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.
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
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