DESCRIPTION OF PROJECTS REALISED IN THE SCOPE OF PROGRAMMES
ORGANIC VEGETABLES PRODUCTION PROJECT
Project duration: January 2015 – December 2015
Donor: The Ghanaman Community Reinvestment Grant Trust Fund
Approved funds: 20,000 Ghana cedis
CIAHT carried out dried season Organic production project in four communities in the Tolon and Savulgu /Nanton districts respectively funded by Ghannaman Trust fund. The direct target beneficiaries of this Project were 160 marginalized women. That is, 40 women each from the most vulnerable households in the below mentioned communities; Gbulahigu, Tibung, Gbunjogla and Golinga and the indirect beneficiaries were uncountable since it was anticipated the trickle effect covered everybody in the beneficiary communities.
The project was designed to cover four deprived and the most vulnerable communities to Kayaayo in the North. They were Gbulahigu andTibung in the Tolon as well as Gbunjogla and Golinga in the Savulgu /Nanton districts of the northern region.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE PROJECT
Duration: 2015 – 2016
Donor: Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA)
Approved Funds: 22,148 US Dollars
The main aim of the Project is to create public awareness on the harmful effects associated with the practice of child marriage- a phenomenon which is heavily practiced in the Nanumba North and South districts in this era of the time. This clearly violates the rights and dignity of the girl child and hence CIAHT put in place anti-child marriage clubs in ten Junior High Schools and Two Senior High Schools in other to address this issue.
Objectives of the Project:
1. To create awareness on the harmful effects associated with child marriage.
2. Equip five hundred (500) girls with knowledge on their rights.
3. Form and inaugurate three hundred (300) anti-child marriage membership clubs in twelve schools.
Major activities of the Project:
The under listed activities have been advanced to support the effective implementation of the project;
1. To create awareness on the harmful effects associated with child marriage
- Stakeholders workshops
- Radio discussions (Air Times)
- Community durbars
- Life social drama
CARE FOR ORPHANS AND THE UNDERPRIVILEGED
Project duration: September 2014 – September 2015
Donor: Orphan Heroes International USA
Approved Funds: Gh¢7,000.00
The main aim of the project was to recognize orphan and the underprivileged children in to a strong force in Tolon district. Their educational needs were taken care of and those of them who were also interested in learning trade were assigned to vocational schools (sewing, carpentry& masonry, start a small scale trading enterprise).
- To provide scholarship to needy but brilliant orphans.
- To provide trade for orphan and the underprivileged children who are not in school.
- To provide learning materials for orphans and the underprivileged children.
- Registered orphan children.
- Registered underprivileged children.
- Registered orphan children who were in school.
- Registered underprivileged children who were not in school.
- Offered scholarship to orphan/ underprivileged children who were in school.
- Assigned orphan/ underprivileged children who were not in school to vocational centers to learn trade.
- Monitored their performance in the schools.
INTERATED GENDER, SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/RIGHTS
Project duration: July 2014 – July 2015
Donor: Hope for Children (HFC) UK
Approved Funds: Gh¢15,000.00
PURPOSE OF GRANT
The main purpose of the grant was to create a supportive and enabling environment for the reduction of gender base-violence and discrimination and improved socio-economic status of women and girls in the target communities, to confidently exercise their fundamental human rights and freedoms. Enhance their capacity to enable them make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health rights without fear or intimidation from any sector of society.
Three day training workshop in legal literacy, sexual and reproductive health and family planning counseling skills for community based family welfare service providers.
The three day training workshop was organized for twenty-four family welfare service providers from the target communities.
The purpose of the workshop was to enhance knowledge and skills of family welfare service providers in gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, legal literacy and reproductive health counseling skills
- Introduction to sexual and reproductive and components
- Anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system
- Understanding menstruation and pregnancy
- Safe motherhood pregnancy and childcare
- Teenage pregnancy/unsafe abortion
- Male sexual and reproductive health issues
- Male involvement in sexual and reproductive health/family planning
- STI’s/HIV and AIDS
- Gender and HIV/AIDS
- Rational for family planning/family planning methods
- Gender roles and responsibilities
- Fundamental human rights
- The rights of Ghanaian woman
- Communication/counseling skill practice
- Family planning counseling skills
- Facilitation skills etc…
- Communities develop the capacity and awareness about preventive health and adopting lifestyles that avoid diseases and ailments.
- Maternal health related cases are completely eliminated.
- Infant and child related health problems are completely eliminated.
- Trained on safe motherhood delivery.
- Trained and awareness created on good nutrition and basic hygiene for women.
- Trained women and men on sexual and reproductive health.
- Provided TBAs with basic equipment and supplies.
- Established relationships between the TBAs and health centres for referral purposes.
- Provided counseling training for ante natal and post natal care for TBAs
PROJECT’S NAME: Campaign Against human trafficking in Northern Ghana
CURRENT STRATEGY ADOPTED IN THE CAMPAIGN:
Formation of Anti-human /child trafficking clubs in basic and senior high schools.
This is a progress report on the campaign against human/child trafficking in nine (9) district of the Northern region of Ghana.
SCOPE OF THE PROJECT:
The project covers eight (8) districts in the northern region of Ghana. That is: Kumbungu, East Gonja, Tolon, Savelugu-Naton, Tamale Metro, Sagnerigu municipal, Central Gonja, Nanunba North and South, districts. We operate in six (6) schools in each of the district. That is, five (5) junior and one (1) senior high schools.
TARGETS ACHIEVED IN THE FIRST QUARTER
Distribution of letters:
Letters were distributed to:
- Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Chief executives,
- Directors of Ghana education service/Departments of social welfare,
- Commission on Human Rights and Administration Justice (CHRAJ),
- Ghana Police service anti-human trafficking unit,
- Department of Gender, women and children protection, to create their awareness about our intentions of lunching a massive crusade against human/child trafficking in their areas of jurisdiction.
Approval of letters:
Approval has to be given before we could then move to the field, especially from Ghana Education Service since the operational schools fall under its ambit. Hence, series of follow-ups were made to ensure that they hasten up with the approvals since no school would accommodates us without an authenticated letter from their superiors.
Visit to schools:
After the approval letters were obtained from the various directors of education, another set of letters were written from our outfit, attached to the approval from Ghana education service and distributed to the various individual schools in the districts. Hence upon receipt of these letters by the those individual schools, they then invited CIAHT at what time they deem appropriate to make a presentation to the entire student body, so that interested individuals who want to be part of the membership will then be enlisted as club members.
Content of message to student body:
Students were educated on what human trafficking is about, the three constituent elements of trafficking such as the ACT (what is done), the MEANS (how is it done) as well as the PURPOSE (why it is done). Presenters also cited stories of trafficked victims to consolidate their claims of why it is inhuman and called on students to be alert in their various communities. They were also told to serve as watch dogs in their various communities against this practice. The practice of searching for non existing jobs down south known as “kayaye” was equally discourage, since it finally leads to human/child trafficking.
What to achieve in the next Quarter:
The project team could not execute what we intended to achieve during the first quarter as a result of challenges which were beyond our control. As such, we envisage covering the rest of the schools which could not be covered. Thus, all schools in East Gonja, Savelugu –Nanton Municipal and Central Gonja District as well. We also planned making follow up visits to club schools for inauguration and further discussions on the issue at stake. We also intended carrying out community durbars to sensitize the communities about the dangers associated with human/child trafficking.
Challenges encountered with during the first quarter:
The major challenge was obtaining approval especially from the education directorate in almost all the districts which indeed derailed the smooth running of the project as a result of the usual lackadaisical attitudes being exhibited at the public sector in Ghana. We indeed did not get things easy, but in the end we managed and had some.
Next issue was the break for the Senior and Junior high schools. With that, one could not do much than to wait for their resumption.
Last but not the least, was honorarium for the project staff, since it would be very difficult assigning a task to a hungry man to execute. Under normal circumstances, even if he agrees to execute the task assigned to him, he might not be able to execute it to the optimum, since a hungry man is an angry man.
In conclusion, even though we were encountered with some challenges, it could not deter us from making progress. Hence, we actually chalked a lot of successes in campaigning against human/child trafficking in some selected Junior and Senior high schools.