Centre for Humanity and Integrated Development CHID in Ghana believes in the spirit of volunteerism; and this organization is built on virtues including capacity building through volunteerism.
Volunteering is generally considered as a selfless activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve the quality of life of those that needs it. In return, this activity can mutually produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun.
Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served Knowing that you are helping to create a peaceful world and a safer planet is only a fraction of the pride that a volunteer should feel every time they lend a helping hand. It is helping, assisting, or serving another person or persons without pay. A volunteer is a person who remembers to do the thing to make other people happy, who takes the loneliness out of the alone by talking to them, who is concerned when others are unconcerned, who has the courage to
motivate the unmotivated for the good of all.
Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster whiles others too volunteer in kinds; in terms of monetary or gifts.
Your Touch can be enough
True story: At a rural community, a young woman was serving meals to the less privileged. It was her very first time and she was nervous and not sure of how to behave around the poor, the physically challenged, and the homeless people she had never seen before. Coming from a middle class neighborhood, she felt she had nothing in common with them, that she had nothing to offer.
As one man was moving past her, she noticed that, the man had missed his bread portion. She reached out and touched his arm. The man was old, unhappy and had his head hung low. When he turned, the young woman saw that he was crying. Concerned, she asked if she had hurt him.
The man, with tears in his eyes replied, “No, you are the first person who has touched me in more than two years.”
What if it were you?
Africa, a continent dominated by blacks, rich in culture and different believes. Most countries in Africa are developing with few moderately developed, even though Africa inherited varieties of natural resources, civilization came late, and many countries could not make use of their resource due to weak systems, inappropriate polities and corruptions.
Ghana is a developing country of about thirty million people of different culture and communities; there are urban communities which are fairly developed with people receiving fairly good facilities, education and health care. However there are many very deprived communities that have few or no facilities or service at all and with no possible forecast of them receiving (good education, healthcare or facilities such as good drinking water, toilet, skill
training etc) any time some.
People under these circumstances are suffering in this unfavorable living condition by virtue of their destiny not choice. Most of them wish they were born in Europe or any average or urban communities.
Areas of your support
If people in need refuse to call for assistant of volunteers, they just deny volunteers the chance to be helpful.
CHID believes in volunteerism, no matter who you are, whatever you do, where ever you are, you can volunteer your service, time, experience, skills, money etc. you can volunteer in these areas;
The road from Hohoe eastwards reaches a junction after about 22 km at Likpe Bakwa. From there, a rough road leads southwards for another 3 km to Wli township. Another option is to take the scenic mostly rough road eastwards from the main Accra-Hohoe road at Golokwati through Liate Wote, Gbledi, Chebe and
Fodome Ahor. Wli Falls is located in the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary which is in close walking distance from the town. The entire trip to the waterfall takes about 45 minutes.
Visitors started to come to Wli Falls on a regular basis as early as 1973. In 1997, the Hohoe District Assembly started to develop a District-wide community-based ecotourism initiative, using Wli as their pilot site. A year later, the villagers of the four adjacent communities founded the Tourism Management Authority (TMA). Its mission is “to mobilize its people and resources in order to derive the maximum benefits from the natural attractions for the well-being of its citizens”. This shall be achieved by helping to “build an economically strong Wli Traditional State on the principles of unity, peace and respect for one another and for the laws and regulations”. That way, “communities could be economically empowered to access quality health care, education, water, shelter and other basic amenities”. This site is one major suggested tourist site of Centre for Humanity and Integrated Development.
Description of the area
The Wli Traditional Area consists of three main communities (Afegame, Agorviefe, Todzi) and one settler community (Dzogbega). Its population is estimated at 3,000.
Wli is by far the most popular tourist attraction in eastern Ghana. Wli Fall is supposed to be the highest waterfall in West Africa, though specifications of its real height vary considerably with estimates ranging from 20m to as much as 400m. The Fall actually consists of two separate waterfalls, one easily accessible Lower Fall and a more difficult to reach Upper Fall (Shown in Photo). An apparently reasonable guess is that the lower fall is about 50m high (Bradt Travel Guide). Wli Falls is located in the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary which covers an area of 35 km2. To reach the
waterfall, visitors walk on a footpath through a thick, semi-deciduous forest, fording two rivers a total of nine times. 220 bird species and 400 butterfly species as well some monkeys and antelopes reportedly inhabit the Sanctuary. Some trees around the footpath have been marked with intention of creating a nature education trail. At the waterfall, thousands of straw-coloured fruit bats nest on the adjacent cliffs. At the foot of the waterfall, there is large pool that invites visitors to swim in.
Regular tourist activities
The main tourist activity is of course a visit to Wli Falls and a walk through the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary. There are, however, other community activities that visitors can participate in. Most importantly, the villages offer a total of 18 home stays with 43 beds, so that the guests may have a real village life experience. Recently, university researchers and NGOs have also introduced several alternative farming activities, such as snail farming, mushroom farming, ostrich farming and grass cutter farming, a local rat-type animal that is used as a delicacy in restaurants. Interested visitors have the chance to visit these projects.
Africa, even though not beautiful as Europe in terms of infrastructure and other embellishments but is rich in culture and heritages and Ghana is not an exception. There are different kinds of activities that will be of interest to our visiting volunteers, and experience of a lifetime.
Culture as said, is the way a group of people live, the way they eat, dress, play, dance etc but there areas CHID focus on are dressing, play and dance. We will entertain our visitors with indigenous and contemporary Ghanaian music and dance such as; Atsiagbekor, Zibo, borborbor and kpalongo. These are special dances with their interesting music, some being perform as a drama.
CHID is therefore assuring you a special reception even as you come to volunteer your special service to the needy.
Center for humanity and Integrated Development (CHID) is glad you are interested, we are also happy to receive you as our guest.
Please contact the Director.
Mr. Derick Kwame Botseoy; on 0249412716/ 0505408922. For any enquiry.
You will have to fill an application form after we sent you a quotation of our basic expenses so that we can then send an invitation letter, Thanks.