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 

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. 

Third Kaka (Hippo) Festival

The chiefs and People of the Wechiau Traditional Area are celebrating the Third Anniversary of the “kaka” festival with the theme “Harnessing Traditional and all other Resources for the Effective Development of the Traditional Area” on the 8th and 9th of July 2017. 

“The kaka” which is a sacred animal to the people of the area needs to be celebrated and remembered.

They have launched a financial appeal to make the festival a success.

Donations can be sent to

GN Bank Wechiau Branch A/C No. 4021111000054 


Address GN Bank, C625/3 Fourth Crescent Road, Asylum Down, Accra, PO Box GP17187, Ghana

For further information contact the following in Ghana  +233 208914564,

+233 549508261 and +233 24324315/+233 266323894.

Four young women receive scholarships

We can report that this month four young women have been selected to receive scholarships to attend Senior High School, funded by Friends of Wechiau.  We welcome this big step forward in addressing the gender balance of our scholarship programme. Congratulations to the young women in achieving the standards required to attend Senior High School and their commitment to continue their education.  We look forward to more young women furthering their education and receiving scholarships.


Also this month a school in the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, Dodome R/C Primary School received much needed school supplies of stationery, excercise books, maths sets, a football and clock.

Annual report for 2016 from Wechiau


continuing students 2016

Thank you R.Y.Abudulai Issahaku for providing Friends of Wechiau with another excellent report from the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary detailing the progress of our scholarship students and the disbursement of funds.The pictures of the meeting in September 2016 with students and parents and guardians demonstrate the continued commitment to our scholarship program. We now have awarded 40 senior high school scholarships and 4 tertiary eduction scholarships.

continuing students 2016

dabua_seidu_mohammed_16Our latest student to receive a scholarship to study to become a teacher is Dabuo Seidu Mohammed who is currently at NJA College of Education in Wa.  We are very proud of our senior high school scholarship students who have worked hard and nearly all have gone onto further study.  Four are now teaching at schools in the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary and another seven are teaching in other parts of Ghana.