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A Ban Against Neglect breaks the cycle of poverty among young mothers in Ghana and empowers them toward the restoration of self, their communities and the environment

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ABAN’s Successful Graduates

 

Rose & Theo

We had thought we lost Rose when she abruptly left the ABAN program a mere 5 months prior to graduation. But it turned out to be a mere hiccup on her journey. As our teenager-selves can relate, Rose felt a little lost and soon fell into the peer pressure of bad company. After some months back on the street Rose attended her peer’s ABAN graduation and as we celebrated their achievement she humbly asked for a second chance.

Today Rose is the first beneficiary employed by ABAN. An excelling seamstress at ACE, Rose uses her natural creative talent to sew ABAN products that contribute to the ABAN mission and pay her salary. While her path may not have been conventional, it surely has been transformational.

 

ABAN’s Successful Graduates

We had thought we lost Rose when she abruptly left the ABAN program a mere 5 months prior to graduation. But it turned out to be a mere hiccup on her journey. As our teenager-selves can relate, Rose felt a little lost and soon fell into the peer pressure of bad company. After some months back on the street Rose attended her peer’s ABAN graduation and as we celebrated their achievement she humbly asked for a second chance.

Today Rose is the first beneficiary employed by ABAN. An excelling seamstress at ACE, Rose uses her natural creative talent to sew ABAN products that contribute to the ABAN mission and pay her salary. While her path may not have been conventional, it surely has been transformational.

 

ABAN’s Successful Graduates

We had thought we lost Rose when she abruptly left the ABAN program a mere 5 months prior to graduation. But it turned out to be a mere hiccup on her journey. As our teenager-selves can relate, Rose felt a little lost and soon fell into the peer pressure of bad company. After some months back on the street Rose attended her peer’s ABAN graduation and as we celebrated their achievement she humbly asked for a second chance.

Today Rose is the first beneficiary employed by ABAN. An excelling seamstress at ACE, Rose uses her natural creative talent to sew ABAN products that contribute to the ABAN mission and pay her salary. While her path may not have been conventional, it surely has been transformational.

Young Women’s Empowerment Program

Preventing Homelessness, Building Stronger Communities

ABAN operates a two-year social enterprise empowerment program in Ghana, West Africa, that intervenes in vulnerable young mothers' lives before they become homeless. ABAN welcomes 20-30 women to our school each year from small towns surrounding the capital city of Accra.

Through multiple stages of training, we prepare women for a whole and happy life after ABAN. Our coursework provides both vocational education and life skills coaching through hands-on, group-focused methods. Each graduate of our program is prepared to nurture her child, care for her environment, participate in her community and launch her own business. She leaves ABAN with new self-confidence and visions of a better future.

Our Focus

Health

Our students learn environmentally friendly hygiene practices and receive two nutritious meals per day

Education

Our school opens doors of opportunity with literacy, math, and business education for her and a preschool for her child

Livelihood

Our training enhances livelihood with vocational skills, budget and savings coaching, a living stipend and matched savings

Psycho-Social

Our community renews well-being through faith development, counseling, intentional community building and family

Learn more about our program

ABAN Community Employment (ACE)

When We Say Handmade in Ghana, We Mean It

ABAN Community Employment (ACE) is the sewing center which creates all ABAN products. Since its launch in 2012, ACE has excelled as both a production center and a source of empowerment.

Our ACE team is responsible for manufacturing all ABAN products. Once made, these products are sent primarily to the U.S. for sale. Each product sold supports the seamstresses and tailors at ACE, the students in our Young Women’s Empowerment program and the children in our preschool.

The production process at ACE reflects ABAN’s mission: transformation and healing. Just as ABAN’s young mothers are undergoing transformation every day, ACE transforms wasted plastic bags into lining, recycled glass into key chains and beads and white fabric into colorful Batik.

How We Serve the Community

Environmental Awareness

We partner with local schools and non-profits to recycle more than 20,000 discarded water sachets each month

Employment

We provide local seamstresses and tailors with stable careers

Excellent Pay

We offer a salary that exceeds the living wage

Unique Benefits

We provide employees with adult literacy training, preschool childcare and bank account access

Apprenticeship

We offer training and employment opportunities for ABAN apprentices

Learn more about ACE