West Gonja Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

Community members started 10 new savings groups with our help, bringing the total number of savings groups to 70. The savings groups provided more than 1,700 people with interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. Gari, a popular local food made from cassava roots, is an important source of income for many people in the area. We trained and equipped 40 people to more effectively market and brand their gari products, contributing to an increase in the market value of gari in some areas. 50 peer educators trained by World Vision reached 500 children with age-appropriate information on HIV prevention, stressing the importance of abstinence and faithfulness. 568 women attended our hands-on nutrition demonstrations, where they learned how to combat malnutrition using locally available foods. Around 3,600 people gained access to clean water from 12 new borehole wells drilled in their communities. 120 water committee members were trained to repair water sources and carry out community hygiene and sanitation campaigns. Students at two schools benefited from new latrines, which helped reduce open defecation and decrease the prevalence of sanitation-related diseases. We supplied 17 schools with handwashing stations and soap and trained 359 peer educators to teach students how to use them. 19 schools and 13 literacy clubs were supplied with teaching and learning materials and 20 people were trained to facilitate literacy classes for children. We strengthened the capacity of child protection teams in 13 communities, enabling them to more effectively advocate for the reduction of harmful traditional practices such as early marriage.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|Peace|Disability|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Ghana>Northern

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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