Ryvanz-Mia Childcare

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A Pencil For Ghana

What Is A Pencil Ghana?

A Pencil for Ghana is a not-for-profit organization that aims to raise sustainable funds for Ryvanz-Mia Childcare (Orphanage), located in Kpando, Volta Region, Ghana. It also strives to gather ongoing volunteers to participate in affordable programs at the orphanage itself and in the Kpando community. Its mission is to help the orphanage achieve its goals and improve its quality of life by providing greater opportunities.

How A Pencil for Ghana all began.

A Pencil for Ghana is a charity project that initially began in Barcelona, Spain, by 22-year-old Laia Maldonado in 2017. Laia was inspired during her two-week volunteer experience at Ryvanz-Mia Childcare (Orphanage), located in Kpando, Ghana, in July 2017. The name, A Pencil for Ghana, was influenced by Laia’s discovery of the orphanage’s kids sharing just one pencil to do their homework between fifteen of them. When she returned home to Barcelona, she developed the project by raising awareness, money, attending charity functions, meeting people to form a team and, contacting NGOs, thus developing A Pencil for Ghana.


This project aims to financially sustain Ryvanz-Mia and provide more opportunities for volunteers and, most importantly, the kids and adults of the orphanage.

How A Pencil for Ghana all began.

Laia’s successful development of A Pencil for Ghana returned to Ryvanz-Mia Childcare (Orphanage) with the new project’s volunteer co-ordinator, Ingrid Ribera from Barcelona, Spain. Together, they delivered their exciting plans, ideas, goals, and achievements of the project to the orphanage in person. This visit included the staff memberssigning a contract to willingly work with A Pencil for Ghana and Esport Solidari Internacional, a Spanish NGO that helps poor African communities, and unexpectedly meeting another volunteer (myself), Emma Feagan, also 20, from Adelaide, South Australia. During my 23 days of volunteer work at Ryvanz-Mia Childcare (Orphanage), I, too, was planning the various ways I could return home and develop a project to help the orphanage. When Laia and Ingrid arrived and illustrated their project’s ideas to me, I was flabbergasted. I was so excited to have met young, motivated, compassionate, like-minded women with a project equal to my ideas.

Excited about A Pencil for Ghana’s potential, I was eager to collaborate and become a part of the project’s team! Thus, I have begun a branch for A Pencil for Ghana in Australia and currently working as Australia’s volunteer coordinator and developing a team.


What are A Pencil for Ghana’s goals?

A Pencil for Ghana strives to continue collaborating with NGOs in order to increase its probability of achieving the orphanage’s goals: ongoing volunteers, maintaining regular volunteer programs within the Kpando community, receiving sustainable donations, and, most importantly, funds for the kids’ education, food, a borehole for the orphanage, and a tutor and career for the kids. This project merely aims to support the orphanage in achieving their goals and by encouraging their aspirations. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you want more information or collaborate with us to support this project, send us an email to unllapisperghana@gmail.com

Which programs does A Pencil for Ghana offer?


In this program, we want to allow volunteers to help and collaborate in one of the Kpando hospitals, a center where all help is limited.

The HOSPITAL program offers the opportunity to know how the health sector works in Africa. It calls for the help of professionals students who can share their knowledge and offer them new methods and ways of working effectively and viable, adapting to their working conditions. Therefore, we recommend studying or having medical studies, and it will be necessary to present documentation that proves it. 



The special school with which we have agreed on a cooperation program is Kpando Community Special Inclusive School.

It is a school that accommodates children and adults with various disabilities, from Down syndrome to epilepsy. With the minimum conditions with which the government provides the region’s education system, it isn’t easy to give them the personalized attention and treatment they require and adequate infrastructure for their development and daily life in school.

The children and adults of the special school do not speak English, only Ewe. Thus, the task of the volunteer will be to spend free time with them, play, sing and dance and try, whenever possible, to teach one or another class – didactics. All this, creating a bond with them that makes the WORDS UNNECESSARY. Team members, who have been sharing long mornings with all of them at school, can assure you that the language is not an inconvenience. On the contrary, seeing their faces of happiness and their smiles when spending time with you will make the farewells harder than you imagine