Thirdway Human Rights and Development

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Basic Information

Address: P.O.Box 532 Ho, Volta Region, Ghana
Phone Number: Tel: NL. 0031643755040; and GH. 00233505868779; 00233576764089
Director: Christoph E.K. Damalie

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Additional Information

Causes Served: -“Human rights, Entrepreneurship, Micro enterprise, Primary, Secondary Education, Teacher Support, Micro finance, ,Food security Tourism, Women, Children, Youth, Adult, Poverty, Computer Training, Conflict Mediation, Communities, Freedom, Indivisible , Sanitation places, corruption, good governance, capacity building, Environment Protection, disabled persons”
Population Served: Ghanaians
Ages for Volunteer: 16+
Hours of Service: 40
Minimum Hours of Service Required: 4
Days of Service: All days depending agreement with the volunteer
Languages: English, Ewe, Ga, Twi Fante, Hausa
Languages used as a Medium: English
Experience Required:


Programs Open To: Everyone
Travel Arrangements:

Accommodation is arranged in conjunction with the participants based on taste and ability to pay.

Participants Work: : work in the areas of education and teaching, Website maintenance and updating, social media and marketing, setting up micro enterprises, fundraising for projects, research, Computer lessons, writing of training modules and giving training, health education programmes, micro finance programmes. Work in our school and the communities.
Application Process: Please fill the form attached or download from website download and fill the form here and follow the procedure

Visa Requirements:

The organization will issue invitation letters to prospective participants

Program Highlights:

Entrepreneurship development, Micro finance, ICT, Healthcare and Health Education in , Teaching , Community development projects, animal husbandry and gardening, fish farming, Language and cultural studies, Women and Youth empowerment, Drumming and Dancing ,Soccer and Hockey coaching, Language and Cultural Studies, Research

Mission Statement:

 Entrepreneurship development, Micro finance, ICT, Healthcare and Health Education in , Teaching , Community development projects, animal husbandry and gardening, fish farming, Language and cultural studies, Women and Youth empowerment, Drumming and Dancing ,Soccer  and Hockey  coaching, Language and Cultural Studies, Research



Our new programme to be introduced.

Through studies and practical experiences a comprehensive approach to solving the problem of poverty alleviation, job creation, financial management, conflict resolution, health and environmental protection, prevention of able bodied Men/Women dying on the high seas seeking for greener pastures and above all human rights education has been put together into this training module ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND HUMAN RIGHTS/RESPONSIBILITIES EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAMME

This is an all –inclusive programme looking at a holistic approach to solving a problems directly and indirectly.

 It brings the actors headlong with the problems and the solutions are sought out through hands-on and participatory means.

 The objectives are giving back to people confidence, trust, courage and the ability to be in charge of their own lives with the efforts and the needed help from institutions, governments, individuals and through their own strength.

 With this confidence and independence to seek their own tested solutions, society at large becomes the winner

 The main difference distinguishing this programme from others is that IT MUST combine theory and practice simultaneously so people do not learn and wait for the tools to practice. The idea of learning and waiting for tools to practice amounts in some cases to not learning at all and can be more frustrating than before. As was stated by one potential participant “I have had numerous trainings and they ask me to continue training without tools to work with”.

Examples of some of the issues that shall be covered are;


Under immigration there are numerous real life examples of rural urban migration with its attendant problems of slums created in most capital cities.

The most heart breaking point is international migration where abled body men/ women die on the high seas chasing greener pastures

Debt management:

Debt creation, management and prevention is another vital topic to be covered. Once we are able to discover for ourselves the true source of creating debts we can then take steps to manage it and prevent future debts.

Individualism and Communalism:

There is a growing concern about the way development is taking place and it is essential that we bring the debate and the discussion on the path to development close to home

Unearthing and coaching young talented entrepreneurs:

Traditionally young men and women learn directly from their families and the environment to be enterprising however, this spirit is getting lost giving way to dependency asking others what can be done for them instead of taking the first necessary steps and seek support to make it work

In addition to the above topics other areas will as well receive much attention they are; Cybercrime, mobile telephone usage, domestic violence amongst others.

Thirdway’s Conflict Prevention, Mediation and Peace Education Program

A second training module under development is called dealing with conflict. This is an attempt to get the local communities and the individuals involved directly in preventing and resolving their own conflicts with or without external assistance; the emphasis would be on using local knowledge and   resources.

Other projects awaiting execution are:

Sanitation and Health Project. Building public toilets and bath houses for a small fee to maintain the operations and pay staff and build more from the process across the country especially along all the coastal towns and villages- across Ghana

Multipurpose Human Rights and Resources Centre. To be used for research and learning, conflict prevention training in the local context used by other NGOs, training and development of materials, connected with our activities, offering courses to internal and external academia etc. - to be sited in Anyako

Fish, animal husbandry and crops farming project –specifically around the old Afife irrigation rice farms area (Food security programme)

ICT Centre to be located close to a higher learning centre again this would attract a fee

Tourism project- walking, biking and boat links, cross country race- linking the 39 towns and villages of the Anlo traditional area

Ambulance services- across Ghana

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

At Third-way, we take a far broader approach to human rights than the extremely myopic one that currently prevails in the international community. Instead of prioritizing the civil and political rights of the first generation and subordinating the remainder, we believe that a holistic approach is appropriate.

We envision a society that promotes and realizes indivisible human rights, one that is aid-free (less dependence) and where local communities take responsibility for their own development.

Program History:

It all began when Djoke Haven, formerly of Amnesty International Netherlands, married Christoph Damalie, formerly a teacher and National Board member of Amnesty International Ghana. On one of their regular family holidays to Ghana, it became clear to them that they needed to do something to help the people of Ghana. As a result, in 1998, Thirdway Netherlands was created in order to promote and realize human rights in Ghana.

Realizing these goals has not been easy. However, since they considered education to be the gateway to the promotion and the realization of human rights, with the help of their families and friends enough money was gathered to start a school in the needy area of Kasoa. To realize the building of the school, it soon became imperative to have a recognized organization on the ground for the execution of projects to be carried out, hence the establishment of Thirdway Ghana in 2000

With the passage of time and the need for growth and expansion to realize their goal of indivisible human rights in Ghana, Thirdway's future expansion plans have grown from the operation of the school to include micro-credit programs; computer technology, including computer training and the provision of computers; human rights and entrepreneurship training; as well as conflict prevention and resolution training and services at the proposed Multipurpose Human Rights Center.

Virtual office in America.


Events are organized as part of the volunteer programme. This is organized with our principle of A-Z. The volunteers are involved in planning and realizing events

Additional Information:

Thirdway is an international volunteer-driven organisation that is committed to the universality and indivisibility of human rights. It strives to satisfy those rights through active, hands-on programs. With a focus on Africa, particularly Ghana, we develop projects that promote self-sustainability in education, micro-credit and human rights competency. We employ highly interactive programs requiring strong commitment at the local level to create foundations that facilitate movement beyond dependence on perpetual aid. As with many other human rights groups, our actions are based upon two firm beliefs: that all people, simply by virtue of our common humanity, have certain fundamental rights, which are indivisible and universal; and, that the totality of all human rights are closely intertwined with efforts at development and the creation of open societies. Therefore, our work revolves around the idea that the realization of civil and political rights cannot occur so long as social and economic rights are not both recognized and protected. The mother of a family may have the right to freely cast her ballot in fair elections and participate in government, but she can't fully exercise that right if she is beset by concerns of how she will afford the school fees for her children's education or how she will provide tonight's dinner. Ultimately our goal is to increase independence from the bottom up thus significantly decreasing the need for international aid organizations such as ours.