Three generations of welders | Improving skills in Ghana

At Takoradi Technical Institute right now, a dozen welding teachers have taken over one of the workshops normally used by their students. They’ve spent the past three weeks sweltering in protective gear as they brush up their technical skills in a refresher course organised by WRCF, and sponsored by the World Bank/Ministry of Energy’s Oil and Gas Capacity Building Project. Among the teacher-turned students are three generations of welding instructors from Kumasi, Takoradi, and Kikam, all brought together now to try and update their skills for the next generation. MARCUS Marcus Abaidoo is the first one to arrive at the...


When you teach a woman to fish | Aquaculture in Ghana’s Western Region

In a country where fish serves as the primary source of protein for most families, the Western Region is responsible for a disproportionate amount, providing more than 30% of the national catch. However, as overfishing and exclusion zones around oil installations take their toll, the people here must increasingly find a land based alternative to artisanal fishing. In August 2016, the Western Region Coastal Foundation launched an aquaculture pilot, partnering with four fish farming associations in Ellembelle and Jomoro districts to upgrade their existing operations. WRCF also worked with a wide range of suppliers and technical experts to bolster the...


Spurred by dialogue | A community tackles their water shortages

The first thing that you notice as you drive up to Kojokrom, in Ghana’s Western Region, is the shiny new train station nestled in the slight valley. The newly rebuilt tracks neatly bisect paths leading to churches and schools in the busy community, and soon trains will once again be running to Sekondi-Takoradi, the regional capital. In the long run, the government plans to rehabilitate the railway as far as Tarkwa, and maybe even Kumasi, which will greatly help the local community buy and ship commercial goods. For now however, the train tracks are primarily seen as a source of...


Doing it for themselves: a new community health centre for Beahu, in Ghana’s Western Region

Along the main road that runs west from Takoradi, a newly inaugurated community health centre lies nestled just to the North of one of the roadside communities. Beahu is one of the 181 communities that the Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF) has reached through its community dialogue platform. At the beginning of each year, volunteers and partner organisations engage with communities throughout the six coastal districts of the Western Region, and speak with residents to record the issues currently topmost in their minds. Sometimes the issues communities raise have to do with the effects of Ghana’s oil and gas industry...