The International Assembly of Westphalian Children’s Villages e.V. (IVWK) in Paderborn pursues the aims set out in its statutes, providing care and support for children in need, most especially to orphans, in countries with underdeveloped social systems. In the context of these Children’s Villages, which it helps to fund and support, it is also keenly invested in development cooperation, helping where it can to improve the infrastructure in the region.

The 3 Children’s Villages in Ghana, India and Peru are currently home to 200 children living in foster families, where they receive stable, secure and loving care in a family setting as well as an education and skill-based vocational training.

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At the Westphalian Children’s Village (WCV) in Ghana, the initially small vocational school was upgraded between 2008 and 2010 – with grants from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany – to provide a Technical & Senior High School (WSHS) with boarding school for girls and a canteen with kitchen that caters for the students. Three classes have already left the school with a high-school diploma.

In an effort to foster a culture of self-help that keeps young people from migrating from rural areas to the cities, the decision was made in 2015 to add laboratories to school. The resulting extended curriculum with biology, chemistry and physics focusing on agriculture aims to qualify the youngsters for life in the region.

Thanks to a most generous donation made by our Foundation in February 2015 the work on the laboratories could start promptly.

The Children’s Village Management hopes to have the interior completed by the start of the new school year in September 2016.