Our Mission

Education is the key to a better life. Never has that been more evident than it is today in Ghana, West Africa. That simple fact is what energizes E-quip Africa to collect computers and school supplies for distribution to schools in this African nation which honors its traditions even as it builds and strengthens an economy clearly focused on the future.

A friendship between a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and a parish priest in Tarkwa, Ghana, West Africa, which began in the late 1980s has grown to encompass an organization firmly rooted in Willmar, Minnesota, but spreading throughout Central Minnesota and the metropolitan Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. :Read more...

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Doug Talks to Students at Adaklu Have


The driver's mate adjusts some cargo in the passenger section of a tro-tro traveling from Adaklu Have to Ho in the Volta Region. A tro-tro is the preferred means of transportation in Ghana for most rural folks and a lot of big city dwellers also. It's inexpensive and conducive to making good new friends because of the close quarters! :-) The term tro-tro means two by two and is usually a van with a narrow aisle separating two seats on either side. This one is a pickup truck with a topper and two benches along the sides. The vehicle was started and stopped by the driver twisting two ignition wires together. There were 14 of us in it at one point, but the driver's mate moved the bag you see here up to the cab making more room for the humans.


The village chiefs and elders welcome us to Dodome in the Volta Region of Ghana. Among the delegation is Kodzi Courage Afenyo's father in the center wearing a white shirt. This amazing man is very well read and a wonderful conversationalist. He especially loves Reader's Digest. If you subscribe, please save them, get them to E-quip Africa and we'll ship them on the next container to add to his library.


The chop bar fare of the day--Okra Stew, a spice red soup with lots of spinach and bush meat (grass cutter), a rodent hunted in the bush


Doug and Greg receive sashes from the Adaklu-Have women. These sashes are hand woven on a 4 inch loom using kente colors and depicting tha Ashanti stool, a symbol of power and authority.


All along the coast of West Africa you'll see these colorful fishing boats. Some of the hardest working men you'll ever see go out daily to cast their nets and bring the catch to market later in the morning.


Joan and Monsignor Francis Tawiah discuss school needs in Takoradi.


Candy, Doug and Monsignor Francis Tawiah taking 'high tea' between school visits.


Due to lack of suitable classroom space, the Kindergarten classes in Apowa (Takoradi) have fifty students in each room.


Candy visits the special needs school in Takoradi. Supported by St. Mary's Church, this is one of very few schools in Ghana for special needs students.

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