AfriKids Community Education on Child Rights
AfriKids operates in rural and remote communities in the Upper East Region (UER) of Ghana where people are often unaware of services available to them. We are committed to providing people with this information so that they can make informed decisions about health, education and family planning.
This project is on going with various time limited projects within.
AfriKids works in extremely isolated and remote communities in northern Ghana; often people don’t make use of services or let their children fall into the trap of street life, because they are not aware or cannot access services. There is a drain of the young and able in the northern regions because migration to Ghana’s southern cities is commonplace, where unfortunately young people seeking opportunities often fall into street life, indentured slavery, prostitution and crime.
Operation Fresh Start pioneered a method for community education on child rights. One evening a month the project team drive out to an isolated community with a generator and large screen. They play MTV music to gather a crowd and present on the pitfalls of street life. In 2009 this methodology was extended to senior secondary schools to raise awareness of the spirit child phenomenon, child labour, street life and migration. We also plan to increase the focus on how to access education.
To ensure that all children and communities in the UER have access to child rights information.
Activities» Organise child rights clubs and workshops educating pupils on their rights and issues such as the spirit child phenomenon
» Run prevention and awareness raising programmes and meetings for the public on child labour, trafficking and harmful cultural beliefs
» Increase access and knowledge relating to health, education and family planning
» Organise annual football tournament and child rights festival to bring communities together and raise awareness
This is an ongoing project. AfriKids collects both qualitative and quantitative data to record progress and our successes.
AfriKids empowers communities to make necessary changes themselves. We have invested time and resources to raise awareness and ensure tackle issues around harmful beliefs, education and poverty. We have successfully eradicated the spirit child phenomenon which often led to infanticide, resettled street children and continue to deal with child labour. In the long term by supporting families to access services they can break lifelong cycles that have kept them in the poverty trap.
Life in Upper East Ghana is fragile so children’s rights are always at risk. Unforeseen circumstances economically, socially and environmentally can be devastating for a child and the entire family. Situations such as illness or death within a family or a flood can destroy the balance. So, AfriKids have a flexible approach to planning budgets meaning we can respond to changing needs and ensure that our support is directed to those who need it most at the time.
AfriKids’ donors receive regular and detailed feedback on how their donations are spent to demonstrate the impact it has had. We also produce a monthly newsletter detailing forthcoming activities, an annual report and welcome visits to Ghana.
Budget - Project Cost: £30,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Community Engagement For example education on child rights and reducing effects of harmful beliefs £20,000 Prevention & Monitoring Prevention and awareness raising including child rights festival and annual football tournament
AfriKids work in the Upper East Region (UER) because statistically 70% of the people live in extreme poverty compared to 11% in Accra. We have committed to investing time and resources into making real fundamental change to the society and economy of one region. Whilst Ghana has shown itself to the international community as a shining light in Africa, the UER is significantly lagging behind in comparison to southern regions.
Our focus is to work with children who are extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged because of issues such as extreme poverty and harmful cultural beliefs. We work with their families and communities to ensure that the care and support we provide is long lasting.
Our work is genuine development from the grass roots up. We adopt a holistic approach in supporting each child which means we also work with their families to tackle the root causes of suffering. Most importantly we listen to the communities and empower them to deliver change; they truly understand the complex issues in their communities. In the words of Cletus Anaaya, Head of Core Projects, AfriKids Ghana-“AfriKids are the people, the people are AfriKids”.
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100% of project staff are Ghanaians; our projects are locally owned by people that live and work in their communities and know the solutions.