented with educational materials

In Apiril 2019, much needed schools supplies were presented to the students of Wechiau Girls Model School at a Parents and Teachers Association meeting. Each year Friends of Wechiau send money to buy some educational materials for one primary school chosen by the Wechiau CREMA Executive Board. You can see the presentation watch by students, parents and teachers in these photographs.

school supplies April 19


Seasons Greetings from Friends of Wechiau

The trustees of Friends of Wechiau wish everyone  well over the festive season and for the forthcoming year.
We have had a good year with very positive results from the evaluation of the scholarship programme by a student from Vancouver Island  University, Canada. Also a big thank you to the Taunton Branch of the Royal Over-Seas League who adopted Friends of Wechiau for their charity fundraising for the year.  You can read more about the evaluation and our ongoing work in our latest newsletter (click the link)
If you would like to donate to Friends of Wechiau follow the link  Donate

Royal Overseas League Taunton talk

Thank you to The Royal Overseas League Taunton for inviting Ann Bannister and Janet Kirk to speak at their meeting today about the work of Friends of Wechiau.  We are pleased to announce that the Royal Overseas League Taunton have adopted Friends of Wechiau for their fund-raising efforts for this year.

Newsletter August 2018

Here is the latest FoW Newsletter_Aug18 from Friends of Wechiau which I urge you to read. It details how we spent the funds last year on scholarships and education materials and the progress of one of our scholarship students, Hassan.  We are also appealing to people to help us find new, younger trustees who will be able to take the charity forward in the future.  If you are interested or know someone who is please let me know by emailing friendsofwechiau@yahoo.co.uk 

Ann Bannister (Chairperson Friends of Wechiau)

Senior High School students selected for scholarships at WCHS

A couple of weeks ago five new students were selected to receive scholarships to help them with their studies at senior high school. It is good news that the Ghanaian government is now providing increased assistance to young people to attend senior high school by covering the school fees. This means the scholarships provided by Friends of Wechiau will help students cover the additional costs of uniforms, equipment, and additional fees charged. It also meant that the amount of the scholarship was reduced and the number of students selected was increased to five.

The students were presented with the scholarships in the presence of representatives of the sanctuary management board and their parents and guardians.