The Ashesi Fund for Service: Growing leaders through hands-on service learning
The Fund for Service provides structured support and funding to student-led projects in service to the community at large. With a historic focus on serving children and youth, the program began in 2015 as an experiment in learning through hands-on service. With incubation support from the Ford Foundation, the program has grown through three phases and launched over 70 projects - many of which continue today.
Fund for Service projects often involve support for education and youth mentoring while others explore innovation in agriculture, sanitation, health, technology, and sports programming. At the conclusion of Ford Foundation's incubation, a new source of funding is needed to continue this valuable learning model for students and impact in the community.
Over 70 distinct projects have received funds, training, and coaching since 2015. These projects have impacted several thousand people across Ghana, especially in our host community of Berekuso. Learn more about a few of such transformational projects:
Your contribution will help build a permanent program to support students as they actively solve the problems faced by the local community. With annual funding of just $95,000, up to 24 new student projects can be funded each year - a blend of proof-of-concept projects and projects ready to launch. We expect upwards of 40 projects to be underway across the student body at any given time. Support at all levels helps keep this valuable service-learning opportunity going: