Ghana's first women's shelter

$2,570 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 25 months
We are building Ghana's first womens shelter for victims of domestic violence. 

Domestic violence is a huge issue for women in Ghana and there are currently no services providing support. Victims are forced to suffer in silence, and if they speak out, told by families that their place is to remain with their husband.  

A recent article regarding domestic violence issues in Ghana.

Women are voiceless victims and our dream is to provide somewhere safe for them and their children to stay, vocational training and relocation support for the future.  

The shelter is a massive project and there are many ways you can help. We have secured the land which is 51 x 33 metres we have built a perimeter fence, gate and caretakers quarters, and purchased over 3000, 25cm x 45cm concrete blocks.


The perimeter fence and gate. 

A view of the whole pice of land, with the caretakers quarters that was under construction at the time of taking this photo.

Total project cost to date is $18,000. We have been completely self funded to this point. The time has come for us to ask for help to keep the momentum going. 

We have a team of six amazing volunteers flying over with us in October to construct the building and they have already raised over $6000, as well as sourcing donations of a  significant amount of second hand power tools. 

To move forward from here we would love any support that people are able to give. 

Monetary donations will assist us with the massive cost of shipping the container from Australia to Ghana which will carry the building materials that have been generously donated, as well as those purchased by the fundraising efforts of our volunteers. Funds raised will also help us to  purchase other necessary materials in Ghana and pay for the cost of local labour. 

Any donations, no matter how small, will all add up to help us make a change in the lives of our sisters in Ghana.

Thank you from the bottom of our love filled hearts. 

Shanton and Rae-Anne (Aussieghana Relief)


Here is our website which has all of our projects to date and our blog has some of our stories. 

http://www.aussieghana.com
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Thanks to a recent generous private donation we have been able to begin construction on the external walls of the shelter. Still a way to go but it’s great to see progress! What a beautiful site we now have before us.

Thanks to the hard work, determination of so many, our dream is becoming a reality!

Our aim is to open our doors in October so this year will see us working hard to raise funds. We are also now registered with the ACNC which means that every donation over $2 is tax deductible!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who have helped us reach here.

We are very excited about the next steps and being able to provide safety and security to our sisters in Ghana.
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Just check this beautiful image. No words to describe how happy this makes us. We still have a long way to go but it feels so great to look at how far we have come - against all odds too!!!
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Hi everyone, it's been a long time since our last update, but rest assured things have been very busy and progressing well at our end.

Shanton returned to Ghana in March to continue construction and made some great progress. We were blessed that another wonderful volunteer, Craig accompanied him, and Craig works in the construction industry in Adelaide so it was great to have his input in to the important stage of constructing the walls and the roof. This is one of the first buildings of this type in Ghana, so we are excited to be able to share building knowledge and train our labourers in new skills at the same time.

This stage of construction cost us just over$20,000 so we are now well and truly in the red to the value of about $40,000 unfortunately, but we will continue this important project and know that one day we will be providing safety and security to our sisters in Ghana.

If you know anyone who may be interested in our work, we would love you to share, as we are in desperate need of assistance to get us back in the black and moving forward to the stage of actually opening our doors, which we aim to do early in 2018.

Thank you so much for all of your support to date and we look forward to sharing the next stages of our heart project with you in the future.

Rae-Anne and Shanton
Our amazing walls and roof!
The impressive construction from inside
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We have finished pouring the foundations! We are very happy to have reached this monumental stage and eagerly await the next phase of our project.

Shipping sagas continue but we have gotten this far and will continue to do what we can until the day we open the doors to our sisters.
Ready to begin pouring
Shanton on this proud and happy day!
Surveying the work. What an achievement!
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Jan Smith
13 months ago

What a fantastic job you ate doing. Well done , so very thoughtful

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Raised by 42 people in 25 months
Created July 1, 2016
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I hope you reach your goal

Jan Smith
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What a fantastic job you ate doing. Well done , so very thoughtful

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