We're Ghana Play Basketball

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We're Ghana Play Basketball
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Region: Volta
Country: Ghana
Volunteer(s) Name: PCV Vainner
Funds community contributed: 2, 650.00
Percentage community contributed: 29%
Funds needed were: 6, 564.00
Funds requested were: 9, 214.00
Year of project approval: 2009
Projects started in Ghana 2009 (19).
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We're Ghana Play Basketball

Purpose and Approach

Ghanaians love sports, but in Ghana, football (soccer) is the established addiction of choice. Therefore, in most communities, there are no alternatives for those who do not excel at football. This court would provide a credible alternative for those left out, especially for girls who are still ostracized when it comes to playing football. Furthermore, after the authoring PCV noticed the popularity of basketball in the Peace Corps training community of Kukurantumi, he realized an opportunity to introduce a familiar, yet unpracticed, sport in his community. Basketball is a sport, like football, that could be used to teach teamwork, leadership, hard work and fair play. Equally important, because of Ghanaians passion for sports, PCVs could utilize the opportunity to inform not only participants, but also spectators, of sporting events about HIV/AIDS and other STIs. Moreover, the basketball will be constructed on the campus of a local senior secondary school to maximize its usage and encourage its maintenance.


The project is to build a full basketball court on the campus of a secondary school with a student-body size of 660 in a community of around 12,000.

Action Plan

1. Meeting with school and community

2. Preparation of construction site

3. Purchase materials

4. Construction of court (2 weeks)

5. Painting

6. Opening ceremonies


Currency Exchange Rate: GHC 1.39 = 1.00 US Dollar

Community Contribution

Material Quantity Unit Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (Cedi) Total Cost (USD)
Land 1 2,000.00 2,000.00 1,438.85
Labor (clearing and prepping land) 40 10.00 400.00 287.77
Labor (painting) 25 10.00 250.00 179.86

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