Our Programs

Gender Economic Empowerment

We provide 0% interest loans to aged rural women in agriculture and vocational training scholarship for girls.

Rural Youth Capacity Development

Modules include agripreneurship training at Senior High School level and vocational skills training for school drop-outs.

Policy Research & Advocacy

We engage in research, publications and media engagements to address key social issues such as education and enterprise development.

Recent Activities

Blog Updates

YouthsMAP donates to Rural Heights Foundation

Youths Mentoring Abilities Professionally (YouthsMAP), a US-based international NGO has donated office equipments to Rural Heights Foundation to support the latter’s rural education program in Ghana. This timely intervention will allow Rural Heights Foundation to efficiently manage the administrative cost of running entrepreneurial training programs for Senior High students in districts marked as having high

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Join a community of change agents on this fun-filled learning experience

As a Foundation our project activities offer unique opportunities for developing leadership and communication skills. Its is our pleasure to invite you on yet another field activity in Gomoa Abaasa in the Central Region.   Project Background & Description This is a Monitoring and Evaluation visit regarding our Aged Women in Agriculture (AWA) project. Under

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Obaapa Rising: Girls in Gomoa supported through vocational and technical training

In our commitment to support government’s effort towards ending inequality by 2030 under Sustainable Development Goals framework, Rural Heights Foundation has raised funds to provide scholarship for some girls in the Gomoa West district of Ghana. The scholarship is meant to cover tuition for ICT and other technical/vocational training. Although school enrolment for girls in

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Social protection amidst fiscal uncertainties: Will the anchor hold?

The clarion call for productive inclusion programs in the social sector, at its core represents a broad-based affirmation of market-driven solutions to Africa’s topmost policy questions; poverty, inequality and exclusion. There are various reasons that makes such a call justified; uncertain fiscal performance, changing international aid landscape and the unintended consequences of creating an entitlement culture,

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Is crowdfunding an effective fundraising tool for Ghanaian nonprofits?

Ghanaian NGOs are in a unique position to complement government efforts in achieving social protection goals through capacity-building and other productive inclusion programs. Unfortunately a lot of local nonprofits lack the funding capacity to implement large scale programs at the macro level. The good news is that crowdfunding has come to fill that gap. Unfortunately

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Obaapa Rising: It’s time to stand up for our girls in the rural areas

What is Obaapa Rising? Obaapa Rising project is a rural-based intervention designed to provide financial aid to girls who have completed Junior or Senior High School but unable to progress due to constraints. The goal is to enable them pursue skills-based training aimed at improving their odds in terms of employment.   Why is it

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The 80/20 seminar series is here again: Invite us to speak at your company

According to The Regus Group (cited by Global Organization for Stress), stress levels in the workplace are rising with 6  in 10 workers in major global economies experiencing increased workplace stress.  The sheer volume of scholarly literature that is focused on unveiling the link between stress and public health outcomes attest to the seriousness of

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We are hiring. Apply now!

Dear Applicant, Please take note: Applications must be sent before Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 11.59pm. All applications received thereafter will be rejected. Interested persons should email their CVs to careers@ruralheights.org with subject title MBE 05/17 – No cover letters are required. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 7

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The 8-pillar test: Are you a social entrepreneur or just a romantic dreamer?

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I am persuaded that training young people on how to use nonprofit vehicles to address social problems is one of the most effective methods of teaching entrepreneurship in developing countries where economic growth is slow, youth unemployment is high and social problems are innumerable. The nonprofit environment tests all aspect of one’s leadership capacity; how

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Productive inclusion at Darumpong: Beneficiaries receive 0% interest loan

The global policy conversation on how to address extreme poverty is shifting gradually from social protection to productive inclusion models. Rural Heights Foundation’s Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) program, which is currently being implemented in Gomoa West ( a district with 22.6% poverty headcount) is an example of this paradigm shift. The program is designed

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A Story of Hope in Rural Ghana

44.1% of the 14,038,224 hectares of Agric. Land Area (ALA) in Ghana remains uncultivated, yet Ghana’s graduate unemployment in 2015 alone was 271,000 (according to ISSER); that’s about 21% of the rural population in Brong Ahafo region (using 2010 population and housing census) – the region with the second largest agriculture land area. Where did

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WiRE Up and Let’s Change The World

What is WiRE? It’s a skills training and micro-funding support program designed for aged women in rural agriculture. The purpose is to enable workshop participants diversify their revenue streams as a risk management strategy to reduce dependence on farm output which is vulnerable to yield variations and market uncertainties.   What does the workshop entail?

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STEM Goes to Gomoa

The increasing global emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a recognition of the challenges that globalization faces as questions related to climate change, food security and wealth inequality comes to the fore of global policy agenda. According to the World Economic Forum, current and future global challenges require social and emotional competencies such

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Call for Volunteers: Become a Business or Career Coach at iLead Rural

  What is iLead Rural Project (LRP) iLead Rural Project is a platform for skills and knowledge transfer on business start-ups at the Senior High School level. LRP has a particular bias towards agriculture and agritech due to Ghana’s immense agrarian potential. On June 25 and February 13, 2016, Rural Heights Foundation organized a similar

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Volunteer, Learn farming, visit tour sites

Between 4th and 18th February 2017, anyone that chooses to volunteer with Rural heights Foundation on our iServe Rural project will never be the same again. Total transformation is guaranteed. What is iServe Rural? For a minimum of fourteen calendar days, a group of self-less volunteers that will be competitively selected, will take residence in

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Women in Rural Enterprise: Interview with Bernard Avle

Learn about the work Rural Heights Foundation is doing in Gomoa West to help aged women diversify the revenue streams as a way to manage seasonality in agriculture. Support our work today. info@ruralheights.org

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Youth Policy in Ghana: Bernard Avle Interviews Rural Heights Foundation

Based on the paper ‘ Tackling Unemployment: Can YEA or YES Restore Hope to the Jobless, Bernard discusses Rural Heights Foundations’ intervention in rural Ghana within the broader context of youth development policy in Ghana. Listen:

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Acreages of Hope: Agriculture, Unemployment & Public Policy

In the last five years (2011-2015) Ghana has spent a whopping GH¢34.1b (USD 8.7b) importing processed foods, vegetable products and live animals (and related products), as data from Ghana Statistical Service (DIMTS Report, 2015) Shows. Our food import have increased progressively over the period (see Fig. 1) to compensate for supply deficits on the local

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Policy Dialogue at Africa Liberty Forum

Who is slowing down continental integration; the governments of the citizens of Africa? This was one of the policy issues discussed at the just ended Africa Liberty Forum On 10th June 2016, organized by IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, second most influential think tank in Africa according to The Lauder Institute of The University

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Appeal for Support

As part of our mandate as a social organisation involved in direct intervention, we help resource-deprived schools in rural Ghana, bridge the resource gap. Our current focus is on Gomoa West where we are helping Darumpong Catholic Primary and J.H.S obtain some basic scholastic materials. Following a project at the school on May 20th 2016,

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Entrepreneurship In Agriculture – Workshop At GSTS

On 25.06.16, Rural Heights Foundation will yet organize another entrepreneurship workshop for the students of Gomoa Senior High Technical School in Gomoa Darumpong. The free entrepreneurship workshop series is an integral part of the Rural Heights Foundation’s strategy of improving quality at the second cycle educational level by exposing students to issues of business model

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The Dream Weavers: Meet Sylvia Adjei of Ultimate Sylvabeads

Sylvia is the founder and CEO of Ultimate Sylvabeads, a high-end fashion and accessory designer that uses beads as input materials a wide range of consumer goodies. Ultimate Sylvabeads’ portfolio includes luxury necklace, hand bags, table mats and other accessories that are suited for the sassy and classy modern woman on all occasions. Sylvia is

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The Dream Weavers: Meet Jade Beli-Letsa – Founder & CEO of Joedges Brands

Rural Heights Foundation has been blessed to benefit from the unique management talent of Jade Beli-Letsa. As a chartered management accountant, Jade has provided insightful advice to the management team of Rural Heights Foundation on matters related to corporate governance and compliance. In her role as a Management Board Advisor (MBA), Jade has been influential

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The Dream Weavers: Meet Daniel Arthur of CW Arthurs

Daniel is the Community Engagement Manager at Rural Heights Foundation. A philanthropist by heart, he enjoys spending his time and money to create opportunities for the socially disadvantaged in the rural areas. His contribution to the success of Rural Heights Foundation so far has been immense. Daniel is also the founder and director of CW

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The Dream Weavers: Meet Hasia Ahmed of PShea Butter Fame

The story of how Hasia got involved with Rural Heights Foundation is an interesting one. While en route from the project field, the Executive Director of Rural Heights Foundation had the good fortune of sharing a seat with Hasia on a public transport bound for Accra. As conversation ensued, it vacillated from occupational engagement to

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‘Future Leaders Dialogue’ at Darumpong Catholic Primary

Gomoa West, one of the 19 districts in the Central Region of Ghana has seen some of the worst educational performance at the Basic and Junior High level. According to an annual report (District League Table) by UNICEF and Centre for Democratic Development, the district placed last, among 216 districts nationwide on a weighted performance

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Sexism in C-Suite: A Commentary on Gender Disparity in Ghana’s Corporate Sector

The recent Public Relations debacle that engulfed Millicom International Cellular (MIC) S.A, operators of Tigo network, and Reliance Personnel Services (RPS), recruitment agency for Tigo, generated tremendous public outcry for good reasons. The management of Reliance Personnel had sought to curtail the economic rights of female staff by introducing an unfair maternity-leave policy that would

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Youth in Agriculture: Entrepreneurship Training At Gomoa Senior High

Notwithstanding the low growth in certain sub-sectors of agriculture, value gaps still remain as market demand for agricultural commodities outstrip supply. In 2015, sector growth was revised down to 0.04% from 3.6% the prior year making agriculture the least in terms of contribution to GDP (19.9% compared to 28.4% for Industry and 50.2% for Services).

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Entrepreneurship and Personal Development Coaching at Winneba SHS

In our effort to make educational outcomes relevant to Ghana’s economic realities, Rural Heights Foundation is once again scheduled to take its intervention activities to a Senior High School in the Central Region; Winneba SHS. On 30.04.2016, a select team of business and personal development coaches would engage two student clubs from Winnesec; the Debating

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The 80/20 Corporate Seminar: A Call To Work-Life Balance

Work-Life balance has become such a critical issue for business sustainability across global markets. The evolving trend is that most brands in competitive markets are beginning to realize the impact of employee well-being on performance outcomes and engagement. The concept of Work=Life balance addresses the mechanics of prioritizing one’s time and commitments between work activities

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Advocacy Podcast | Self-Esteem | Radio

Self-esteem is a foundational concept that binds an individual as an integral part of the collective. Our sense of belonging to a larger family (clan, ethnic extraction, race, etc.), our unique contribution, our sense of power and freedom to express our inner beauty, all reinforce our self-concept. Listen to the riveting radio discussion with Exec.

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The Apam Senior High School Project: A Full Video Report

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Our Corporate Seminar Train Reaches Bond Financial Services

On Tuesday 16.02.2016 at 8.00am, the management team of Rural Heights Foundation engaged the team members of Bond Financial Services, Adabraka Branch, as part of our of FREE corporate seminar series designed to improve performance outcomes for organisations that operate in competitive markets. It also affords an opportunity to create awareness about the Foundation’s activities

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Rural Heights Foundation Collaborates With Junior Camp Ghana to Mentor Students

With youth unemployment in Ghana and in most Sub-Saharan African economies soaring, the need to open up new market spaces and create conditions for social innovation is without doubt the most critical policy imperative that occupies any government which may be interested in private sector growth. This recognition provided context for a recent social entrepreneurship

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What Is The Difference Between An NGO and a Social Enterprise?

To many who are not direct actors or participants in the nonprofit space, this simple question may seem irrelevant, but for all else who build not-for-profit value chains to change social conditions, understanding this key distinction would inform decisions related to corporate governance, business model and having a sustainable source of funding.   Goals &

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StandUP: A New Motivational Segment With Nkunimdini on Xpress Breakfast Show

StandUP is a new motivational and informative segment on XliveAfrica’s #XpressBFS hosted by the positively defiant Christopher Kwabena Agbekudzi. The segment focuses on addressing key questions that affect a demographic segment of Africa’s population – the hip-poppy, happy-go-lucky and tech-savvy young adults (13-35yrs) that often find themselves susceptible to poor decisions in matters related to

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Rural Heights Foundation Conducts Seminar for CAL Bank- Knutsford Branch

Research has proven that having a better work/life balance actually enhances productivity and improves performance outcomes at work. In an increasingly challenging business environment such as Ghana’s, many organisations, both for-profit and nonprofit, are having to retool their business model in order to retain market share or create niche markets where enduring competitive advantage becomes

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Six Questions for Every Social Impact Actor

Dear Change Agent, Do you share Rural Heights Foundation’s passion for social impact and volunteerism? Are you well versed in contemporary issues regarding impact investing, social entrepreneurship or nonprofit management? Do you have an experience to share from managing or being involved in the nonprofit space? Are you familiar with quantitative and/or qualitative techniques for

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Rural Heights Participates in Social Impact Week by iSpace Foundation

With a week long packed with useful content; the young, enterprising and multi-cultural team at iSpace Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating collaborative space and value opportunities for start-ups, exceeded stakeholder expectations with their maiden Social Impact Week (SIW) 2016. The event commenced in earnest on 25.01.2016 and ended on 29.01.2016 with an open market

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Volunteer As A Business Coach On 13.02.2016

Two project hours is all that may be required to make a difference in the future of young adults as we shape their outlook about how to use Social Entrepreneurship to solve community problems. Over 40+ membership strong. One chance to make a difference. To volunteer, visit Rural Height Foundation’s website www.ruralheights.org or send an

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Adapting Pedagogy to New Imperatives – The Gomoa Edu Project

On Friday January 15th 2016, Staff and volunteers from Rural Heights Foundation visited W.O.P Methodist “A” Primary and JHS in Gomoa Pinanko to facilitate a capacity-building workshop, using simple video-sharing technology with the goal to improve pedagogical approaches. The ultimate goal of the project is to help retain young talent in the rural areas to support

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Rural Heights Foundation Contributes to Civic Engagement

Part of Rural Heights Foundation’s project activities in 2016 is an engagement of primary and Junior High School students within the Gomoa West District in a module called Civic Engagement.  The approach, per this module is to recruit the assistance of local government officials such as Assemblymen, Presiding or Unit Committee members to engage the

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Tigo Ghana Shows Leadership by Supporting Rural Education

The management and employees of Tigo Ghana have over the years demonstrated unyielding commitment to building educational infrastructure to support the needy and deprived in rural Ghana. Under the company’s flagship project “Shelter 4 Education”, Tigo has since inception of the project, impacted the lives of over 3000 rural children in deprived communities across six

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Technology Solutions for Rural Ghana

The role of technology in removing or optimizing value chain rigidities is an accepted orthodoxy in global commerce and trade. In Ghana, tech applications in economic sub sectors arguably have contributed to high rate of growth sectors such as Services , consequently transforming its contribution to Ghana’s GDP (2011:49.1%, 2012:48.4% and 2013:49.5%), compared to other

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RHF Collaborates with B&FT Newspaper on CSR Project

According to official reports by the Ghana Education Service, the year 2011 saw one of the most abysmal performance in Ghana’s B.E.C.E examination. 70.9% of candidates who sat for B.E.C.E in Sisala West failed the exams. 13 schools in Agona West during the same period recorded 0% pass. There are also reports attributed to Prof.

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The Gomoa Teaching Project – A Call for Volunteers

What is the Gomoa Teaching Project? Rural Heights Foundation is scheduled to embark on a teaching project at W.O.P. Methodist A in Gomoa Pinanko in the Central Region on January 15, 2016. The project is designed to provide engagement on two levels: A core team of facilitators will engage the teachers in a group discussion

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Owiredua Rural Scholarship Grant

Rural Heights Foundation has introduced an educational scholarship scheme named Owiredua Rural Scholarship Grant Scheme (ORSGS) to cater for the bright but needy pupils in the rural zones where the Foundation engages in its intervention programs. The scope covers primary level to Junior High students and the grants includes tuition and learning materials. Efua Arhin, an

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Get Inspired at P&L Conference 2015

Amidst the tussle of words, weak macroeconomic fundamentals and gloomy growth outlook, there are Ghanaian companies that have done marvelously well in both for-profit and nonprofit space. As part of Rural Height Foundation’s issue advocacy efforts, this year’s Patriots and Leaders Conference would focus on telling this inspiring story two Ghanaian companies that have done

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RHF Completes Stakeholder Consultation

According to Ghana Living Standards Survey 6 (GLSS 6), mean household sizes are higher in rural areas (4.5) are more than in urban areas (3.6), albeit lower than the national average of 4.0. The interplay of weaker performance on all development metrics (health, education, employment etc.) in the rural economy as compared to the urban

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Our mandate is to facilitate rural development through an integrated model of productive inclusion, social protection and policy advocacy with the goal of reducing inequality. Rural Heights Foundation is a member of Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum.