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World Class-Ghana Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: To provide access to credit, clean water, and sanitation to the women and children of greater Amasaman, Ghana.

Results: over 550 loans to over 300 women 3 wells drilled (2 with electric pumps and water storage) 12 unit composting latrine facility with rainwater catchment system for hand washing

Geographic areas served: greater Amasaman

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Betsy

Donor

Rating: 5

I was privileged to see first hand the work for clean water and sanitation that World Class-Ghana is doing in villages near Accra. There is no question that important needs of local people are being met. Just as importantly, local people lead the way to the production of a new well or latrine. World Class is very respectful of the opinions and needs of the people they serve. Anyone who supports World Class-Ghana can be sure their efforts are making a positive difference in the lives of very poor people.

Donor

Rating: 5

World Class is an incredible organization. I really felt like I was very involved from the moment I made my donation. This organization puts their heart and soul into this cause- and it is contagious! Water for bathing and consumption is a right that we take for granted... this charity works to enforce this basic human right!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was recently made awar of this organization through a good friend who has joined the board. I firmly believe we desperately need more organizaztions like this, run by women for women and their families. Studies show that when we empower women to change their lives and the lives of their families, we have a huge impact on the whole world. Kudos to World Class-Ghana Inc!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was a founding member of World Class with my 1971 graduating class at Skidmore College. I have found the work accomplished to be significant to the recipients and rewarding to the donors. The strengthening of society through providing for basic needs, like clean water, sanitation and the ability to support one's family are key to all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have really been impressed with their work and the dedication of the staff

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Donor

Rating: 4

During the summer of 1969, I traveled extensively in Africa with a group of students who had taken a course in African Studies and were witnessing first-hand some of what they had studied. The trip was illuminating in many ways, among them giving us a clear sense of the hardships in the lives of so many Africans, hardships that include, conspicuously, water availability and quality. When I learrned of World Class, I thought their mission admirable, but I was not certain that they would be able to sustain the commitment and drive necessary to have a chance to meet that mission. I needn't have worried: The founders have shown admirable resolve, and the organization has already made significant changes in the lives of many in Ghana, through wells built and planned, through low-cost loans to women, through training of local staff. I supported this organization initially to help it get off the ground; I support it now because I know that it is doing good work, and that it will continue to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has been a work in progress for many years, and has just gotten better and better at what it does. They help women start businesses and more, all most effectively.

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Donor

Rating: 4

With very little money, this group of women friends are helping the poor in Ghana. With emphasis on clean water, job skills, and sanitation.
Their administration is all volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I know a person who has just gotten involved with this organization and has nothing but positive things to say about it. The wonderful idea that every woman and child should have access to clean/fresh water is a worthy one

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Donor

Rating: 5

World Class Ghana is exceptional in the work it does, accomplishing so much with small resources. The organization also informs its donors often and effectively as to what is being done. They have grown from small beginnings and I am glad to have given to them. They also are very appreciative of what is given and do not resort to high pressure methods.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel the goals of this organization are very worthy, providing assistance to Ghanian people in obtaining access to a critical resource, clean water. I have heard very good things about how World Class is managed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many of my family and friends are involved in this wonderful organization and I am proud to be a part of the mission as well. Providing basic necessities like water and sanitation to women is a crucial service and I am impressed by World Class' great accomplishments to date.

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Carolyn C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Recently a good friend joined the Board of World Cass-Ghana. Based on her encouragement I have learned more about this organization. Three things stand out for me
1. The work of World Class-Ghana is most needed- working to improve water and sanitation in Ghana.
2. The US based staff are all volunteers
3. The organization has involved Ghana woman
World Class-Ghana deserves my suport becuase it has shown success in improvin the towns it has worked with in Ghana

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of World Class several years ago and upon learning more about the organization from the founders my wife and I decided to make a donation to support their efforts. Since that first connection we have seen the progress and have been most impressed. Tangible results are reported through periodic newsletters and emails. Pictures have shown the water projects as well as the basic sanitation projects. I have had phone conversations with the founders and understand their passion. Having just returned from Tanzania, I can better appreciate the work that World Class is doing. Our donations have increased each year and we are proud to be affiliated with World Class.

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Donor

Rating: 5

World Class-Ghana Inc. concentrates on providing clean water and sanitation for villages within Ghana that so deperately need these basic necessities. The funding has come predominently from donations of individuals. A few dedicated members of our college graduating class saw a need and have worked long and hard to help the people in Ghana to have a fighting chance at basic life services. The organization is small and all donations go directly to the cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have gotten to know one of the founders of this organization and am impressed with her dedication to the effort to provide safe drinking water to very needy populations. These populations can't move forward until this basic need is met and this organization is making great strides in fulfilling this need in communities.

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lonna

Volunteer

Rating: 5

since i have traveled to ghana i know how important this organization is to these people. world class is doing the kind of work that is necessary rather than just giving aid to people, it helps people stand up on their own - with just a little bit of help from outside. i cannot think of a more worthy endeavor than helping women help themselves because women are the backbone of the family and the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the class of 1971 at Skidmore College and helped to bring speakers to our 35th reunion on micro lending in Ghana. We learned the needs of the women there and worked on a plan to help. I am proud to be a donor to World Class-Ghana. The work the group has done in a short period of time has enhanced the lives of many. It started with micro lending to women and grew to digging wells and creating latrines in poor villages. This helps the whole village rather than just a few.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

World Class-Ghana is helping people to get opportunities to move beyond poverty and disease...so that they can fulfill thier potential and care for their families. It seems that women, as the family-oriented adults in many families, can often make much with very little and use their new resources to benefit their communities. Although this is not the whole answer to the world's problems, small steps like these contribute to a better world for us all. I am involved in microfinance and have a number of friends who are working with World Class.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many of my family and friends are involved in this wonderful organization and I am proud to be a part of the mission as well. Providing basic necessities like water and sanitation to women is a crucial service and I am impressed by World Class' great accomplishments to date.

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