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Ghana Children's Fund (GCF) is a tax exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and needy children in Odupong-Ofaakor, Bentum, and other small villages in southwest Ghana.  GCF​ was started by the Tuttle family of New Canaan, CT, USA, in 2010. 


In 2007, Lisa Tuttle made her first visit to the Ghana as a volunteer. She fell in love with the children of the Ofaakor and the surrounding villages, and vowed to help them improve their lives.  With the help of her husband, David, and the tremendous generosity of their donors, GCF has impacted over 500 children at the Good Shepherd School and Orphanage and the surrounding community. 

Infrastructure Projects (2007-2010)

  • Digging of a well so the children have clean, safe drinking water

  • Construction of a kitchen and dining hall at the orphanage

  • Construction of an 8-classroom school building

  • Purchase of a school bus

  • Construction of a large chicken coop and purchase of chickens to provide eggs for the children, as well as a source of income for the orphanage

Scholarship Program (2012-2018)

  • Over 100 students so far have received scholarships to attend a private Senior High School. (Room, board, tuition, books and all expenses.)

  • 17 students have received scholarships for 2 or 4-year university degrees. (Room, board, tuition, books and all expenses.)

  • 26 students have attended vocational training programs in fields such as graphic design, website design, auto mechanics, broadcasting and hair styling. 


Transition to Self-Sufficient Living as an Adult

  • Providing our students with mentoring and guidance in their job search.

  • Helping them financially as needed to begin their job. (Appropriate work clothing, tools, laptops, living arrangements, transportation costs.)

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