Episode 60: Hayford Siaw on Children’s Literacy and Mobile Libraries in Ghana

Hayford is a Ghanaian Social Entrepreneur who founded Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa in 2007. The organization promotes international volunteering by offering opportunities for a Microfinance scheme offering financial and business advisory support to women entrepreneurs and a youth development centre- set up to provide skills training in technology to the youth. It has placed over 1500 International volunteers from over 70 countries on its projects. In 2010 and 2011 respectively, Hayford’s venture won the United Nations Volunteers Award for its work with volunteers on NGO News Africa and Deworm Ghana respectively. Street Library Ghana, Hayford’s newest initiative, is a mobile library bringing books and technology to children in deprived rural communities of Ghana using a Van. The program received seed funding from Reach for Change, a Swedish base NGO in 2012 and currently operates in 32 communities across six regions of Ghana reaching over 12,000 children to have opportunity to gain knowledge and improve literacy. In 2014, it launched in Liberia and Cameroon through funding from the European Union with consortium of partners including Fraunhofer and Microsoft.

 

Hayford Siaw on Twitter: @hayfordsiaw

Hayford Siaw’s website: www.HayfordSiaw.com

 

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