Who we are
The Ad Astra Foundation is a youth-led non-profit organization that aims to bring greater educational equity to children and youth in rural communities in the Northern Region of Ghana. Inspired by its founders’ (and other members’) lived experiences with insufficient access to education opportunities, the Ad Astra Foundation responds to the needs of local communities and centers community collaboration. We use a social justice perspective that centers decolonization to raise funds and create learning opportunities in rural communities in Ghana.
The Ad Astra Foundation responds to social inequalities in rural Ghanaian communities through scholarships, mentorship, book donations, and the creation of libraries and community learning centers. Through educational opportunities, we aim to empower young students to understand and navigate the systems they are embedded in on their own terms.
Our vision is to help create a society where all children have fair and equal access to educational opportunities and outcomes.
We believe that education is a fundamental human right. Parallel histories of colonialism and poor governance have created educational disadvantages for children in rural communities in Ghana. We work to respond to these inequalities through social justice informed interventions aimed towards decolonizing education.
Message from the board chair
Thank you for your interest in the Ad Astra Foundation. In many parts of the world children walk several hours to access educational opportunities such as formal schooling, libraries, etc. We hope to ease the burden of such children through scholarships, book donations, and the creation of libraries and community learning centers. Please consider donating to our foundation or volunteering with us as a first step in our ongoing efforts to reduce educational inequalities and inequities. Our work is informed by social justice motivations and a desire to work in partnership with rural communities and local governments. We believe that formal education is a fundamental human right and that working with children and youth through our interventions would help ease social suffering and strategically position beneficiaries to be agents of change and community improvement.