U.S. College Students Raise Money to Build a School in Ghana

Before and after photos of the village school.

Seven students who participated in Semester at Sea program of the University of Virginia in the fall of 2010, came home to the United States determined to help a village they had visited while in Ghana. The students found a dilapidated school building in the village of Senase that was exposed to the elements and where farm animals roamed inside the building. The students at the school were not motivated and had no hope for the future. Traveling to a nearby village, the American college students found youngsters in a new government constructed school building were bright, energetic, and had a thirst for learning.

Returning to the U.S., the college students founded The Senase Project. The initial goal was to raise funds to refurbish the village’s school. They held fundraisers on college campuses and constructed a website where people could learn about their effort and make donations. The efforts have led to the construction of a new school building and the project hopes to raise enough funds to build a medical clinic in the village.

Here is a video about the Senase Project.


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