Our Philosophy

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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Our Philosophy

Understanding the Cycle of Poverty

Poverty reinforces itself. Education is key to breaking the cycle but in Ghana, education is paid privately by the student’s family, not the state. So when parents cannot pay, which is common, a promising young girl’s basic education stops at the elementary level. This girl then stays home for years with the hope of someday receiving enough support either to go back to school or learn a trade. It is unlikely that she’ll receive that support.

And a girl with little education and no financial assistance can find herself in compromising situations that include abusive relationships or even prostitution. Most likely, the girl becomes pregnant and the man involved does not want anything to do with her or raising the child. That child is born into the same situation as her mother and the cycle continues. Her decisions at that point are tough:

to live in the village near her family but with no opportunities or future, or to migrate to the city and to live under very harsh conditions of prostituting or selling food items in the middle of the road, and exposing herself and her child to all forms of danger and abuse. This she does in the hopes of building a better life for herself and family.

Either way, whether in the village or in the city, life does not get any better. What little money she makes goes to health bills, daily meals, and support for her family. She lives hand to mouth and there is never enough savings to support her child through school. Without any interventions, the child grows up and goes through the same circle as her mother and grandmother.

ABAN interrupts this circle with tested and proven intervention programs that break the poverty cycle for young women and their children.

Our Focus


Our beneficiaries receive the needed support to thrive in their school environment through ABAN paying their school fees, providing their educational materials, and supplying them with healthy meals for school.


We register our beneficiaries into Ghana’s national health insurance and provide other assisted health care needs in the form of funds and counseling.


We know that skills training enhances livelihood. We provide vocational skills training and life skills training to our beneficiaries through Ghana’s 3 year apprenticeship model.


Our community renews wellbeing through faith development, counseling, international community and renewed connections with family.


ABAN continues to be committed to helping rid the streets of discarded sachet water bags through our ABAN Community Employment (ACE) upcycle and outreach programs.

The Vision of ABAN Ghana

ABAN breaks the cycle of poverty among the unreached and underserved population of women and children in Ghana and empowers them to restore themselves, their communities and their environment.


Through our women empowerment programs, we promise to provide opportunities to socially and financially empower the unreached and the underserved young women starting in Awherease, Ghana

Through our child school sponsorship programs, we promise to provide opportunities for children to begin and remain in school through financial assistance in Awherease, Ghana.

Through our ABAN Community Employment, we promise to create jobs for community members and create a sanitary environment by remove plastic waste from the streets, starting in Awherease, Ghana.