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A Ban Against Neglect ends the cycle of poverty among marginalized young women in Ghana and empowers them to contribute to the restoration of themselves, their communities and their 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

The Streets Are No Place for Young Mothers

ABAN operates a 2-year holistic in-residence program in Ghana, Africa, that transitions young mothers out of poverty and off the streets of the capital, Accra. After a series of interviews, ABAN selects 20 apprentices aged 17-22 who show a strong desire to work hard to change their situation.

The coursework focuses not only on education and vocational skills but also on health and well-being. Our curriculum takes into account each woman’s innate sense of self. We believe that her identity, dignity, and ability are significantly molded by the health of her body, mind and spirit and her experience is guided by these principles.

Our HELPful Program Strategy

Health

Providing access to healthcare and training for a long and healthy lifestyle, a safe shelter to heal from trauma, and 3 nutritious meals each day

Education

Opening doors with functional literacy, math, and business education

Livelihood

Enhancing livelihood with vocational training, tools to budget and opportunity to save, as well as a living stipend with matched savings

Psycho-Social

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

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ABAN Community Employment (ACE)

When We Say Handmade in Ghana, We Mean It

ABAN Community Employment (ACE) is the name for the program, production center, and people who hand sew all ABAN products. Since 2012, we’ve created 10 full-time jobs for local tailors and seamstresses. These jobs offer benefits beyond employment: they offer Ghanaians the chance to be a part of the change in their own community.

By working for ACE, these men and women work to support our young mothers enrolled in the school and empower them they strive to achieve their goals and change their own lives. To be believed in, is to feel lifted up, to feel like your dreams are possible, it is to be confident and empowered. It's an amazing thing to go from living on the street, with no support and no chance, to having a loving, supportive community of mentors.

How We Serve the Community

Environmental Awareness

We partner with local schools and non-profits to recycle over 20,000 plastic sachets monthly, generating environmental awareness

Employment

We employ underserved women and mothers in the community

Excellent Pay

We pay a salary that exceeds the living wage

Unique Benefits

We provide unique benefits including adult literacy training, pre-school availability, and bank account access

Apprenticeship

We offer employment opportunities for ABAN apprentices

Learn more about ACE