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 an 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 to get a quality education, improve their health, and reduce poverty. With each year on the ground, lessons are learned and the needs of the people change. We take pride in our ability to respond accordingly and redirect our efforts to yield the 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
  • Low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • High cost of sending children to school (supplies, uniforms, extra classes, transport, etc.)
  • Inadequate teaching materials, school supplies, and equipment.
  • High rates of teen pregnancy
  • Child labor as domestics, farm-hands, and petty traders
  • Child slavery on the Volta Lake
  • Lack of clean water and sanitation
  • Rampant malaria/inadequate health care
  • 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.

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