These milestones have marked the evolution and establishment of the Cocoa360 model through conceptualization to actualization. The path to achieving these milestones have allowed us to engage with and understand the communities that we serve.
Shadrack is awarded Penn’s President Engagement Prize
Formation of Village Committee
2 Boreholes drilled for community
Construction of Kindergarten School Block & Clinic completed
First harvest of 5 - acre community farm
Installation of solar panels on clinic and school buildings
Sarpong Community Library constructed
First harvest and profit of 10-acre community
Electricity Connection to National Grid and Distribution of power across campus
Cocoa360 Model published as a book chapter in The Research Handbook for Community Development
Yes, our feasibility study was conducted by researchers from Google and the Wharton School. You can view the study at the following here.
2 School, clinic and a farm. Aren't you doing too much?
We don’t think so. Our model is holistic and cyclical in nature. In order to achieve long-lasting sustainability, we’ve created a model that tackles issues at the root and also provides sustainable sources of recurring funding.
3Why does the TBCE’s school focus on girls?
We focus on young girls because they are the most vulnerable to health behavior risks. Our school is our disease prevention arm – underpinning our curriculum is a focus on health literacy. We do extend our curriculum to boys during our annual co-ed summer school.
4 Is your model scalable?
Our model can be adapted to any rural farming community, regardless of the cash crop in question. While effective in Ghana, our model is not limited to Tarkwa Breman. Our model will be implemented into two partner communities starting in 2019.