By Reginald Ofori-Kyere

Action Through Enterprise (ATE) is a registered charity working in partnership with the community Of Lawra in the Upper West region to identify issues related to poverty and develop solutions to address them.

Statistics from the UN Human Development Report 2010, describes Lawra as a community with chronic food shortages and 100% poverty incidence. This prompted Sarah Gardner to set up ATE with the aim of poverty reduction and to enable people in Lawra District to support themselves and thrive, through education, enterprise and social change. In the UK, ATE is located in Ramsbury, a small community in Wiltshire who have provided astonishing support to their link community in Ghana, including fundraising nearly £600,000 in 4 years.

GUBA interviews Action Through Enterprise to find out more about their work.

Congratulations on your nomination for the Charity of the Year Award! How do you feel about it?

We are excited to have been nominated and feel incredibly honoured to have been shortlisted as a charity that is making ‘hugely significant’ contributions to Ghanaian society.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do

Action Through Enterprise is a small UK-registered charity making significant impact to reduce poverty in Lawra District, located in the in the Upper West Region of Ghana.

Since 2012, we have been working in partnership with the community in Lawra to deliver programmes which improve access to education, improve inclusion for marginalised disabled children and their families, and increase opportunities for sustainable income-generation.

We are currently reducing hunger and increasing attendance in school by providing free school meals to 930 children, monthly workshops and practical support which reaches 150 disabled children and their parents. We have also supported 64 small business owners and are proud to have launched a dry season farming programme aimed at increasing year-round crops, profit and household nutrition. We also run an apprenticeship scheme for young women to gain life-long vocational skills.

Why would you say you deserve to win?

We deserve to win because a win for us would be a win for Lawra District and all the people we are supporting with our programmes.

What motivates you and your work?

ATE is motivated by the community in Lawra and by the injustice of poverty and inequality. We are motivated by the children who struggle to gain an education when too many manage with as little as four meals per week, by the families who embrace their disabled children and fight for them to thrive in the face of huge challenges and discrimination, and by the skilled people who are working hard to survive and provide for themselves and their families now and into the future.

What are your thoughts on the GUBA Awards?

GUBA Awards is a pioneering platform to celebrate British-Ghanaian talent, achievements and excellence!

Is your organisation involved in any other projects?

We are currently looking to run a second round of apprenticeships and to grow our dry season farming project. We are also exploring a collaborative project with Diversity Matters Beyond Borders and students at Ghana Institute of Journalism to change negative perceptions of disability and foster greater awareness of disability rights and inclusion.

Action Through Enterprise has been nominated for the Charity of the Year Award. To cast your vote, visit

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