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.

Scholarship student achieves 1st Class Honours Degree

We have some good news about one of our early senior high school scholarship students, Vampere Hasehni (Hassan).  After achieving excellent grades at senior high school, Hassan went on to stuimg_20161201_192719dy for a BSc in Disability and Rehabilitation Studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and achieved a First Class Degree.  Hassan is applying to study for a Masters Degree at various Universities around the world but needs help to find the funds for the very expensive fees.

As a first step Hassan needs the funds to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam which is a requirement for study in the UK and other English language speaking countries and to apply for scholarships.  Ann Bannister has launched an appeal to raise the small amount of GBP200 to enable Hassan to take this important exam.   You can donate directly by pressing the MyDonate button here.

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Hassan has written his own appeal as follows:

“I am Vampere Hasehni, born and raised in a village called Dornye in the Wa west district of the upper west region of Ghana. I am born to Mr. Amadu Vampere and Mrs. Alimata Baryiri; peasant farmers in the Dornye community. At early ages, I was introduced to various farm activities as I had the responsibility of supporting in diverse ways on the farm.

I completed both my primary and junior high schools in this same community whiles assisting on the farm; after school and during vacations. This was because the peasant farming remain the only source of livelihood and income for the family to take care of its expenses including healthcare services, education among others.

My completion of the Junior High School with distinction gained me admission into Islamic Senior High School where I studied Home Economics. Through the kind support of the Friends of Wechiau (FoW) group (a charity based group), I was able to meet the financial demands of the second cycle education in Ghana. It would have been a mere dream after my Junior High School to continue to the next level if this support was not granted.

I was so much motivated by the relentless effort of my father and the Friends of Wechiau (FoW) group to help me complete my education at the Senior High School level. My efforts in academics yielded a more satisfying results as I graduated as the second best student with aggregate twelve (12) at the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Still determined to go far to be a catalyst of change in my community and beyond, I enrolled at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana; where I pursued BSc. Disability and Rehabilitation Studies. Funding my education became tougher as my father gradually becomes older and weak to work on the farm. During holiday periods, I work harder in manual jobs to complement his efforts in raising funds for my fees. It took another intervention by the Friends of Wechiau group to see me through the program.

Though my studies was financially challenging, my determination and hard work still hold. I finally graduated as a First Class student with Bachelor of Science degree in Disability and Rehabilitation Studies. This academic excellence makes my dreams and future looks brighter, but however darkened by financial constraints as I look forward to pursuing my master’s program in the UK.

My father who is in his retiring age is unable to work harder anymore. Besides, family expenses keeps increasing with increasing cost of healthcare services, my siblings’ education among others.

I am by this, making a humble appeal to anyone or organization who wish to offer me support of any kind to please assist me. Thank you and God bless you.”