About Us

Pagus:Africa works at a grassroots level to support children in their education and in extra-curricular programs. The ultimate aim  is to develop critical thinking and leadership skills and a heart for helping others.

Pagus  was established in 1996 as a non-profit gallery (Pagus Gallery) and outreach program in  Norristown PA. In 2004, after founders Ellen Berenholz and Timothy Hawkesworth were introduced to the challenges faced by the people in the Volta Region in Ghana, they were compelled to extend their reach to assist children get a quality education,  improve health and reduce poverty. With each year on the ground lessons are learned and needs of the people change. We take pride in our  ability to respond accordingly and redirect our efforts to yield best results.

Students waving hands during art workshop in Ghana

Pagus:Africa was founded with the desire to have a direct and meaningful impact on children’s lives. We set out to do this work with minimal administrative expenses in order to maximize the benefit of all donations.

Challenges in the rural Volta Region
  • Lack of access to quality schools
  • Lack of money to send children to school
  • Inadequate teaching materials, school supplies and equipment.
  • High rates of teen pregnancy
  • Child slavery on the Volta Lake
  • Child labor as domestics, farm-hands and petty traders
  • Lack of clean water and sanitation
  • High infant mortality
  • Rampant malaria
  • Lack of medical supplies
Accomplishments to date:

In just the last 10 years we have:

  • Opened Pagus Center for Achievement in Ho offering a lending library, computer resources to aid in online learning, and tutoring services.
  • Conducted  Literacy Programs in rural basic schools (now in our 2nd year at Lokoe School)
  • Conducted a Day Camp to further the education of youth serving 100 students through the month of August.
  • Implemented a sponsorship program that has sent over 120 students to school.
  • Implemented a work/study scholarship program for those moving on to secondary and tertiary education.
  • Created safe housing and care for vulnerable children to live while attending school.
  • Built and opened the Pagus Learning Center in Kpando open to all students at Bishop Forson School.
  • Conducted classes to assist students pass critical examinations
  • Awarded scholarships to innovative summer programs and teacher training
  • Built an eight classroom school with offices, library and bathrooms
  • Provided a clean and sustainable water source for the Bishop Forson School
  • Created and implemented volunteer programs including Painting Possibilities
  • Sent containers and other shipments of school and medical supplies and equipment
  • Sent a school van and a second vehicle for farm and other essential work
  • Undertaken various farming projects and introduced drip irrigation
  • Built and distributed 1st aid boxes to 22 schools in Ho Municipality, VR
  • Consulted and built websites for Nongovernmental Organizations in Ghana that are closely aligned with ours.
  • Helped get an ambulance on the road to bring help to rural villages
What makes this work possible…

The support and contributions of the following companies, organizations, and schools as well as the many generous individual donors, sponsors and volunteers, make all the difference:

Capital Lease, Hapag-Lloyd, DHL forwarding services, Penske Auto Rental , Drexel University College of Medicine, Cedar Hill Elementary School, Brooke Elementary School, Gwynned-Mercy Academy Elementary students and staff, Penn Charter School, Global Gifts in Wayne, PA, Lexington High School Model UN Club, Vantage Point Advisors , all of our generous sponsors and donors!

Community by Community, Child by Child – You Can Make a Difference.

Pagus is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the U.S. Our Federal tax number (EIN) # is 23-2965192