International Needs Ghana (INGH) has organized sensitization meetings with the members of the community child labour committee members in Vome and Adidokpoe on child protection and the relevance of education to the child, family, community and the nation as a whole.
This was followed by the identification and selection of children at risk to trafficking for placements in school. In all 20 children were identified for placement into schools. They were profiled and prepared for enrollment into school when the new academic year begins in September 2012.
The project has focusses on only two communities as a result of funding constraints. These are Vome and Adidopkoe all in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region of Ghana. These communities are located in an area where children are trafficked from and sent to the Volta Lake communities where they are exploited for labour purposes. They are denied their right to education, protection from harm and in fact their childhood is virtually destroyed.
Once the children in the pictures are placed in school and supported with educational materials, the first step towards their protection is achieved. The next step is to continue working with the child protection committee members and the entire communities to ensure that they remain in school. This will give the children a new vista to life and broaden their horizon. The children are also being empowered to understand and assert their rights.
International Needs Ghana is also working with community members to support parents who are able to track trafficked children and bring them back to the community to be enrolled in school.
During this quarter all the seven communities were entered and and the schools in these communities identified. The communities are Degorme, Aveyime, Vome, Volo, Dadome, Adudornu and Adidokpoe. 68 children were profiled to be enrolled in schools in their communities. The ages of these children ranges from six years to 18 years. Most of the children profiled need school uniforms, school supplies and school levies to be enrolled in the schools. Another major need across the communities was footwear for school. The health needs of these children was also manifest as many of them had sores on different parts of their bodies.
The profiles also revealed that most of the children are working children in sand winning, oyster shell mining, fishing, charcoal burning, basket weaving and cattle herding. These work forms carry major risks to these children. They work for about four to five hours a day.
Many like Simon from Aveyime from complained of various body pains, when asked if there is any health needs stated he has headaches, and which may be from the excessive work on the farm. According to him, he was also a cowboy from age seven for six years.
Meet Eric, 16 years old boy from Adidokpoe community who lives with his grandmother. He dropped out of school when he was in class 2, because he was sent to Afram Plains to help his brother with fishing on the Volta Lake. He came back in 2009 to continue school. He does not come to school regularly due to frequent sickness. During profiling he informed the team member profiling him, he needed medical care for stomach pains. On weekends and during the holidays, Eric works in Oster shell mining to earn money to put himself through school. As a result of the Oster winning, Eric suffers from cuts of the shell of the Oster on his legs and hands. The most interestingand heartwarming thing was Eric informed the officer his competency is learning and he want to be a doctor when he grows up. The question is, will he be able to complete his education to reach this level in life? The answer is certainly no. He therefore needs our support to keep him in school.
REPORT ON PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER
(NOVEMBER 2011 – JANUARY 2012)
The project was posted on GlobalGiving Foundation platform in November 2011 andInternational Needs Ghana (INGH) is once again grateful to all who supportedand provided funds during the Winter 2011 Challenge of the GlobalGivingFoundation. This report covers activities implemented in the first quarter ofthe project.
During the period under review INGH participated in the Winter Challenge and raised anamount of USD4,515.00. GlobalGiving Foundation has wired this money to INGH, wehope to receive it in the next couple of days to swing into full scale projectimplementation.
Finalization of Community Selection
International Needs Ghana (INGH) has finalized the selection of the seven projectcommunities. These are Vome, Volo, Mepe Degorme, Aveyime, Dadome, Adudornu andAdidokpoe. All the communities are in the North Tongu District of the VoltaRegion of Ghana. These communities are located in areas where traffickers aretaking advantage of established migratory routes to traffic children to fishingcommunities along the Volta Lake. These children are then exploited for labourpurposes in fishing on the lake.
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