The Tarkwa Breman Center of Excellence
Cocoa360 started in 2016 with the creation of our agro-campus, called the Tarkwa Breman Center of Excellence (TBCE), in the Western Region of Ghana. The TBCE includes a girls’ school, community health clinic, and cocoa farm. At the TBCE, our team designs, implements, and evaluates interventions to improve education and health outcomes.
The Tarkwa Breman Girls’ School (TBGS) is a tuition-free primary school. Parents volunteer their labor on our TBCE cocoa farm in exchange for access to tuition-free education for their daughters. TBGS has 126 students enrolled in four grade levels, with a new class of 30 girls enrolled each September.
The TBCE’s 10-acre cocoa farm provides a dual purpose: parents volunteer to work on the community farm to provide tuition-free education for their daughters at the girls’ school, and our team is able to test Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for cocoa farming to improve crop yields.
Our community health clinic was established to address the need for access to affordable, quality healthcare. Today, our clinic provides subsidized care for the community of Tarkwa Breman and 7 nearby villages.
Cocoa360 is a community-based and community-driven initiative. We work with the Village Committee, who serves as the link between the organization and the community, to ensure that our programs are continually in line with the needs of the community.