Our Team: Ghana

Kofi & Ali Nyarko

In-Country Directors

Kofi and Ali are part of Mercy Project’s mission team in Ghana. They first met in Ghana, where Ali spent time teaching and volunteering. In 2017, they joined the staff to advance relationship building and work in the fishing villages around Lake Volta.

Ali was born and raised in Ohio where she graduated with her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University. She was then admitted into Teach for America and spent three years teaching in Charleston, South Carolina where she completed her Masters in Global Studies in Education. Kofi was born and raised in Ghana, where he obtained his degree in Population and Health. Upon graduation, Kofi worked at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. A few years after meeting Ali, Kofi moved to the United States where the two were married. In the U.S., Kofi worked at the Medical University of South Carolina and volunteered as a research assistant at the Family Services Research Center. Kofi and Ali knew that someday they would move back to Ghana to serve and give back to Kofi’s home country and a place that Ali has come to know and love.

The Nyarkos enjoy outdoor activities, running, soccer (Kofi is an accomplished coach and player!), reading, and trying out new foods. They are an incredibly joyful couple – a gift to the work in Ghana.

John Patrick Atampugre

Lead Field Worker

jp_webJohn Patrick (JP) Atampugre is our Lead Field Worker in Ghana. 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.

Abass Nantogmah

Field Worker

Abass is one of our Field Workers in Ghana. He is a native of Bimbilla and earned his degree in Sociology and Social Work. In the past, he has worked with The Ghana Federation of the Disabled, the Social Welfare Department, and as a teacher. He is passionate about the welfare of children and the marginalized in society. Abass enjoys playing football and watching news during his leisure time.

Isaac Danquah

Field Worker

Isaac is one of our Field Workers in Ghana. He hails from the Eastern Region and holds a Bachelor of Art in Rural and Community Development from Presbyterian University College, Ghana. He worked as national service personnel at the Community Development Unit of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and volunteered to be part of their youth and children based programs at the end of his national service. He is passionate about working with the marginalized and deprived communities and loves to put smiles on the faces of others.