We have made the decision to close the Tonhon Health Center project for the following reason: Randgold Resources Limited, a multinational gold mining and exploration company that extract gold in the village of Tonhon, built a small health center in December 2013 and plans to build a small maternity by the end of 2014.

Though we appreciate the health clinic gift from Rangold Resources Limited, which came after years of pressure from Empowering The Poor and the villagers of Tonhon, it is worth noting that the health clinic provides very basic health services and lacks adequate medical equipment and medicines. Furthermore, villagers complain about the high cost per visit (US $1, 50 per visit), which they found too expensive and unaffordable.

Empowering The Poor plans to upgrade the health clinic with medical supplies, medicines, and an equipped ambulance in the near future.


UPCOMING PROJECT-HAOUSSABOUGOU LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER                                                                                                                       korhogo, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa

Mission: to build, equip, and operate Haoussabougou Resource Learning Center in Korhogo, Cote d’Ivoire, to provide educational resources to age-school children, health literacy to adults, and to eradicate literacy desert in the town of Korhogo and surrounding villages.

The Haoussabougou Resource Learning Center will include:

  • 4 equipped classrooms: white and blackboards, single student desks (20 per class), and one computer, projector, and a screen.
  • A special education department: diagnose and educate students with disabilities who are left behind and marginalized. Special education does not exist in Cote d’Ivoire and in most African countries. Students with disabilities (learning, emotional, physical, Intellectual, etc.) are simply not educated.
  • An equipped library: There is a literacy desert across Africa, which perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty. There are no public libraries in Korhogo, Cote d’Ivoire. There is one (1) library in the entire country, which is located in the capital city, Abidjan.
  • A small computer center
  • Three small meeting rooms, 3 small offices, one small cafeteria
  • 6 restrooms (3 for women and 3 for men)

Project Outline: The fundraising efforts will start on December 1st, 2015. Project details will be available on November 15th, 2015.