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.”

Ann Bannister launches appeal for funds

The drop in the value of the pound as a result of Brexit and 20% inflation in Ghana means the Friends of Wechiau charity needs an extra £500 just to a maintain their committed funding for this year. A further £1,000 is needed to ensure we can continue to fund a student into tertiary education.  A funding appeal has been launched today through My Donate to plug this funding gap.

2015/16 Scholarship students


A meeting was recently held with parents and the four newly selected scholarship students to provide them with their scholarship funds for this academic year.  This brings the total number of scholarships awarded to 43.

“Kaka” (Hippo) festival

The chiefs and the people of the Wechiau traditional area are celebrating the 2nd annual  ‘kaka’ festival from the 13th to 15th May 2016 with a Durbar on Saturday 14th May 2016. The festival honours the hippo which is a sacred animal to the people of the area. All are welcome to attend.

September 2015 update

We are now into our 11th year of providing educational scholarships. The education program has funded 40 scholarships to study at senior high school and 3 into tertiary education. In 2013/14 three out of the four new students selected for scholarships are female, which is a big step forward from previous years where the the scholarship students have predominantly been male. The four new scholarship students selected in 2014/15 year were 3 young men and one young woman.

The progress of the scholarship students has been impressive at both an individual and community level. Of the 27 scholarship students that completed their studies at senior high school , one has completed their training to be a teacher, and 19 are studying in higher education (13 are training to be teachers, 1 studying for a degree in Civil Engineering, 1 studying a degree in Disability and Rehabilitation, 1 studying to be a health assistant, 1 studying nursing, 1 studying secretaryship and management, 1 studying in hospitality and tourism). We are currently funding one student who is in his final year at university studying education.

In addition to the success of the students educational achievement the sanctuary has benefited by the scholarship students undertaking one year of volunteer work usually as a guide at the sanctuary or as a teacher in a local primary school.

This year a new local primary school, Kantu School have also benefited from new educational supplies donated by Friends of Wechiau.