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  • How We Work
    How We Work

    How We Work

    CCFC empowers communities to create a safe place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play so they can achieve their full potential.

Focus on Children

Children are at the centre of all we do.

We are a child-centred international development organization. We protect and improve the lives of children by helping them realize their basic human rights. Inspiring adults and children to work together is key to positive, lasting change.

We empower communities to create a safe place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play

Child Focus Ghana 1
Child Focus Ghana 2

Our Impact

In Ghana...

Sponsored children: 7,848

Beneficiaries: 87,095

Local partners: 5

Programs: 9

Communities: 60

Where We Work

Ghana Map
Tamale
Country Office Headquarters
Choggu Block VI Off Bolga Road Behind IPA/Gariba Lodge Naa Luro Estate P. O. Box 1151 Tamale, Northern Region Ghana, West Africa
Gushegu
Savelugu
Yendi
Bimbilla
Gonja East
Tolon
Sagnarigu
Accra

We help families support the healthy growth and development of children from infancy through childhood to adolescence and young adulthood

Life Stages

Children experience poverty differently from adults. Their age, inexperience, lack of political and economic power, and dependence on others, make them particularly vulnerable to abuse. 

We empower children to know their rights, be active participants in their community, and use their voice and talents for change.

 

Implementation Through Partners

We are proud of our work with local, Canadian and international partners to change the lives of children. Partners help make our programs possible.

We partner with governments, NGOs, community-based organizations, academic institutions and child, youth and women's groups

Ghana partners 1
Ghana Partners 2

Community Development Across Sectors

Our work helps communities be safer and healthier places for children to grow and develop using a holistic approach across multiple sectors and needs.

We partner with communities to improve access to medical care, nutritious food and clean water; eliminate barriers to education; create new sources of income; and empower local community groups to lead their own positive change.

CCFC achievements in Ghana (for the fiscal year-ending March 31, 2016):

16,359

people have been reached by health-awareness campaigns

6,927

children have been enrolled to receive nutritional/food rations

 

11,025 children have received an annual health checkup

Health
and Nutrition

Investing in healthcare and nutrition means better health for children, improved school attendance, greater life expectancy and fewer childhood deaths.

 

53

sanitation facilities, such as latrines or toilets, have been built or improved

5

clean water sources have been built or improved
1,146 volunteers or committee members have been trained in water, sanitation and hygiene management

Water,
Sanitation
and Hygiene

Investing in safe drinking water and sanitation means CCFC can help reduce disease and sickness, shortening the time it takes to get water for cooking and cleaning — time children can better spend in school.

Kande's small, rural community in the Northern Region of Ghana was in desperate need of a clean water supply. CCFC provided her community with a rainwater-harvesting tank. It's a simple piece of equipment, but it gives her community clean water and frees the children from life-threatening waterborne illnesses.

For most of her young life, Kande’s only source of drinking water was a makeshift dugout far from her home. The water was smelly, dirty and contaminated with bacteria and parasites. She knew it was making her sick, but she had no alternative. Now, Kande has access to clean water.

22,853

children and youth have received educational supplies

24,301

children and youth participated in extra- or co-curricular activities
43,487 students, parents, teachers, community leaders and more have been reached by awareness-raising campaigns

Education

Investing in education means creating opportunities for the future. It also helps children grow confidently and know their rights — making them less vulnerable to violence and exploitation and better prepared to be leaders in their community.

"I don't know what my life would have been like without the support of CCFC," says Asana. For a girl like Asana, getting an education in Nyanshegu, one of the poorest communities in the region where she grew up, seemed impossible.

Culturally, educating girls has not been a priority for local families. Instead, the younger females in the family would spend hours collecting water.

Even with the odds stacked against her, Asana persevered. Today, with the support of her family and sponsor, she is a community health nurse who dreams of earning a degree. "I am particularly grateful to my sponsor for his wonderful support and the encouragement he gave to me," says Asana.

With the help of donors, CCFC supports programs in Ghana to address issues that keep girls out of school. Some of those programs include:

• The extension of pipes to provide potable water, which saves time girls spend travelling far for a water source, giving them the chance to go to school

• Public awareness and education on the importance of educating girls and protecting them through child sponsorship. With ongoing support, they are progressing from primary to secondary school.

 

5,883

individuals have benefited from income-generating activities

1,955

community members have been trained in collaboration and advocacy

Sustainable Economic Growth

Helping adolescents, youths and adults build small businesses and participate in basic skills-training means children develop greater confidence and self-esteem, and parents can provide for their children long after we leave to help another community.

"Paying for the school fees, health centre visits and medicines for my children, there was never enough money. It was hard," admits Fuseina Salifu, a hardworking, mother-of-three. The family was struggling even though both parents worked as farmers.

A few ago, Fuseina enrolled in a CCFC program, and since then she has been a member of the Suglo Nbuori Buni Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) group, based in Sandu, Ghana.

"Since I joined the CCFC MED program, I have received loans that I have used towards my business. I have expanded my harvest by 50 percent. Along with loans, I have also received training to enhance my farming skills and income-generating activities,” says Fuseina.

With the help of this program, Fuseina and her family can now afford clinic visits, sufficient food to eat and school fees for their children.

 

1,094

children and youth have been trained in children's rights and responsibilities, leadership skills, group management skills and more

1,126

community members now belong to new child/youth groups
490 parents, guardians and community members have been trained in child rights and protection

Strengthening
Community
Organizations

Community members and organizations that work together can achieve positive and lasting change. Empowered communities are safer places for children to grow, laugh, learn and play.

In Zogu, a region around Tamale, local residents have volunteered to make the bricks for the construction of a local health centre. This is part of a child-sponsorship program supported by CCFC donors, and our Ghanaian partner, the Tuma Kavi Development Association.

The biggest health threat for children and adults in this community is waterborne illnesses such as dysentery and guinea-worm disease. Water sources are contaminated and the community has no other options. Soon, though, that will change.

CCFC programs are helping to provide new and improved water facilities to help prevent guinea-worm disease in children.

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