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Although we are an Italian charity, we have supporters from around the world and appreciate your interest in our work.

Coffee Beans (Chicchi di Caffe) is a not-for- profit organisation that aims to provide healthcare, safety and love to children who experience disability, domestic abuse, neglect and extreme poverty in Ghana.
Through our work with local staff and international funders we aim to provide each of our children with the opportunity to reach their potential.
Established in 2010 by Italian Physiotherapist Simona Branca, and a small group of committed funders / volunteers, we work with the Social Welfare Department and local child care staff to support children who are at risk of the greatest harms of inequality and discrimination.

Meet our magic little Beans (Chicchi)

Our staff are led by our irreplaceable social worker Awo, with support from her whole family. Meet the rest of the team.

Wherever possible, we try to support children and their parents to remain together through providing home resources, school fees and ongoing parenting support.

When family-based interventions are not possible, we provide a residential setting for children of all ages, boys and girls, to experience a safe and loving environment that nurtures their growth and development. We also offer emergency accommodation, medical aid, and support attendance in schools, based on each child’s individual needs.


All our work is funded through a small number of donations and fundraising events. You can choose to donate any amount, and we annually publish a full record of our expenses. Even a small amount makes a huge difference. We can currently receive bank transfers or PayPal donations.

Associazione Chicchi di Caffè Onlus
Legal registered address: via Invernizio 15 – 20157 – Milan – Italy

Bank Transfer
NAME: Associazione Chicchi di Caffè Onlus
TAX CODE: 97586410157
IBAN: IT10U0329601601000067034461
ADDRESS: FIDEURAM Spa, Milan Ag.1, Corso di Porta Romana 16, 20122 Milan, Italy

by entering the email: chicchidicaffeonlus7@gmail.com

Volunteer with us!

Anyone wishing to carry out voluntary activities at our centre in Ghana is welcome!

What we look for
Ideally, previous experience of being a volunteer but whatever your skills we look for maturity, flexibility and a collaborative approach to work. We accept anyone with the ability to work independently and show initiative, but above all we need people with enthusiasm and passion for making our children with and without disabilities happy and loved.

Specific skills
Professional Physiotherapists; Speech therapists or Play therapists.
People with knowledge of electrical or water systems to help us with maintenance and development.
People to help us create develop vegetable garden and maintain our outdoor space.

Application process
Please send a letter of interest to send to branca. simona (at) yahoo.it.
You should describe your experience and tell us why you would like to volunteer with Chicchi di Caffe.

Things to know
Minimum stay: 3 weeks.
Location: we are based in a rural area that operates 2-3 hours drive from the city, Accra. Transport is available by tro-tro (local bus) and taxi. The main services (hospital, police and local businesses are to 10 minutes by car). The project is based on everyone working together on the needs at that time, which may be unplanned or subject to change. Unlike large organisations we cannot therefore guarantee leisure activities or “excursions”.

A minimum fee of 500 euros is required into the charity bank account prior to your arrival.

The price includes:

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Accommodation in a en-suite single room with breakfast (tea/coffee and biscuits)
  • Electricity, gas (kitchen) fridge/freezer and local water

The price doesn’t include:

  • Round trip flight
  • Entry Visa
  • Vaccinations. You will receive a letter of participation to be delivered to your healthcare system for the exemption or reduction of international fees for vaccinations
  • Insurance, medical and accident insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch, dinner and meals outside the center or other than those proposed; the meals in the centre include a single menu (local food) for children staff and volunteers
  • All transfers in addition to airport transfers. Btw we will go to the city weekly for supplies

Every volunteer must clean their own room and the kitchen, if used.
Please note that we have two large but wonderful Boerboel dogs who are an active part and the family.

Things to do
The volunteers will take care of the children in order to promote wellbeing, safety, family cohesion and happiness. You will be drafted a plan to make sure you get the most out of your placement.

For example:

  • Help them with homework or education tasks
  • Help them prepare for bed, with washing, stories and cuddles
  • Assist them in the difficult tasks such as dressing/changing
  • Organise games which get all of them involved in all activities such as music and sports
  • Prepare and supervise snacks (coffee beans will love you for it!

For more information about volunteering please contact Lorna: CoffeeBeansLorna(at)gmail.com Lorna is based in the UK and has been volunteering for over 10 years in Ghana, and with Coffee Beans since the start.

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Chicchi di Caffe / Coffee Beans are delighted to have been supported by Newcastle Coffee Festival 2017.

To find out about this UK based event, please visit NewcastleCoffeeFestival.com