ABOUT BASICS

Australian Sponsorship for African Kids (known as AS4AK) is a South Australian based charitable organisation committed to helping poor and disadvantaged children in Ghana. Since its formation our charity has assisted in the building of a large multi-functional educational facility known as Nana’s House, and the associated provision of a before and after school academic and vocational program, in the poor fishing village of Chorkor, Accra in Ghana.  Our objective is to help provide an after school academic and vocational program centre where children can incorporate academics, visual arts, music and dance, sports, sewing and computer work as part of their education.  Please feel free to download the PDF document "About AS4AK".

ABOUT B.A.S.I.C.S.

It takes one to help

BASICS is a safe haven Day Centre based at Chorkor, a poor, deprived suburb in Accra, for children in the surrounding fishing communities where schooling and teenage pregnancies are a problem and increase daily due to poverty and ignorance. The children attending the Centre range in age from 6 to 24 years.

They are a mixture of street kids, and deprived and abused children living in appalling conditions on the streets and beaches of Chorkor.  Many are also victims of child labor. 

 

Most want to go to school but do not have the means or any practical and emotional support to do so.

 

At least 100 children visit the safe haven each day for assistance with their homework and for private tutoring.  They also participate in extracurricular activities including computer training, sewing, music and dance, cooking, art, poetry, sports, drama and film making among other activities. 

The team at Nana’s House provides support and encouragement to the children to keep attending school on a regular basis to break the cycle of illiteracy, child labour, teenage pregnancy and poverty in their lives. 

The house itself (that our past fundraising has helped to build) is a three storey facility comprising a computer lab, a sewing room, a home economics and catering kitchen, a library and more recently a music studio.

BASICS founder Pat Wilkins with three kids

Second Lady of Ghana at BASICS Dinner