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SOS Children’s Villages Ghana empowers youth in Abuakwa North


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Akyem Tafo (E/R), GNA – May 15, GNA – SOS Children’s Villages Ghana, has

equipped nine youth with start-up kits under its “Strengthening Families

programme” at Akyem Tafo in the Abuakwa North Municipality of the Eastern

Region.
The beneficiaries, who were made up of eight females and a male, were given

start-up kits in their fields of skills training such as dress making, welding,

auto electrician, auto mechanics, hair dressing and welding.
The event, which took place at Akyem Tafo, was chaired by Osabarima

Adusei Peasah IV, Akyem Tafohene.
The SOS Children’s Villages Ghana started implementing the Family

Strengthening intervention programme over the past two and half years in

Akyem Tafo and Kukurantumi in the Abuakwa North Municipality of the

Eastern Region.
It seeks to build the capacity of 300 vulnerable families to sustainably care

for 1,000 children, empower existing community structures to advocate for

the rights of children, work with existing community structures for improved

water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and support 120 youth to acquire skills

and resources for sustainable jobs.
Mr Alexander Mar Kekula, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Ghana,

said under the programme, 1,013 vulnerable children from 303 families were

being supported in terms of care, education and health.
He said 91 caregivers had been supported with a total grants of

GHS109,100.00 through 10 Village Savings and Loans Associations formed,

adding that individual caregivers had also benefitted from GHS50,000.00

grants to engage in income generating activities.
He said three child protection committees had been established within the

Tafo and Kukurantumi communities and that 135 caregivers had been

equipped with good parenting skills through training.
He said through the programme they were able enrol 136 children in school,

who were hitherto not in school but were of school going age at the

beginning of 2021, saying “these children were supported with books, school

bags, footwears and uniforms. These children now attend school regularly.”
In addition, 81 children and 23 caregivers were registered with the National

Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them access healthcare.
He said they’ve been able to support caregivers to acquire legal documents

(birth certificates) for 109 children.
Mr Daniel Baani, Programme Director, SOS Children’s Village Asiakwa, said

their Families Strengthening programme was meant to support families so

that they would be able to avoid child abandonment.
He said under the programme, 122 youth were currently being supported to

acquire various skills and start their business to earn decent living and create

jobs in the Municipality.
The breakdown includes youth in agriculture (rabbitry, organic tomato, taro

and vegetable production), dress making including apprentices 43,

hairdressing 19, auto electrician two, welding five, electricals three and other

vocations 14, while six youth were being supported to attain tertiary

education.
Mr Baani said during the COVID-19 (lockdown period), SOS Children’s Villages

Ghana supported 26 families with cash transfers for three months,

distributed 5,000 nose masks, and also distributed 50 veronica buckets,

carbolic soaps and paper towels at vantage points including lorry parks.
He indicated that 25 families were also given grants to expand their

businesses to enable them go through the shocks of COVID-19 pandemic in

the country.
Osabarima Adusei Peasah expressed gratitude to SOS Children’s Villages

Ghana for transforming the lives of the youth in his traditional area.
He further appealed to the beneficiaries to put the equipment to good use.
A visibly elated Mr Seidu Zembo, a beneficiary of the programme, on behalf

of his colleagues thanked SOS Children’s Villages Ghana for giving them the

needed support to enable them earn a living.
This, he noted, would go a long way to help to take care of themselves and

their families.

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