Project: Soccer 2014


Nathan Cotton (Neuroscience) also worked with Kwabena Kokroko and other youth soccer coordinators in the district to distribute soccer equipment donated by the Columbus Crew and the OSU Men’s Soccer Club to high school and youth soccer programs in the district. Nathan also worked with local soccer coaches to map the location of soccer fields in the district to assist them in coordinating their soccer games for the creation of a district-wide league. Nathan is developing a marketing proposal to help raise funds for the league’s creation.

Project: HAVEN-Afrancho 2014

HAVEN Afrancho GIS map

Andrew Crozier (CRP), alongside ONDA Town and Country Planning staff members Slyvester and Akwasi, expanded the GSC’s HAVEN survey, an assessment (started in 2012 and expanded in 2013) of demographics, water and energy access and housing inventories of over 50 homes, to the community of Afrancho. Andrew plans to expand upon the research started here in collaboration with Danny Berghoff to update the GIS map to incorporate all GIS data points collect in the district since 2011.

Project: Wellbox 2014


Lauren Michlitsch (Sociology) and Nathan Cotton (Neuroscience) expanded the WellBox Initiative, a previous GSC effort to develop a small, female-owned business that sells health products at a low cost to families in the district. Lauren and Nathan joined 2013 WellBox team member and ONDA Information Services staff member Rahmat Ndego and Ghana National Service Personnel member Hussein Suleman to evaluate prices, consumer preferences and identify the market potential for health care goods in the district. The team is confident that with Ms. Ndego’s leadership and proper coordination with suppliers this program could become a sustainable business.

Project: Shared Shelter Settlements 2014

Shared Shelter sample layoutChloe Greene (CRP) and Kobby Agyekum (Architecture) worked with the ONDA’s Engineering Department Anning Samuel through the ONDA’s Shared Shelter Settlements project to engage community residents in financial literacy training, partner with a local bank, and assist in the development of moderate and low income housing designs in the district. Chloe and Kobby concluded that the project has enormous potential and with land acquired and set forth for development, they are optimistic that their designs and programs could be put into application within the next year.

What Sustainable Change Will You Make?

ghanaaward2-300x250-1In GSC there are so many opportunities to create projects and help the Offinso North District develop sustainably. You choose your project based on their expressed needs and your interests. Think someone had a great idea going? You can also continue with an ongoing project!