My name is Joke Jaspers. After finishing my university degree I first wanted to do something new, something exciting before getting myself into the seriousness of work and life. So I started looking for some voluntary work in Africa. It didn’t take long to decide. On the 3rd of November 2010 I went to Ghana for six months. I was supposed to go to an orphanage at the sea cost, but I ended up in a school in Esaase, a small village near Kumasi in Central Ghana.

Mr. Boateng, my host father, however, asked me if I wanted to teach in another school. His daughter  Emelia started a new school in Asuadei three weeks before I arrived and they could use some help. So I initially started in class one as a teacher and when we had enough local teachers, I became the tutor and sports teacher. During my six months in Asuadei, I already decided that I wanted to keep supporting Emelia’s project. Emelia and her family became my family and my heart stayed in Asuadei. I promised them my lifetime support. “Akwaaba Asuadei” was born.

In November 2013 Kim Van Genechten joined me on my yearly visits to Asuadei. She was already interested in the project and was already supporting our school. But she wanted to see for herself. After a few days of adjustment, she started to love the land and the people just as I do. She decided to join me in the project and I was happy to accept this proposition.



In September 2014 we decided to join forces with A.M.I.E. , a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of disadvantaged children. By cooperating we can take our project to a higher level. Feel free to take a look on their website:


Since November 2014 we can also count on Ree Symoens. Ree has been involved with our project since the beginning and was always ready to help us at our events and markets. It was therefore more than logical that she would officially become part of our team. In 2019 she went to Asuadei for the first time.



Akwaaba Asuadei’s main occupation is to support Emelia by giving advice in current projects and problems, raising funds, assisting in controlling the budgets, set up individual sponsorships for students and support in any other way possible. For sure we also check-up on all what is going on.  Almost every day we talk to Emelia trough WhatsApp and every month we receive an evaluation from our headmaster. We also try to visit the school once a year

For sure we can count on the support from a lot of volunteers who do their very best during our activities.