Volta Outreach to Island Communities Expedition (VOICE)

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Volta Outreach to Island Communities Expedition (VOICE)

Purpose and Approach

The Lawra Methodist Clinic and the Krachi-East District Health Directorate will work with Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education in rural Volta Lake communities that are not easily accessible through traditional overland means. These are remote and isolated island communities which have not really been target destinations for HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. This is because the rainy season from April to October often floods the poor roads, making it difficult for people to travel on land; members of these small island communities have no other option than to board wooden canoes to the district capital of Dambai to sell or buy goods at the market, and access professional medical care.

Along with translator, Maclean Nudevu, navigator, Kwasi Matey, and resource person Madam Naawin Ziri, the PCVs and other counterparts will board a boat to the island communities located on the Volta Lake. The communities involved in this project are: Dambai, Mepekorpe, Yeji, Katanka, Kete Krachi, Paikatanga, Asukawkaw, Kwadjokrom, Nsuta, and Kpando.

In each community, the team will: a) Sensitize and create HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention b) Initiate discussions and activities that will promote the acceptance of PLWHA (A PLWHA will be part of the team)

Community counterparts and the Krachi-East District HIV/AIDS Coordinator will play leading roles in organizing the events and visits to the communities. The PCVs will be supportive as and when needed.

In conclusion, the project specifically seeks to promote the acceptance of Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and will promote the interest and needs of these remote communities for future HIV/AIDS educational programs.


  1. Sensitize and create HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention among targeted communities
    1. Provide information on basic facts about HIV/AIDS
    2. Distribute condoms and educational resources
  2. Promote the acceptance of People Living With HIV/AIDS
    1. Introduce a PLWHA to share testimony with the targeted communities
    2. Encourage healthy and cordial relationship between PLWHA and other community members
    3. Encourage the targeted communities to buy products/item made by PLWHA
    4. Inspire other people living with any kind of disability or illness.

Action Plan

Step Task Needed materials Responsible parties Estimated timetable
1 Plan boat route Map PCV, Counterpart & District Health Director July
2 Buy supplies for participants life jackets, food, tents, etc. PCV and community counterpart July
3 Arrange HIV/AIDS education materials Journey of Hope (JOH) kits PCV August
4 Buy condoms condoms PCV August
5 Boat safety maintenance tools Boat captain August
6 Buy fuel fuel Boat captain August
7 Pre-trip: HIV/AIDS coordinating session Journey of Hope kits Planning & Organizing Team September
8 Pre-trip: Boat safety session boat & lifejackets Planning & Organizing Team September
9 Boat launch boat, supplies & materials all participants September
10 Outreach to 10 island communities JOH kits, boat, supplies & materials Planning & Organizing Team September - October


Currency Exchange Rate: 1.49 Ghana Cedi = 1.00 US Dollar

Partnership Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Boat maintenance 1 200 200 134.23
Barrels of fuel 5 140 700 469.80
Tents 4 55 220 147.65
Rental of gas stove and fillers (for entire project period) 1 60 60 40.27
Honorarium for Community Health Nurse (for entire project period) 1 150 150 100.67
Honorarium for PLWHA 1 70 70 46.98
Honorarium of translator 1 50 50 33.56
Food for participants 4 people for 14 days 5/day 280 187.92
Boat driver fees 14 days 15/day 210 140.94
Rental of mattresses (for entire project period) 9 5 45 30.20
Sachet water 25 1 25 16.78
Total 2,010.00 1,349.00

Community Contribution
Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Box of condoms 15 5 75 50.34
Boat usage 1 200 200 134.23
Lodging 8 people for 14 nights 45/night 630 422.82
Event organizers labor 10 people 10 100 67.11
Event venues 10 destinations 30 300 201.34
Total 1,305.00 875.84

Total Project Cost
 % Contribution Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Partnership Contribution 61 2,010.00 1,349.00
Community Contribution 39 1,305.00 875.84
Total Project Cost 3,315.00 2,224.87

Peace Corps Resources

  • Journey of Hope kit

Project Reflection and Sustainability

An instituted Planning Team will be responsible for ensuring that all project activities are implemented according to plan. The team will develop a list of questions that the project beneficiaries are expected to provide responses to after every community activity. The responses provided will give an idea as whether progress is being made or not.

As the project team moves from community to community, project activities will be monitored closely and it is hoped that the lessons learnt from earlier communities will be incorporated into the pending activities in the remaining communities.