Where we work
BASICS is committed to working in underprivileged communities where individuals are deprived of basic human rights.
Here at BASICS, we are working with the Ghanaian Government and other Global organizations to help fight extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank as living off of less than US 1.25 per day.
We strive and assist the United Nations by tackling all of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) to see extreme poverty halved by 2015.
Since inception (2000), BASICS has supported many communities in different regions of Ghana to achieve our mission of alleviating poverty in Ghana. From 2005 to present our main facility 'Nana's House II' has been located in Chorkor, an overpopulated fishing community located on the outskirts of the nations capital city, Accra.
Located on the outskirts of Accra, Chorkor is one of the poorest low-income, indigenous housing communities in the area. According to a CHF report, the situation in Chorkor is considered a “poverty endemic. “ As a dangerously overpopulated area, Chorkor lacks basic infrastructure such as toilets, bath houses, drains, and roads. Houses are generally made of brick, mud and plywood. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, fishing, fish mongering, and fish smoking are the primary occupations of this community. The area is stricken with communicable diseases and other illnesses related to unhygienic practices. The lack of proper sewage systems and drains causes waste water to run from home to home as children defecate along drains in the community. Additionally, most trash ends up on the beach and ocean, which is then later pulled back ashore by fishing nets.
The unfortunate reality faced by the locals of Chorkor, is that many of the children are the main breadwinners of their household, being the ones that sell the products of a hard day's labor for their parents, who are fishermen and fish mongers (A fish smoker). The financial burden of school is not necessarily the fees, but rather the loss of a small income the family depends on. BASICS addresses these issues by sponsoring the cost of an education, uniforms, stationary and learning materials, which in turn, reduces the burden of the child's family.
Fifty-one percent of the population in Accra is female. As of 2009, the life expectancy at birth was about 60 years for females, with an infant mortality rate of 51 per 1000 live births. The birth rate is approximately four children per woman. While a majority of children live with their families in the community, it is common and expected for girls as young as 12 years old to be self-supporting and independent from their parents. Most obtain independence by becoming mothers themselves while others enter the commercial sex trade. Teenage pregnancy is very common in Chorkor, resulting in large number of school-aged children roaming the community. In the community of Chorkor, education is considered to be a low priority.
Despite the difficulties the people of CHORKOR face, BASICS challenges you to find a community with more buzz and excitement. Throughout the year, many traditional festivals are celebrated with the sound of drums, the smell of food, the color of African prints and exuberant smiles, injecting even more culture and history into this memorable setting. Experiencing Chorkor is experiencing a true taste of Africa.