The Canadian Education Initiative in Ghana Inc, CEIG Inc. is a grassroots charity that is improving the quality of education in Ghana, West Africa. We aim to advance the education of young children in the towns around Lake Bosomtwe (Ashanti Region, Ghana) by building and maintaining kindergarten and primary schools. (Click here to view our brochure)
The story of CEIG Inc. begins in 2004 (before the charity was established in 2009) when a few scientists from the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) came together to study the ecology of Lake Bosomtwe. During their research, it quickly became evident that the sustainability of the ecosystem was linked to the state of the local economy. Concerned by their research findings, Megan Otu and Caitlin Puchniak, two Canadian students, returned to Ghana to discuss issues with the local communities. The towns of Abono and Dompa were quick to appoint both students to the traditional Ashanti tribal council as Development Queen Mothers. The appointment of Development Queen to a village is a life-time commitment and an honoured position in Ghana. This position is intended to offer good governance to the community, particularly to help with the community’s health and education needs. For this reason, we strive to maximize the transfer of finances to these impoverished communities.