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|Focus||education, poverty reduction|
|Services||charitable services, sustainable development projects|
|Method||to work with local stakeholders developing projects that bring positive sustainable outcomes, using the efforts of volunteers to deliver and achieve this vision|
|Maxwell Donkor (Country Director)|
Thrive Africa is a Ghanaian nonprofit registered charitable body, founded in United Kingdom in 2009 with the aim of assisting local communities across Ghana to improve living standards and educational level through a range of self-sustainable projects.
Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana means "Warrior King" in the Soninke language.
The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state—the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.
The charity annually recruits volunteers from across the world and coordinates their efforts to implement development projects, allowing its supporters to not only to promote the advancement of education and relief of poverty, but also to gain personal experience in the development sector.
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Thrive Africa was founded in 2009 as a registered charity in United Kingdom and Ghana. In 2012 its management was fully transferred to Ghana.
Every year Thrive Africa donate tens of thousands of books working closely with its partner Book-Cycle, the UK charity.It recruits volunteers, who help local communities to establish school libraries and organise health and sanitation workshops.
From 2011 Thrive Africa’s volunteers have worked in orphanages, building libraries, building farms for caregivers of HIV/AIDS orphans, running sports lessons and educational workshops,donating clothes and kits for football players.
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In 2010 British Government and its development partners made the decision that Ghana should become fully self-sufficient and do without outside help by 2020. Nevertheless, about one third of people in this country live below the poverty line (less than $1.25 a day).Therefore, the Thrive Africa’s management aimed at work with the local Ghanaian communities to create long term and self-sustainable projects.
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