Brothers And Sisters In Christ Serving (B.A.S.I.C.S International) is a faith based not for profit located in Ghana, West Africa.  B A S I C S International ( USA) is a registered 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.   Founded by Pat Wilkins in 2000, BASICS provides education and resources to impoverished communities in Ghana.

BASICS believes in sustainable development; using education to empower communities to rise out of poverty and achieve social equality. The key to permanent change is not to provide ‘aid,’ but rather to share our wealth, information and resources to those less fortunate. By arming our brothers and sisters with information, they are able to demand what they need from their leaders; better education, sanitation, working conditions, gender equality, social equality and accountability.

BASICS was founded on Christian beliefs, but is committed to helping all regardless of their religious beliefs or race.

B.A.S.I.C.S is a registered 501(C)(3) in the USA and recognized as a NGO in Ghana, with its headquarters in New York.

Where it began

BASICS was founded in 2000 when Pat Wilkins stumbled into Chorkor. Read the story of how a girl changed her life.


The Beginning

Where we work

Chorkor is an overcrowded slum in Accra’s capital. Read more about the community we are helping.




BASICS is working to empower the community of Chorkor and other areas in Ghana, through investing in education and providing holistic services to children.


Our school sponsorship program provides financial support to families who would not otherwise be able to send their children to school.


Our social intervention program provides tutoring, mentorship, support and love to children sponsored, ensuring they get the attention and resources they need in order to be successful at school, and beyond.


We engage in community outreach in Chorkor to find out what the community is lacking, and how we can best provide services to support the education of the children that live there


Women face more barriers then men when stepping out of poverty, and are more likely to lift others out of poverty with them. This makes investing in women a powerful model of change. Our Increasing Girl Access program address issues faced by girls in Chorkor, including identifying girls at the highest-risk of child labour and trafficking, and providing them a safe, healthy and nurturing environment in which to learn

Read more about our projects here