Center for Rural Improvement Services

About CRIS Ghana

Centre for Rural Improvement Services (CRIS) is a non-governmental organization formed in 1998 to improve the living standards of poor, marginalized, and disadvantaged segments of society living in West Gonja, one of Ghana’s most poverty-stricken areas.

Here at CRIS Ghana, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 1998, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment and progress.

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. CRIS Ghana emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.

CRIS has worked on a variety of issues, such as securing portable water sources, training local women in water administration and management, running campaigns focused on community sanitation and sustainability, and assisting with the formation of women farming groups and women-led savings and loan associations.

Some objectives include ensuring that 80% of girls complete junior high school (with particular emphasis on teenage mothers) as well as creating educational programs for teenagers who do not have access to qualified teaching. 


At CRIS Ghana, we take pride in being problem solvers who are not afraid to take risks. We believe that with boldness, creativity and heart, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. But above all, our strength lies in teamwork. Each and every one of us has the capability to contribute no matter their experience or background. With this strength behind us, just imagine what we can achieve together.