OUR PROJECTS

Our goal was to help those outcast from society. Due to remote location, economic status or circumstances such as war and violence, our adopted communities were forgotten. With your help we're helping them towards a better future.
Thaakat Foundation has adopted three global project sites focused on education, sustainable development and healthcare. 100% of your donations go towards helping people in these communities to see a better future. We are the sole financial managers and partners at these global sites.

KONADU BASIC SCHOOL

Location:
Tanoboase, Ghana, Techiman District

Site Partner:

Konadu Foundation, Clement Boamah

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Tanobaose, Ghana has seen an influx of people moving into the area. They come to work in the community so that they may support their families. Their children usually do not go to school. Clement “Righteous” Boamah watched this happen, and he had a dream to build a free school that serves children left out of the existing Ghana educational system. Thaakat stepped in on July 1, 2013 and helped him to build a school structure from the ground up.
Today, our site has a school, bus, fresh water, supplies, uniforms, a farm, soccer field and a quality teaching staff. Your donation to the Konadu Fund helps to empower and educate the children left out of the Ghana Educational System. The fund covers the education costs of our 116 students and allows us to plan for expansion and growth.

DONATIONS SUPPORT

Operational expenses to run the school

Daily breakfast and lunch for our students

Emergency health aid for students

Books and supplies

Uniforms

Teacher Salaries

Maintenance and fuel for our school bus

Donate to the Grow’Op fund

While women play an important role in food production worldwide, they have limited access to the resources necessary to effectively operate their farming operations. More than 60% students at Konadu come from single mother families. These women struggle to support their children and home. In 2015, we launched the Mushroom Grow’Op.
Five women manage mushroom production on site from composting all the way through harvest and sale. Once they have the skills they need they can cultivate opportunities in their own homes. The profits of the farm not only pay them and teach them but they help us to pay for several facilities at our school.

Benefits from the Grow’Op project not only put us on the map in the agriculture sector but help us provide below:

Salaries to our 5 women in the training program

Salaries to our compost workers

Salary for our bus driver

Maintenance on our water well

DREAMS for Kachra Kundi

Location:
Jam Chakro Village, Karachi, Pakistan

Site Partner:

Idara Al Khair Welfare Society

PROJECT OVERVIEW

More than 100 tons of garbage is dumped in the village of Kachra Kundi, Karachi, Pakistan daily, which has caused excessive pollution and disease in the area. Not only are the residents of Kachra Kundi deprived of civic facilities like clean water, shelter, and electricity, but there had previously been zero access to education in this village- making these children oblivious to the outside world. In 2012, we partnered with the Idara Al Khair Welfare society to help bring hope to this community. Today, we have a brand new 17 classroom facility with 23 staff members and almost 650 students enrolled.

Donate to THE DREAMS PROGRAM

Sponsor the education of children at our school. You can donate to sponsor a child or donate to the general operations fund. Contributions are Zakaat compliant.

What will the Dreams for Kachra Kundi Funds cover?

  • Salaries for 23 staff members
  • Transportation for teachers
  • Emergency Food Aid
  • On site boundary wall/security for students
  • Books and supplies for children for the year
  • General Healthcare and Emergency Medical Aid for students and villagers
  • Weekly visits with students families to counsel and encourage attendance especially among young girls
    Funds for ongoing expansion of classrooms
  • Maintenance and operations for providing fresh, safe water on site and for villagers

Fatmata Maternity Center

Location:
Blama Perri, Pujehun District, Sierra Leone

Site Partner:

Philip Momoh

PROJECT OVERVIEW

When we heard women in rural Sierra Leone were risking their lives to give birth we knew we wanted to help. Women in rural Blama Perri were either delivering in unsafe conditions in their homes, walking miles to the nearest healthcare facility while in labor or jumping on the back of a bike. These circumstances, coupled with the practices of traditional and spiritual treatment created for one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Our healthcare facility, Fatmata Maternity Center, was launched in Sierra Leone in Pujehun district. This facility was opened in April, 2014 in a rural village in Sierra Leone. The struggle to get this facility up and running has been a battle worth fighting entirely. More than 6,000 patients have been treated to date and 150 healthy babies have been delivered. Apart from services provided to mothers and babies, our center provides medicines, vaccines and treatment to the general population.

Donate to OUR LITTLE PROMISES PROGRAM

Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality rates are the highest in the world and a third of all infants do not live to see the age of five. Our goal is to increase child and maternal survival rates by providing free and quality access to healthcare.
As a part of the total solution– health staff, traditional birth assistants and clinic aides work together to improve access to services for common childhood illnesses, safe motherhood, nutrition and immunizations.

How do we achieve outcomes?

Improve poor pregnancy outcomes

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1. STD prevention
STDs have the highest disease incidence at our center after Malaria. When a woman is pregnant, she is not the only one at risk; many STDs can be especially harmful to the baby- causing birth defects, low birth weight and miscarriages. Our Little Promises program provides STD prevention and awareness, protection and the guidance and courage for a woman to own her health.

2. Teenage Pregnancy Support and Education
The recent Ebola outbreak created for a rise in teenage pregnancies. These women, referred to as ‘pikin born pikin’ (child giving birth to a child) often do not visit healthcare centers out of fear for being judged and also have challenges in delivering babies because their bodies are not always fully developed. When they do deliver, they are neglected by their own parents, schools, and other public institutions. This leaves them with many challenges prior to and post pregnancy where not only their health but the health of the baby suffers. Our Little Promises program provides contraception, education and family planning services for the community.

3.Access to healthcare services and facilities
Due to the rural location of the community and high cost of healthcare many women will not go to a healthcare center during pregnancy. The accessibility we’ve created for 6 communities surrounding us and the free cost of our care makes our services available to many women who would have otherwise had to ride on the back of a motorbike to the district hospital or deliver in a home when the time for the baby would have come.

Provide the immunizations, nutrition and care required to keep our littlest ones healthy
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1. Lactation Education
Of all preventative health and nutrition interventions, infant and young child feeding (IYCF) has the single greatest potential impact on child survival. Today, it is estimated more than 60% of mothers in Sierra Leone are using breast milk substitutes, many of them could be off the black market and not actually safe or healthy. Tradition also dictates another substitute is breast milk mixed with a heavy concentration of water. When this water is contaminated, the solution is ever more dangerous.  As a result of improper nutrition and feeding, many infants suffer from acute respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia. ARI is the highest reason for visits to our healthcare center for infants. Our Little Promises program educates new mothers on the importance of exclusive and safe breastfeeding and nutrition for their babies.

2. Acute Malnutrition Treatment Program
Many parents do not know the basics about malnutrition and its causes, and the sight of malnourished children in the community was a common occurrence. Our Little Promises program funds an Acute Malnutrition treatment program at our Fatmata Maternity Center. On the program, child growth and weight is continuously monitored and the child is put on a planned food schedule. Each child on our program is provided with an allocation of Sierramix which is a locally produced nutritional supplement to help the child get back on track. Many of the mothers are widows or young mothers who would otherwise not have the means to nurse their children back to health. The program also promotes timeliness of treating diarrhea and other stomach illnesses which inhibit growth and digestion.

3. Child Immunizations Program
Vaccines are a safe way to boost protection against preventable diseases. Unfortunately many children in rural communities suffer illness and death because they do not have proper access to free immunizations. Our Little Promises program offers immunizations for illnesses such as yellow fever, tuberculosis and measles, poliomyelitis and tetanus.

Donate to the STOP THE BUG PROGRAM

MALARIA PREVENTION

Program Details

As we review monthly statistics and challenges at our center, we continue to see spiking malaria rates. In our analysis of our 2015 full year at the center, Malaria had the clear cut highest disease incidence among the adult, adolescent and children under five populations. Not only was it the highest incidence, but we were having trouble curbing the problem. In further study, we found that the environment, living conditions and health and hygiene practice of villagers was contributing to the problem. There are more than two million suspected cases in Sierra Leone currently; with fewer than six million inhabitants, this suggests around a third of the population are potentially living with the disease.

Program Objectives

  • To continue reducing the impact of malaria by encouraging early detection and treatment.
  • To interrupt malaria transmission by depleting mosquito breeding grounds and encouraging good sanitation and self-protection by villagers.

Twice a year (Spring and Fall), a team of 40 trained healthcare volunteers will go door to door in each community to perform below actions:

  • Fill mosquito breeding grounds with oil to kill larvae.
  • Educate on the once a month implemented ‘clean day’: All villagers required to put pots out to dry and empty out water from any breeding grounds, non-compliance will come with a penalty fee.
  • Educate villagers of early warning signs and importance of treatment.
  • Encourage visit and awareness of our health center.
  • Encourage use of protection materials such as nets and loose, full clothing.
  • Pull villagers for random testing.
  • Encourage good waste disposal practice.
  • Work towards a solution for sanitation/public bathroom use.