Our Team: Ghana

Fred Awaah

In-Country Coordinator

Fred AwaahFred Awaah is our In-Country Coordinator. A native of Ghana, Fred works as interpreter, facilitator, and organizer. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, Fred is exceptionally intelligent and able to tackle a variety of jobs handed to him. One of his greatest strengths is understanding the needs of a US based non-profit while also communicating the reality of the situation on ground in Ghana. His ability to build meaningful relationships in the fishing villages on Lake Volta is priceless.

Fred is married to Rita, and they hope to start a family soon. He is actively involved with his church as well as local government in Ghana.

The Askins

In-Country Directors

Askins_webClint and Hailey Askins are part of Mercy Project’s missionary team in Ghana. They moved from Colorado to come onboard in 2013, joining our Ghanaian staff to advance relationship building and work in the fishing villages around Lake Volta.

Clint grew up in College Station, Texas and graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Youth Ministry followed by the completion of his Masters in Christian Ministry. He spent 4 years as the Lead Youth Minister at Littleton Church of Christ in Colorado. Originally from Littleton, Hailey has a degree in Human Services through the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Married in early 2012, the Askins enjoy outdoor activities of hiking and biking, traveling, and time with friends and family. Clint and Hailey are gifted with Kingdom hearts and are great assets to the team.

The Dennises

In-Country Support

dennis family_webChad & Kara are part of Mercy Project’s missionary team in Ghana. They moved from the Austin area in June of 2015 to join the Askins in helping to advance work in the fishing villages.

Chad graduated from the UNT Police Academy in 1996, spent several years as an investigator and also has many years experience working with fish and running his own business. Kara attended Lipscomb and Abilene Christian University in the field of education and loves teaching and mentoring children. Married since 2001, the Dennises have 3 amazing children: Hannah, Jackson, and Simon. They enjoy movies, games nights, and new adventures as a family and are all gifted with servant hearts.

John Patrick Atampugre

Lead Field Worker

jp_webJohn Patrick (JP) Atampugre is a Field Worker in Ghana for Mercy Project. The son of an Anglican priest and a kindergarten teacher, JP grew up witnessing what a life of service looks like. He has a tremendous heart for others as well as a remarkable ability to connect with the rural fishing villages on Lake Volta.

JP graduated from the Tamale Poly-Tech Institute in Ghana with a degree in Management Studies. He also received a minor degree in Micro Finance. He is the vice president of the local Anglican Young People’s Association and enjoys playing soccer, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with his friends when he’s not working.

Francis Osei Bonsu

Head of Development

Francis_webFrancis is our Head of Development in Ghana, assisting the in-country team with village communications. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Development Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University as well as a Diploma Certificate in Community Development. Francis has previously worked as an Assistant Project Officer for the Centre for the Development of People in Kumasi.

Francis brings a fresh perspective of community development and advocacy to the team and enjoys playing soccer, spending time with kids, reading, and traveling when not at work.

Samuel Quarcoo

Lead Social Worker

sam_webSamuel Quarcoo is our Lead Social Worker in Ghana. Samuel is a talented young man who grew up in Ghana’s capital city of Accra, and he handles all aspects of our child reintegration and family monitoring work. Samuel’s degree is in Social Work with an emphasis on community development and child rights. He is immensely gifted with people, and all of the children we work with love him.

When Samuel is not working, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music and watching movies, and solving puzzles.

Cynthia Nartey

Social Worker

Cynthia_webCynthia Nartey is one of our Social Workers in Ghana. She is an accomplished young woman who lives in the Greater Accra region of Ghana, and works with Mercy Project’s rescued child reintegration and family monitoring. Cynthia has served as a Women’s Commissioner, worked in the Department of Social Welfare, and studied Guidance and Counseling at the University of Education. She is personable, talented, and brings great expertise to our Ghanaian team.

When Cynthia is not working, she enjoys cooking, dancing, listening to music and reading.

Rosemary Appiah-Okyere

Social Worker

rosemary_webRosemary is one of our Social Workers and oversees a region of our reintegrated children and families in Ghana. She completed social work schooling in 2011 and furthered her University of Education studies in Guidance and Counseling. Rose has worked with the Department of Social Welfare in Asankrangwa and is a great resource to our team in Ghana.

Rosemary is gifted in singing and music and loves to travel.

Winifred Amramah

Social Worker

winifred_webWini is one of our Social Workers and oversees a region of our reintegrated children and families in Ghana. She went to the University for Development Studies in the Upper West Region of Wa, Ghana and graduated with a degree in Integrated Community Development. A great asset to our Ghana staff, Wini is never without a smile.

Wini loves to travel, listen to music, and take pictures in her free time.

John Kenya

Social Worker

john-kenya_webJohn is part of our Social Work team in Ghana, specifically working as an Investigations Specialist in new partnership villages. The son of a church pastor and trader, John brings a unique skill set to the work of Mercy Project. He graduated from the University of Education with a diploma in Rehabilitation and degree in Community Based Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Previously, John worked in the Department of Social Welfare and the Ghana Health Service.

John is the Youth Committee Chairman of Promise Divine Ministries and is married to Benedicta with 2 children. He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and listening to music.