Change the life of one child and you change the world.


Student Sponsorship Program

Why Sponsor a Student?

When you sponsor a student's education you change that child's life forever. When you ensure a child's tuition you're opening the door to a world of possibilities and transforming the lives of that student's family and community, so your donation goes a long way past pencils, books and a backpack. 

Your sponsorship means the child can focus on learning, knowing their education is safeguarded by your generosity.

Your sponsorship means that the family does not have to choose between medication and food, or which child to send to school.

It means the child will develop good study and work habits that will last them a lifetime.

It means that the family can think past their empty stomachs to working to improve their future. 

It means that a girl does not have to fear being sold in to a marriage to an older man where her only future is that of cooking and cleaning and looking after other women's children.

Child marriages in Ghana are not a function of culture but of poverty and lack of education. Many of the parents who give their girls in marriage are often in dire financial straits. 

Sponsoring a girl's education helps lift the family out of these heartrending situations, empowers the girl by teaching her her rights, and provides her with marketable life skills.

Sponsored children do better in school because they are free to turn their energies towards learning. They are also extremely grateful to their sponsors and feel a deep responsibility not to let them down, so they work very hard at their schooling.

Sponsoring one child today means helping a whole community to a brighter, self-reliant future. 

Your Annual Sponsorship Provides:
  • All Exercise Books
  • All Textbooks
  • Pocket Dictionary
  • Mathematics Set
  • Science Set
  • Crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpener, ruler
  • Art supplies
  • School Bag
  • All Exam and School Fees

All school supplies are brand new and purchased just for that child. For most of the students this is the first time they have every had anything new that was just for them. Imagine the smiles. 

2023 - 2024 Student Sponsorship fees:

  • Kindergarten - $130 USD,  $175 CDN, 130 Euros
  • Grades 1 - 3 - $180 USD,  $235 CDN, 150 Euros
  • Grades 4 - 6 - $190 USD, $250 CDN, 190 Euros
  • Jr. High School - $220 USD,  $280 CDN, 220 Euros
  • Sr. High School - $320 USD,  $400 CDN, 300 Euros

We ask all sponsors to do their utmost to sponsor their student's education to the end of Senior High School. It is a big commitment, but so very worthwhile.


Many of our students travel more than 2 hours to school each way. Imagine how exhausted they are by the time they get to school - and then there's the trip home at the end of the day when they are supposed to do their homework. That daily trek can play a big role in our students' ability to learn. That's why FOA created the Pedal to Excellence Program. It gives the students' sponsors the opportunity to purchase a refurbished mountain bike for their scholar.

The bike recipients get a workshop in bike maintenance and safety to make sure they know who to care for their bikes. Also included in the donation of the bikes is a monthly maintenance check. 


If you would like to give the life changing gift of a refurbished mountain bike please get in touch with us via our contact page.

Bikes cost:

  • 1000 GHS
  • 115 USD
  • 115 EUROS
  • 150 CDN

Getting to know you.....

The Inform to Inspire Program

Our children come from a small, circumscribed world that is steeped in poverty and challenge and offers them little in the way of opportunities. To help them see past these limitations and help them stretch their idea of who they may become FOA has created the Inform to Inspire Program.

Sponsors receive a letter or drawing from their child several times a year. We urge the sponsors to write back and share stories about their lives, their families, their work and their world. 

Sponsors' letters open windows into possible futures for the children; they broaden their horizons, teach them about the world, create doorways to possibilities and give birth to ideas and dreams.

These children are hungry for the world; by sharing their worlds our education sponsors help them discover it.


FOA joined forces partners LINKS ACROSS BORDERS, the AFRICAN LIBRARY PROJECT and THE 5 NORTH PROJECT to create Dawanu's Library and Research Centre. With help from the District Chief Executive we refurbished a little used school storeroom, putting on a new roof, securing windows, and bringing in electricity. The students raised money for bookshelves by selling the vegetables they grew in their school garden. The books were provided by the AFRICAN LIBRARY PROJECT while volunteers from THE 5 NORTH PROJECT donated 21 computers and came all the way to Dawanu to install them. Now that's team work! 

Dawanu   Reading Club

To succeed Adaklu's children need to be skilled readers and writers. These are critical life skills, but Ghanaian children come from an oral culture so reading is not something that comes to them naturally, nor is it currently imbedded in their home environments.

To help students become avid readers, FOA Representative, Stella Kudah, started the Reading Club.

Knowing the power of good reading skills Stella wanted to make sure her pupils were prepared for the opportunities their education would bring them.  The school's Reading Club meets every Tuesday under the mango tree. While attendance is purely voluntary, the meetings are packed with eager, excited readers. Thanks to Stella, Dawanu's children are learning the power of reading and storytelling; their smiles are proof of how much fun learning can be.


Making sure our students succeed is a top priority. The FOA After School Program helps sponsored students succeed by  filling learning gaps. 

Many of FOA's sponsored students have learning gaps because they were unable to attend school regularly. So, Every Sunday, without fail, Stella rents a motorcycle with a driver and they gather up the children for the Afterschool Program.

It is a joyful event from the moment she picks them up to the moment she drops them off at home. Everyone is excited to have spent the day reading, playing educational games and learning to interact as a team

FOA’s Afterschool Program is based on one of our principles – leave no one behind. It's a fun way to help children with learning gaps catch up on their schooling so they wouldn’t be left behind and it’s working wonderfully. Just look at all those smiles.


To broaden horizons on both sides of the ocean FOA students share letters with students at The Academy School in Berkeley, California.

Each student is paired with a Pen Pal in the USA and is encouraged to share news of their lives and their worlds, broadening their understanding of the world and building the bridges of friendship and understanding that we hope will last a life time.

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