This project will return and give integrated vocational and life skills training to 30 vulnerable girls from Northern Ghana working as head porters and sleeping in the streets of Accra and Kumasi. It will also provide start-up package for the girls upon completion of the skills training.
High incidence of poverty and lack of work opportunities in the Northern Region of Ghana have forced many young girls to migrate to Accra and Kumasi to wander on the bustling streets and markets to work as head porters in order to fend for themselves. Ghana Statistical Service puts the poverty incidence in Northern Region at 61.1% as compared with 23.4 % for the whole of Ghana. This project will change the lives of 30 girls struggling to make a living in the cities.
GDCA provides integrated vocational and life skills training to vulnerable girls. The training include dressmaking, hairdressing, soap making, bead making and fabric weaving, packaging, marketing, customer relations, basic literacy and financial management. They also learn good practices like personal and menstrual hygiene, good nutrition using local food ingredients, family planning and home management. The girls are empowered to earn sustainable income and take good care of themselves.
The project will provide livelihood support to 30 vulnerable young girls who will be empowered to break the poverty cycle in their families, have a healthy lifestyle. They will also become role models in their respective communities to offer similar support to other vulnerable girls by transferring the skills acquired to them. This will prevent other vulnerable girls from migrating to Accra and Kumasi to work as head porters.