Ghana School Bicycle Project
July 2018 – March 2019
In rural Ghana, bicycles are an affordable way to get around. Sadly, they’re a luxury in rural communities where children need them to travel to school, which is usually far away. This leads to illiteracy due to high dropout rates and lower school attendance. This project provided 275 schoolchildren in the Northern Region of Ghana with bicycles. The gifts are making it easier for students to get to school on time, and it’s reducing the dropout rate.
January 2017 - May 2018
The Accelerating Communities’ Capacities for Essential Services and Self-reliance (ACCESS) project was delivered to speed access to clean water and education while also improving sanitation/hygiene, nutrition and livelihood development, especially for women and girls in two communities in the Northern Region of Ghana. More specifically, inadequate schools were improved with the addition of new classrooms; a solar-powered borehole was also built and 50 farmers were trained in dry-season gardening. The project directly benefited more than 1,500 people, including more than 1,000 children.
September 2016 - September 2017
In Ghana, access to Free Compulsory Basic Education is a constitutional right. Yet, many Ghanaian children from rural communities don’t attend school due to the cost, failing infrastructure and other challenges — instead many work. That’s why the Transforming Destiny project (TRADE) rescued four children from child labour. Now, they’re enrolled in school and have school uniforms, textbooks, exercise books, pens/pencils, school bags and bicycles to ride to school. The students’ caregivers also have capital and equipment to start and expand their businesses so they can support the children’s education.
Community-driven solutions for preventing the incidence of violence against children
June 2016 - August 2017
During this project, four districts in the Northern Region of Ghana benefited from open discussion about child-protection issues — such as gender-based violence and child marriage. In fact, more than 900 students and members of approximately 20 clubs led peer discussions about the importance of reporting cases of discrimination, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, especially among girls. Meanwhile, more than 4,600 adults, including 115 community leaders from more than 20 communities, were involved in similar conversations. As a result, child marriages are being prevented and at least one school has set up a taskforce of high-school graduates to monitor child safety.
Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE)
April 2016 - March 2020
The $7.7-million Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda through an integrated approach focusing on health-service delivery and utilization as well as improved nutrition. It promotes respectful and supportive maternity care as well as mother and baby-friendly environments. It also fosters engagement by fathers and ensures supportive supervision for new mothers. The initiative is being implemented through a consortium led by the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada in partnership with ADRA Canada and Emmanuel International Canada.