COMMUNITY ADVOCACY PROGRAMS


 

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

In most rural communities in Northern Ghana, very few people are literate.  Most do not know what their rights are, nor do they have the tools or strategies needed to help themselves to climb out of poverty.  Most families spend their time trying to survive; from fetching water to producing what food they can in the poor soil in their surrounding land.  Our community advocacy programs focus on empowering people in rural communities to advocate for themselves, so they know what their rights are, and to provide them with strategies to help improve their community’s future.  

 Led by girls who have experienced poverty themselves, our Community Advocacy programs focus on an array of topics from the importance of literacy, educating girls', what can be demanded and expected from Ghana's Education System (GES), how to advocate at local government levels, the negative effects of child trafficking and the urban migration of girls', and many others.  From community dramas that involve local children to workshops to building personal relationships, our Community Advocacy programs work to empower rural communities to advocate for themselves.

 

PROGRAM BENEFITS

1. Education prioritized
Parents learn about the benefits of education so they make it a priority.

2. Communities able to advocate
Communities are able to challenge local authorities to gain their rights.

3. Increase in school enrollment
Understanding the benefits, parents enroll more children in school.

 

4. Increase in school retention
As parents become supportive of education, less children drop out. 

5. Decrease in Child Trafficking
Communities learn about the harms of child trafficking & stop the practice.

6. Decrease in girls' migration
Less urban migration on the part of girls who end up on the streets.

 

7. Reduced child marriage
As girls education is valued, less drop out of primary school to get married.

8. Challenge gender inequality
Girls lead advocacy, proving to communities that girls can be leaders.

9. Increased girls leadership
Girls gain confidence in leadership as they help to empower communities.

 

PROGRAM GOALS

The goal of our community advocacy programs are to empower rural communities to prioritize what will help them to climb out of poverty, and how to advocate for themselves to demand their rights.  A first goal is to empower educated young women from our sponsorship program to train community advocates so they’re able to act as community representative, protecting their rights and promoting practices that lead to better lives for everyone. 

 

As a secondary goal, we hope to change harmful opinions such as those surrounding the importance of educating girls and women, women’s role in society, and the rights held by children, parents and communities.  Our community advocacy programs also aim to educate rural communities on how to approach local government and institutions to ensure their rights are respected.  

 

SHORT TERM GOALS

  • Train 3o community members in 3 communities in advocacy
  • Decrease child trafficking and migration to less than 30% in partner communities
  • 60% of children in partner communities enrolled in school
  • Increase girl retention to over 50% in partner communities

MEDIUM TERM GOALS

  • Train 120 community members in 12 communities in advocacy
  • Decrease child trafficking and migration to less than 20% in partner communities
  • 75% of children in partner communities enrolled in school
  • Increase girl retention to over 70% in partner communities

LONG TERM GOALS

  • Train 300 community members in 20 communities in advocacy
  • Decrease child trafficking and migration to less than 10% in partner communities
  • 90% of children in  partner communities enrolled in school
  • Increase girl retention to over 90% in partner communities
 

PROGRAM PROGRESS

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50+ COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON EDUCATION

Meetings are held regularly with to ensure they prioritize education.

13 COMMUNITY SENSITIZATIONS

Girls led dramas are performed to educate on important topics. 

300+ RELATIONSHIPS FORMED WITH PARENTS

Our sponsored students spend time developing relationships to gain trust.

9 ADVOCACY TRAININGS PLANNED

Advocacy training teaches communities their rights and how to ask for them.

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20 GIRLS GAINED PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

By speaking at meetings and dramas, girls gain confidence in leading.

12 GIRLS TRAINED IN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY

12 girls are trained in outreach, data collection, and public speaking.

 

OUR WORK ON THE MAP

With this interactive map, you can see where our partner communities are located who we are administering regular Community Advocacy Programs.  These communities are learning from educated girls how to advocate for themselves.

To have a further look, click on the icon in the top left corner of the map, and then click on the box on the bottom left hand corner.  This will give you 'Earth view'.  Get up close and personal by zooming in. 

 

THE IMPACT

1,000+ PARENTS PRIORITIZE  EDUCATION MORE THAN BEFORE

20% DECREASE IN CHILD
LABOUR AND TRAFFICKING

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43% LESS GIRLS MIGRATING TO URBAN CENTRES

25% LESS GIRLS DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL

185 MORE BOYS + 152 MORE GIRLS ENROLLED IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

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18 GIRLS IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS COMMUNITY LEADERS

 
 

EMPOWER COMMUNITIES TO ADVOCATE FOR THEMSELVES.

Consider becoming a monthly sponsor or making a one-time donation to empower rural communities.  Your donation will empower young women to lead their community to protect its rights, and the rights of the women and children living there.