Kids in Tafo village


WAVO’s mission is to improve the lives of West Africans, primarily those living in poverty. We've partnered with a fantastic, grass-roots organization named UVO in Kwahu-Tafo, Ghana to provide opportunities for international volunteers.

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Boys outside of the hostel

Why Volunteer?

"We need more people to visit Africa to see the progress but also to see how much needs to be done." - Bill Gates, 2019 

Why Donate?

A little goes a long way. The cost of food for one child in Ghana is about $20 USD per month. School fees are expensive for local people but a bargain compared with school tuition in America.

Course tuition and books for a college student in Ghana are around only $500 USD. For elementary students, this is closer to $50 USD for the year. Any donation amount therefore covers a lot of need.

Words from the Students

Collins Frimpong

(College graduation photo)

Collins is one of 6 students that UVO has supported onto University over the previous five years. Attending university in this part of the world is expensive and a privilege very few gain. This is an incredible achievement for us – that we have supported children that would never have had this chance.

He writes:

My name is Collins Frimpong and I have been with the project for more than a decade. I joined with the motive to play football alone but through proper initiatives which was laid down by the executives of the project, they were able to assist me through out my high school program and my university as well and now holding a Bachelor Degree In Administration which was funded in large part through the project. 

Am praying that one day I will be able to fill the shoe of our executives when they retire so that I can help continue the good work of the Organization. 

There has been spoken many challenges I encountered throughout the time I spent there and the major one is when volunteers stop visiting the project it's made things very complicated in the sense that they do support the organization to pay our fees and provide us with training kits so if we were not getting such assistance from them again, it's was very challenging. 

There are so many favorites moments that I have encountered since I joined the organization but my favorite among them all is when we won the Coca Cola Under 17 tournament at the Eastern Region in 2010.

Raphael Dwamena

(With Ghana Black Stars team, top row, third from left)

Update: A Tribute to Raphael

With incredible sadness it was learned that former UVO star pupil passed away on 11th November 2023. 


In a footballing sense, Raphael was the superstar of UVOs academy, making a living in the top leagues of Europe and we are so very proud of him. He never forgot the efforts we made to support him as a boy and young man and continued to support the academy in terms of equipment and advice for our boys. 

The passage below was Raphael's statement regards his early development with UVO.

''I've been with UVO for 6-7 years. UVO gave me a lot of teachings as a young player and a person, words of encouragement. As a young boy, I never knew Christ but through UVO, the Lord allowed me to learn more about Him; which today has really helped me grow as a young man.

Feeding was a problem for us since we didn't have a lot of support from outside. The management always gave us the best and that's been an encouragement for me. They're seeking not their own personal desires but the best for the players. I would like to support the organisation and give the rest of the young kids the best they could have.

My highlight was winning the coca cola tournament and sharing great moments with Volunteers.''

Raphaels funeral took place in Ghana in February 2024 and was attended by all his former peers and teachers from UVO projects. Rest in peace Raphael.

Susana Owiredua

(Action shot - Susana in the University Science Lab)

Susana was a brilliant student, attending at Kwahu Praso local schools where she first came across our projects and teachers. Many years later she completed Senior Secondary School (SSS) with excellent grades and had managed to secure offers from two top universities. 

Susana says

"After Senior School I had a dream in becoming a Physician Assistant but sadly my family were simply not in a position to fund this opportunity for me. I am grateful to UVO project for large contribution to continue my education and chance to pursue my career!"

For UVO it was a no-brainer to contribute towards Susana school fees and educational supplies so she could attend Presbyterian University. As of 2023 she has recently year 1 with excellent grades. 

"If you educate a man you have educated an individual but if you educate a woman, you have educated a nation."

Stephen Bannah

(Stephen (right) receiving an award from Eric)

"I am Stephen Bannah, currently 27 years old, pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Accounting at the University of Ghana, generously sponsored by Ultimate Voluntary Organization. 


I joined Ultimate Football Academy at age 11 where I had the opportunity to continue my primary education at the Ultimate Academy Preparatory School from basic 5. Attending Ultimate preparatory school was a delightful experience, as it fostered a collective commitment among students to master English language. Given that most of our instructors were predominantly the volunteers and communicated solely in English, mastering the language became a shared goal for all students. 

Other volunteers from Spain, Croatia, Japan, and France like Sylvan, Branka, Ivana and Kristina also made great effort to teach us their respective languages. These experiences made me develop love for both education and football because I had the opportunity to mingle with individuals from various countries both in the classroom and on the pitch. Interacting with these volunteers taught me invaluable lessons: the importance of respect, humility, and compassion towards others. I remember the day when Branka and Ivana, both from Croatia, visited my school. Although it was raining, we’ve got ourselves some jackets to shield us from the downpour back to the academy hostel. 

Despite not coming from a wealthy family, the love and support I received from Ultimate Academy surpassed the benefits of wealth and privilege. Ultimate academy had unwavering faith in my abilities, sponsoring my tertiary education once again. This support led to me being awarded a first-class degree from the University of Education, Winneba. My aspiration is to become a lecturer and consultant, aiming to positively influence the lives of young individuals. Most importantly, I aspire to extend my assistance to the underprivileged, inspired by the support I received from Ultimate Academy during my times of need."

You can even read some of Stephen's publications here:



Yin Jessica

(Jessica (left) in discussion with Irene - founder of Sekmond girls clubs)

Yin Jessica was one of the first students attending Sekmond Girls' projects in 2019. She joined at the time when she felt all hope was lost as her parents had recently separated as a couple. 

Upon joining the foundation, hope began to show in her face as she gained advice and support from our tutors and practical support in the form of sanitaries, feeding, and other personal needs. 

Furthermore, her father's death was a huge blow as she was about to write her Junior Level exams but she managed to pass well through hard work and diligence. Due to guidance and financial support from WAVO and Sekmonds, Jessica was able to make it to Senior High School. 

As of 2023, she is attending a general science programme at Abetifi Presbyterian Senior High School.

Hodey Raphael

(Hodey celebrating another victory!))

I am Hodey Raphael, born on August 8, 2006, in Ekye Amanfrom, a secluded town situated in the Kwahu Afram Plain South district within the Eastern Region of Ghana. I joined Ultimate Voluntary Organization in 2017 driven by my deep passion for football. 

Ultimate academy was reputed to be among the finest football academies in Kwahu, and though my parents were the ones who ultimately made the decision, we were all aware of its esteemed reputation. Prior to joining Ultimate Academy, my schooling wasn’t really encouraging. My primary interest lay in playing football with my friends, and I often wandered around town, especially since we resided near the riverbank, where fishing and exploring were popular pastimes among the local children. 

When I joined Ultimate Academy, I was enrolled in Primary 5 at the Presbyterian School in Kwahu Tafo, where I experienced a significant shift in my educational journey. The academy’s primary objective is to offer quality education alongside comprehensive football training to the young individuals, especially those from underprivileged background. I thoroughly enjoy my time on the pitch, mostly surrounded by awesome volunteers who consistently impart new skills. Staying in the academy hostel feels like being at home, as we children regard ourselves as one big family. 

Currently, I am in my second year at senior High School where I offer woodworks as course at St. Joseph Technical Institute. Through the perfect combination of football and academics, I have seen a substantial improvement in my life, and I am optimistic that this balanced approach will pave the way for me to become a professional player that I have always dreamed off.