PROJECTS

Secure Livelihoods 

Aim - To support poor and disadvantaged men and women in five regions of Ghana to achieve food and income security. This will be through better engagement with the markets and strengthened linkages with government and other service providers.

Needs: International Volunteers, farming tools, and financial support.

Study after study has taught us that there is no tool more effective for development than the empowerment of women. Gender bias is an expansive topic. It manifests itself in many aspects of daily life in our society. Examples of gender bias can be found literally from the cradle to the grave but we will limit our consideration of gender bias to education. Specifically, we will focus on the issues of gender bias and gender equity in education.

 

There are several issues of peripheral importance to this topic. Unfortunately, due to social, cultural, and financial constraints, access to primary and secondary schools for young girls in many Ghanaian communities is restricted. Women have been identified as particularly disadvantaged in the northern regions and rural areas of Ghana. This situation is influenced by socio-cultural practices and traditions which deny women access to land, capital for business, education and skills for wage employment. However, many are engaged in agro-processing and thereby contribute significantly to household incomes.

Women and girls constitute more than 50% of the population in Ghana and are among the most disadvantaged and poorest groups. Over the years, attempts by governments and NGOs have targeted good governance neglecting women and girls’ empowerment and education. This accounts for the high exodus of girls from rural areas to urban centres in search of scarce jobs. This puts undue pressure on the limited facilities available in the cities and has led to disaffection and involvement in antisocial activity among women and girls.

 

We intend to continue our support for women working on products such as palm oil, gari, shea-butter, rice, smoked fish, farming and the production of livestock (Ruminants), etc. Adding value to their work by improving product quality and access to resources and markets, for example, will significantly increase their incomes and consequently, improve livelihoods of poor households and communities.

 

The toughest places demand the boldest ideas and solutions. That’s why we focus on Social Innovations — to blend the best concepts and tools from the communities + women groups + girls groups with our deep knowledge of both the problems facing women, girls, communities and the context in which they face them.

 

 

 

We intend,

  • To establish a technical vocation school for young women offering intensive instruction and apprentices in software engineering and development, electronics, and other skilled areas in great demand in Palestine’s growing ICT and ICT-using industries.

  • Helping women go to college: post-secondary education opens the door to the future for women and their families. Programmes equip women with academic, math, English; financial and practical skills they need to enter and succeed in college.

  • To build the capacities of small groups in target regions to support districts/communities produce the food that they need to achieve baseline food security with sustainable management of natural resources.

  • To provide capacities to intermediary women and girls groups to improve enterprise development activities of target groups to have sufficient incomes to achieve baseline income security levels from sustainable enterprise activities or employment that does not harm their health or damage the environment.

 

We want to continue promoting business mentoring in a society where women entrepreneurs are facing tough economic, social and environmental circumstances - often with little or no support. Many single parents (women) in the slums are migrants from other areas of the country unsuccessfully trying to find work in the fast-paced Ghanaian capital. Some estimates put unemployment rates in poor neighbourhoods at more than 30 percent.

 

A solution on the streets for both these problems — malnutrition and unemployment — are being directly addressed by our programme that helps food cart vendors dish out healthy food to children addressing the failing health of children in some of Ghana’s most impoverished neighbourhoods through affordable, healthy food while providing job opportunities for area cooks and food cart vendors.

 

Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation have plans to offer small, affordable loans to women to be called "a weapon against poverty and hunger". And also, to establish a technical vocation school for young women offering intensive instruction and apprenticeship in software engineering and development, electronics, and other skilled areas in great demand in Ghana’s growing ICT and ICT-using industries.

 

General Objetives

This project aims to improve girls’ access to and attainment of a basic education, and women’s access to and attainment of adult literacy, enterprise development and management. This will lead to improvements in the confidence, self worth and marketable skills of women and girls.

 

Using Education to combat human trafficking, exploitation and child labour:: education can increase girls' and women's life options through programmes that combine practical literacy skills, health, and access to savings and credit with community awareness.

 

We believe this programme will equip girls and women with skills and confidence and promote girls' and women's leadership in families, schools, and communities. Through a multi- facetted approach to make women empowerment a reality” by,

  • mainstreaming a gender-sensitive response; mainstream a holistic approach to developing and implementing local life skills programmes;

 

  • establishing a coordinated and managed community-based livelihood development model for out-of-school girls/youth

 

  • retaining at-risk girls and children in need of special protection in upper primary and lower secondary school through scholarship support

 

  • designing and improving the well-being of rural Ghanaian women and their families through increased access to basic literacy and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods

 

  • challenging existing stereotypes which continue to restrict women with intellectual disabilities

 

  • encouraging women and girls in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) transforming their social, economic and personal life by using ICT  is to critically further their progress in education, health, economic development, natural resource management, governance and civil society.

 

  • building the capacities of small groups in target regions to support districts/communities produce the food that they need to achieve baseline food security with sustainable management of natural resources.

 

  • supporting advocacy initiatives by engaging with the private sector, government, civil society and communities for improved livelihoods of target groups.

 

  • Organisational capacity building of community groups, youth clubs and CBOs in strategic planning, organisational development, financial management, advocacy and fundraising to effectively deliver services to disadvantaged communities and enable them to become more responsive to their own needs and environment.

 

  • Research and development on selected products/services in target regions to enhance a market sensitive approach to poverty reduction.

 

  • Direct service delivery - providing technical and extension services to subsistent farmers in areas such as irrigation, organic agriculture, animal husbandry and integrated pest management.

 

  • Capacity building of CBOs in target regions on value chain development.

 

Special Objectives

  • To Increase the production of crops so as to attain high production level

  • To raise livestock (small ruminant, piggery, poultry, etc.).

  • To strengthen the productive capacity of the women members.

  • To create a sense of awareness for the women folk towards sustainable agriculture production.

  • To re-organize and strengthen the existing rural villages women program.

  • Provision of business support and advice for pre-start, start-ups, and developed businesses and also provide training in basic financial management, planning and best business practices while providing access to adequate soft loans that will bring total relief for the rural woman.

  • Provision of micro credit to about 100 small scale Farming/Businesses annually.

  • Provide technical/training support and advice as well as training for beneficiaries in particular and members in general.

                                                                                                            

Our Secure Livelihoods programme has direct links to the education, women and children, and disability programmes which are Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation priority including other programme areas. Gender, HIV and AID and girls education are cross-cutting themes for this programme area.

 

The challenges of running a business can be overwhelming. We believe in the power of small businesses to make positive change and each mentoring relationship provides invaluable guidance for women entrepreneurs in Ghana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key beneficiaries and partners

  • Women and Girls

  • Street and Working Children

  • Young girls and women out of school

  • Physically Challenged Independent Group

  • Schools and communities

  • Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities (CEPD)

  • Girls who are attending or who are not in school and women who’ve missed out on an education.

  • Small-scale women farmers producing for household consumption in eight regions

  • women Farmers Associations / Women with Disabilities

  • Community based organisations and local youth groups

  • Community vocational training centres

  • My Story Matters, UK

  • the local government authority agencies and partners

  • Private sector organisations working on creating an enabling environment

  • Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) supporting value chain development of selected products and services.

 

 

 

Many single parents (women/girls) in the slums are migrants from other areas of the country unsuccessfully trying to find work in the fast-paced Ghanaian capital

 

 

Beneficiaries Participation and Contribution:

The project beneficiaries had participated in the identification and planning of the project. Since it deals with their economic and well-being. During the implementation of the project, beneficiaries would contribute their:

 

  • Unskilled labour

  • Local materials (sticks, stones, sand etc.)

  • Land for the cultivation and construction of animal sheds.

 

Micro-project

More than 65% of Ghana’s population depends on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. However, the agriculture sector is severely hindered by unpredictable climate, lack of institutional support, and limited market access among other problems. The liberalisation of the Ghanaian economy has created competition in the market, making it difficult for local farmers to compete equitably or match the cost of production. This has resulted in a decline in the agricultural labour force and incomes for most communities, and consequently, high levels of poverty and food insecurity.

 

According to the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy II more than 50% of the poor in Ghana are small-scale food crop farmers. Food insecurity is major manifestation of poverty in northern Ghana and a major obstacle to the poor engaging with the market. Women have been identified as particularly disadvantaged in the northern regions and rural areas of Ghana. This situation is influenced by socio-cultural practices and traditions which deny women access to land, capital for business, and skills for wage employment. However, many are engaged in agro-processing and thereby contribute significantly to household incomes.

 

The small-scale enterprise sector is dominated by women working on products such as palm oil, gari, shea-butter, rice, smoked fish, food crop/livestock (Ruminants), etc. Adding value to their work by improving product quality and access to resources and markets for example, will significantly increase their incomes and consequently, improve livelihoods of poor households and communities.

 

The youth constitute more than 50% of the population in Ghana and are among the most disadvantaged and poorest groups. Attempts by governments and some NGOs have targeted adult men and women, neglecting the youth. This accounts for the high exodus of youth from rural areas to urban centres in search of scarce jobs. This puts undue pressure on the limited facilities available in the cities and has led to disaffection and involvement in antisocial activity among young people.

 

Many women are in dire need to develop but cannot afford the provision of basic farming inputs. They lack the most appropriate agriculture inputs include farm equipments, seeds, planting materials, and livestock for restocking of lost animals. And other issues like the lack of the capacity to provide support service and also the neglect of women in development activities.

 

 

Workshops, Training & Conferences

 

Our plans are to make use of local and International volunteers through the Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation’s Volunteering Programme. The local volunteers, mostly graduates and non graduates with little work experience, will be placed within partner groups and villages to work alongside the more experienced international volunteers.

 

This will not only help the local volunteers acquire valuable practical experience, but will also contribute towards the sustainability of interventions through supporting and developing local knowledge and resources.

 

Volunteers will be involved in,

  • Vocational training programmes that are geared towards skills development in vocational and enterprise development as alternative avenues for income generation and employment. This builds on community initiatives and where there is potential for growth.

 

  • Recognizing the risk factors that contribute to girls and women being enticed into sex work.

 

  • Workshops designed to provide life and job skills training to vulnerable young girls and sex workers in order to help them find better opportunities.

 

  • Broad-ranging, allowing the young girls who participate in the training program to acquire a wide breadth of knowledge and skills and explore various fields of interest.

 

  • Training program covers a variety of topics including basic literacy and mathematics, husbandry, handicrafts, teamwork and conflict resolution and even starting a small business.

 

Beyond career changes, beneficiaries will acquire knowledge and awareness that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

 

 

Activities

Since the establishment of the project in 2011, the executives have engaged in concretizing and sensitizing the entire membership on their roles and active participation on rural development. This sensitization campaign culminated in the registration of the Fifteen (15) villages with a total membership of over One thousand (1,732).

 

Today Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation have acquired 450 acres of land for food crop and livestock production through the Chiefs and people of Old-Ayoma in the Jasikan Buem District of the Volta Region.

 

Currently, the project is only cultivating 35 acres of rice and Cassava while embarking on the introduction of a small livestock component (piggery and small ruminant, etc.) due to lack of funds and investor participation at the moment. Depending on the availability of funds, we intend to embark on the cultivation of 450 acres of major food crop and the raising of livestock (piggery and small ruminants, etc.).

 

Before May 2018, an income generation scheme (Agro-processing/Charity shop) will be introduce to increase cassava, etc. production by members and processed into high quality Starch, etc. for export.  In addition to the above, the project will embark on food crops seedlings/tubers distribution such as Shogurn, Maize, rice, cassava, sweet potato and lots of vegetables.

 

Disbursement of Small Loans

Before the end of December 2017, and during the course of 2018, we aim to give out all outstanding loan requests that meet our conditions. Our women will have one year to pay the money back to the organization to enable other women awaiting such opportunity to also benefit and enjoy the change we are trying to bring for all.

 

Beneficiaries would pay the interest of 10% per annum but not interest of the borrowing rate. Some of this amount would be used to pay the interest and cost of managing the funds as well as provision for bad debt.

 

Business training

Training will consist of 4 modules of which 1 module will be for each quarter, making 4 training sections/parts in a year. The modules of the training would be basic financial management, sales, book keeping, and best business practices.

 

Executive members and international volunteers with training and experiences in business and organizational development will assist with the training. Expert advice and support will be drawn from Princes Cilda Service, a business development firm who has been supporting the organization with such services.

 

 

 

Project Methodology

The methodology to be adopted by the project is the participatory approach. Mama’s Farming Project operates in Fifteen (15) villages. This village has three groups each for easy coordination and assessments.

 

The project will operate a communal farm at the project headquarters at the same time distribute available inputs to the project beneficiaries. These inputs will be recovered and recycle to other beneficiaries until all project members are being serviced.

 

Implementation Strategy

The under mentioned strategies will be carried out to achieve the set objectives:

 

  • Community mobilization and sensitization for the further understanding of the project.

  • Training of Mama’s Farming Project executive and animators on the planning, implementation, monitoring and management of especially agricultural project.

  • Re-registration of targeted beneficiaries (Women in farming families within the operational communities).

  • Purchase and distribution of viable seeds while ensuring that certified seeds approved by the seed board are bought.

  • Provision of food for workers/volunteers to assist the farm families and protect the seeds.

  • Purchase and distribution of livestock (pigs, sheep, Goat, etc.).

  • Supervision, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of project activities.

 

Sustainability

  • We are continuing its work as Micro Finance Organisation. With this work we generate money and are able cover the costs to run our offices and pay our staff.

  • Fountain started a business centre to be able to generate more income. We need to do and will do more publicity on that to attract more customers.

  • Fountain performed an organisational assessment to have a clear view on the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation. An action plan to improve our weaknesses is drafted and will be implemented in the course of the next two years.

 

 

 

 

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Plan

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officers will be responsible for the overall Project Monitoring and Evaluation which will consist mainly of monitoring and evaluation strategies namely Process and Summative monitoring and evaluation.

 

Process Monitoring and Evaluation

The methods of monitoring and evaluating the project activities will basically be the collection of primary qualitative and quantitative data from the women farmers on weekly bases.

 

Data will be collected on good business/animal husbandry practices being practiced by the beneficiary women in such areas as feeding- elephant grass, fresh corn, cassava tubers etc housing- male-female ratio of 1:4 or 5,  keeping to cage dimension of 180cm*60cm*45cm etc. breeding, health and disease management,etc. This will provide feedback for the improvement of the operation of the Project.

 

The Local Project Assistants (LPA) will meet each beneficiary farmer and discuss the observations made and concerns of the farmers for redress. The LPA will also meet all the farmers every month to share findings in the cause of the Project implementation with the view to ensuring improvement in project deliverables.

 

Evaluation Plan

A quarterly project report will be presented to your organization for the duration of the project. This report will contain information on:

  • The number of loan takers

  • The amount of loans taken

  • Periodic visits to beneficiaries work/business places

  • Status on paying back the loans

  •  Workshops given

  • Number of attendants to workshops

 

The last quarterly report will give information about continuation and sustainability of business of the loan takers involved.


 

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Summative Evaluation

This will commence with the establishment of a baseline data at the beginning of the Project through a random sample of the grasscutter farmers to assess the extent to which;

 

Goal # 1: To reduce the level of unemployment among the youth (Pre/post test status of employment, income level, savings, status of consumption etc) and

 

Goal # 2: To effectively harness the grasscutter as a natural resource for socio-economic development(Pre/Post test state of household assets acquisition level, education of household, health, housing, membership of  social group and position held etc) have been attained.

           

There will be weekly, monthly and yearly report issued base on Process and Summative   monitoring and evaluation findings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulfilment of the Priority Needs of Beneficiaries:

The major problem faced by the project and which the project will try to address is the lack of the most appropriate agricultural input to restart normal production activities.

 

These inputs include farm equipment, seeds, planting materials, and livestock. Other priority areas to be addressed are:

  • Lack of the capacity to provide agricultural support services

  • The neglect of the women in development activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Support Duration

The project is soliciting assistance for One (1) farming season for a period of Five (5) years with different women groups across rural communities in Ghana. Thereafter it will be in position to finance its operation from the revolving fund that will be established.

 

 

 

 

 

Project Beneficiaries

The direct project beneficiaries would be the project members and their household members from the project village. A total of 1,732 women farmers and their families would benefit directly as follows:

 

Direct Project Beneficiaries

 

 

Sex

Distribution

Age Distribution (Year)

Location

Female

Male

0-14 yrs

15-65 yrs

65+ yrs

Gbefi

 

 

 

Old-Ayoma

 

 

 

Begroo

 

 

Katamanso

 

 

Zenu

 

 

257

 

319

 

 

 

282

 

 

258

 

 

259

61

 

 

 

87

 

 

 

72

 

 

70

 

 

67

62

 

 

 

67

 

 

 

63

 

 

46

 

 

61

209

 

 

 

283

 

 

 

233

 

 

239

 

 

228

47

 

 

 

56

 

 

 

58

 

 

43

 

 

37

 

1,375

357

299

1,292

241

 

 

The budget

Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation is requesting for an amount of $102,571.52 which is GHc 429,098.00 in the local currency, for a period of two year project. This amount will be given out to 100 women and girls who want to continue or go back to school or for enterprise development.

 

 

Donor Agency Contribution (Equipments)

No.

ITEMS

No. OF BENEFICIARIES

QUANTITY

UNIT COST IN GHc.

TOTAL COST GHC.

1

Tractor and accessories

1,732

1

55,000,.00

55,000.00

2

Gari Processing Machine

1,732

2

4,500.00

9,000.00

3

Milling Machine

1,732

1

 

18,000.00

18, 000.00

Sub Total (GHc.)

 

 

 

 82,000.00

Donor Agency’s Contribution (Crop Production)

NO

ITEMS

NO OF BENEFICIARIES

QUANTITY PER VILLAGE

UNIT COST (GHc)

TOTAL COST (GHc.)

1

Rice

1,732

650 Bushels

30.00

19,500.00

2

Groundnut

1,732

650 Bushels

34.00

22,100.00

3

Cassava cuttings

1,732

200 Bags

60.00

12,000.00

TOTAL (GHc)

 

 

 

       53,600.00

 

 

 

Donor Agency’s Contribution - Budget Line Item - Livestock Production

 

No.

ITEMS

No: OF BENEFICIARIES

QUANTITY PER VILLAGE

UNIT COST (GHc.)

TOTAL COST (GHc.)

1

Sheep

Female

Male

 

1,732

 

25

10

 

500

600

 

12,500. 00

  6,000.00

2

Goat

Nanny

He Goat

1,732

 

30

15

 

600

800

 

18,000.00

12,000.00

3

Pigs

Sow

Boar

 

1,732

 

 

30

10

 

600

800

 

18,000.00

  8,000.00

TOTAL   (GHc.)

 

 

 

74,500.00

 

 

 

 

Donor Agency’s Contribution (Grain Store - Building)      

 

NO

ITEMS

QUANTITY

UNIT COST

(GHc.)

TOTAL COST

(GHc.)

1

Corrugated Iron Sheets

15 bundles

1,200

18,000.00

2

Cement

320 bags

35

11,200,00

3

Timber: 1” x 12” x12’

85 Boards

70

5,950,00

4

Timber: 2” x 12” x 12’

40 Pieces

50

2,000.00

5

Timber: 3” x 4” x 12’

18 Pieces

40

720.00

6

Timber: 2” x 4’ x 12’

70 pieces

45

3,150.00

7

Timber: 2 x 3 x 12

65 pieces

40

2, 600.00

8

M.S. rods: ½” x 38’

80 length

100

8,000.00

9

M.S. rods: ¼” x 38’

16 length

80

1,280.00

10

Roofing nails

60 packets

200

12,000.00

11

Head pans

6

100

600.00

12

Shovels

10 Shovels

70

700.00

13

Wheel barrows

6 rolls

200

1,200.00

14

Binding wires

5 roll

900

4,500.00

15

Double steel doors

4

2,500

10,000.00

16

Single steel doors

4

1,500

6,000.00

17

Window panes

30

500

15,000.00

18

Wire mesh

6 roll

600

3,600.00

19

Wire nails (Assorted)

250 packets

41

10,250,00

20

Tower bolts

8

300

2,400.00

21

Lockers

12

87

1,044.00

22

Paints (Assorted)

40 gallons

350

14,000.00

23

paint brushes (Assorted)

15

40

600.00

TOTAL (GHc.)

 

 

            134,794.00

 

 

 

 

 

Donor Agency’s Contribution Pig Sty (Building)

 

NO

ITEMS

QUANTITY

UNIT COST (GHc)

TOTAL COST (GHc)

1

Corrugated Iron Sheets

12 bundles

1,200

14,400.00

2

Cement

250 bags

35

8,750.00

3

Timber: 1” x 12” x12’

60 Boards

70

4,200.00

4

Timber: 2” x 12” x 12’

30 Pieces

50

1,500.00

5

Timber: 3” x 4” x 12’

10 Pieces

40

               400.00

6

Timber: 2” x 4’ x 12’

50 pieces

45

2,250.00

7

Timber: 2 x 3 x 12

40 pieces

40

1,600.00

8

M.S. rods: ½” x 38’

55 length

100

5,500.00

9

M.S. rods: ¼” x 38’

10 length

80

   800.00

10

Roofing nails

40 packets

200

8,000.00

11

Head pans

6 Head pans

100

               600.00

12

Shovels

5 Shovels

70

350.00

13

Wheel barrows

3 wheel barrows

200

600.00

14

Binding wires

1 roll

900

900.00

15

Double steel doors

2

2,500

500,000

16

Single steel doors

1

              1,500

1,500.00

17

Window panes

12

500

6,000.00

18

Wire mesh

4 roll

600

2,400.00

19

Wire nails (Assorted)

150 packets

41

6,150. 00

20

Tower bolts

4

300

1,200.00

21

Lockers

22

87

1,914.00

22

Paints (Assorted)

22 gallons

350

7,700.00

23

paint brushes (Assorted)

6

40

240.00

TOTAL (GHc.)

 

 

69,454.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donor Agency’s Contribution - Transportation and Labour Cost

 

NO

ITEMS

QUANTITY

UNIT COST (GHc.)

TOTAL COST (GHc.)

1

Transportation

 

Lump Sum

1,850.00

2

Labour

 

Lump Sum

2,900.00

TOTAL COST (GHc.)

 

 

4,750.00

 

 

 

Local Contribution

 

NO

 

ITEMS

 

QUANTITY

 

UNIT COST (GHc)

 

TOTAL COST (GHc)

1

Land

850 acres

10,000

8,500,000.00

2

Sticks

14 dozen

70

980.00

3

Food for Work

Lump Sum

1,650

1,650.00

4

Sand

8 trips

1,200

9,600.00

5

Ball Stones

4 trips

900

3,600.00

6

Broken Stones

5 trips

1,000

5,000.00

TOTAL   (GHC)

 

 

 8,520,830.00

                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Budget Summary in GHc and Dollars

No

Items

Total cost (GHc)

Donor Contribution  (GHc)

Local Contribution (GHc)

1

Equipments

82,000.00

82,000.00

 

2

Crop Production

53,600.00

53, 600.00

 

 

 

3

Livestock Production

74,500.00

74,500.00

 

4

Grain Store & Animal Shelter

134,794.00

134,794.00

 

5

Pig  Sty (Building)

69,454.00

69,454.00

 

6

Transportation/Labour

4,750.00

4,750.00

 

7

Local Contribution

8,520,830.00

 

8,520,830.00

8

Miscellaneous

 

10,000.00

 

 

TOTAL (GHc)

       8,939,928.00

 

$     2,104,453.87

     429,098.00

 

$  102,571.52

     8,520,830.00

 

$    2,005,798.44

 

 

 

1 GHS = 0.239040 USD

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12/04/2017

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptable Donations and/or Materials  (New/Old)

                                                                  

  • Donate IT equipment/accessories - computers, CPU's, monitors, printers, towers, PCs, laptops

  • Donate Large Furniture - couch, sectionals, dining room tables, Classrooms desks, shelves, etc.

  • Donate Stuffed Animals – toys,

  • Donate Building materials – Cement, wood, nails, roofing sheets, water pump, safety jackets, gloves, etc.

  • Donate Baby items – laundry bags, blankets, sleep bags

  • Donate Medical equipments and supplies, etc.

  • Donate Exercise equipment—stationary bikes, treadmills, universal sets, weights

  • Donate Large appliances—washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, etc.

  • Donate TV's—televisions, including big screen or console type

  • Donate Sporting equipments – Jerseys, soccer boots, bicycles, etc.

  • Donate a Bouncing Castle –Logos, games, electronic toys, and games

  • Donate Gaming devices – video games, etc.

  • Donate Clothes, Shoes, etc. 

  • Donate a School Bus

  • Donate Household Items

  • Donate Food/Drinks/ Water for volunteers

  • Donate Educational/Stationary materials - exercises/story books, Bible, computers, pencils, pens, eraser, records books/files, etc.

 

 

NOTE:

Due to the language limited weight we will suggest purchasing the above items here in Ghana once the funds are provided.

 

Note also that, in the event where cash is given without any specific instructions, we reserve the right to use our own discretion since wehave more aims to achieve. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

HOPE AND SERVICE TO MANKIND FOUNDATION (Hope for Rural Dwellers) is a Voluntary, Non-profit, Charitable, Social, Non-political, Non-governmental, Inter-faith and Welfare Organisation Registered in Ghana Under section 27 and 28 of 1963 Companies Code (Act 179) with registration number G-35, 853.

 

Our vision is to build a healthy and prosperous society based on gender equality and equity in every walk of life by improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs. We share the vision of a world where all forms of disability can be avoided, healed or integrated and in which the rights of people with disabilities are respected and applied.

 

Our mission is committed to serving MANKIND by providing the basic amenities of life to the helpless and needy people of all communities and also by encouraging Girl child, People with Disabilities and Youth education.

 

We believe in gender equality and equity in every walk of life regardless of race, colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant condition.

 

We bring together literate and non-literate, towns, villages, people in common respect for each other and for manual work to promote and encourage the development of the spirit of voluntarism among the youth and people of all communities by organising workcamps towards physical projects, literacy work, and establishing demonstrational camps and farms, Leadership training, camping activities and International Cultural Exchange Programmes.

 

We bring Students/Volunteers/institutions/groups/individuals together for group educational activities that focus on issues related to intercultural communication, development issues in the host communities and larger issues related to international development.

 

We believe that a motivated international volunteer could give a big extra input to our activities, by bringing in new experiences, new knowledge, ideas and new energy, that could give a new perspective to our activities especially our youth capacity building efforts and that will go a long way to help in developing further our current development projects.

 

We promote youth empowerment and active participation by;

  • Fostering capacity-building for youth organisations and structures in order to contribute to civil society development.

  • Promoting cooperation and the exchange of experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-formal education.

  •  Contributing to the development of youth policies and youth work.

  • Developing sustainable partnerships and networks between youth organisations for exchange activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want to continue promoting business mentoring in a society where women entrepreneurs are facing tough economic, social and environmental circumstances - often with little or no support.

 

We aim to improve girls’ access to and attainment of a basic education, and women’s access to and attainment of adult literacy, enterprise development and management. This will lead to improvements in the confidence, self worth and marketable skills of women and girls.

 

We want to continue to use Education to combat human trafficking, exploitation and child labour; education can increase girls' and women's life options through program that combine practical literacy skills, health, and access to savings and credit with community awareness. We believe this program will equip girls and women with skills and confidence and promote girls' and women's leadership in families, school, and communities

 

Our Secure Livelihoods program has direct links to the education, women and children, and disability program which are Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation priority including other program areas. Gender, HIV and AID and girls education are cross-cutting themes for this program area.

 

We know the challenges of running a business can be overwhelming and we believe in the power of small businesses to make positive change by mentoring relationship to provide invaluable guidance for women entrepreneurs in rural areas.

 

Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation provides a platform for international institutions groups, students, the youth and volunteers to be involved in group educational activities that focus on issues related to international communication, development issues in the communities and larger issues related to international development while contributing to community development projects while learning the Africa way of life style (Family, cooking and dressing, drumming, dancing etc.)

           

Target Population

Women/Children

The poor and the unemployed in society

Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)

Commercial sex workers

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIVA)

People living with other chronic diseases

Youth in and out of school

Migrant workers

Disaster victims

The Disables

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HIV/AIDS AND OTHER CHRONIC DISEASES 

(Tuberculosis, Malaria and neglected tropical diseases)

Aim - To increase efficiency and address common constraints to relaunch the use of condoms and create a more positive image of condom use in preventing HIV/AIDS, other  Sexually Transmitted Infections, and in Birth Control.

 

Needs: International Volunteers, medical students, sponsors for our health camps.

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Traditional Dance and Drumming Training (Cultural Immersion Programmes) 

Aim: This program is aimed at promoting mobility within and beyond borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, enhancing the development through the cultural scope, exposing and strengthening intercultural relations, the history and development of the field of cultural diplomacy, informing perspectives on cultural, political, and economic issues of Ghana, for exposure and to learn new things from another society, Ghana.

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Promoting Agriculture and Food Security (Farming) 

Aim: Our aim is to help alleviate rural poverty that is currently hitting women, the youth, and the unemployed. The street children will also be recruited into this project and also it will help cut down on the problem of the youth moving to urban centers looking for jobs that are not there, our belief is this project will help combat the increasing crime waves in our communities by creating jobs for all. We believe promoting Agriculture and food security will be the best action in solving some of the problems in our communities. Our plans are to undertake the planting of teak trees as our main aim alongside marketable food crops such as maize, cassava, sorghum, beans, and yam and palm fruits for oil.

Needs: We will need Partnerships, farming tools, and funding more than ever.

 

There are a number of other community initiatives that we are involved in. These include Tree planting projects, painting projects, beach clean up days by working with Project’s Health and Sanitation team to inform children about the benefits of handwashing, teeth brushing and using latrines as part of our environmental agenda.  This is where those of you who like to show off can really shine and, for the quieter members of the group, there is always work backstage!

 

Volunteers learn a lot from these communities as well as fellow volunteers since weekends are free time for learning something new like our cultural immersion days. We also organize tour programs for volunteers during the weekends when they are not working and every evening entertainment by the fireside cultural displays, dancing, and singing.

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Education (Build a School Project) 

Aim - Our build a school project is for every young person especially the girl child in Ghana to fulfill their potential and to make a difference. We intend to increase their chances of a brighter future. Our aim is not just to support the schools, but to develop a model which can continue working without us.
 

Needs: International Volunteers, building materials, furniture, computers, logistics, and funding.

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Disability

Aim: This program is to enable people with disabilities to fulfill their potential within society as citizens with equal rights and access to services, ICT and vocational skills development, the establishment of enterprises, job placements, and exhibitions showcasing the abilities of persons with disabilities.

Needs: International Volunteers, educational materials, computers, sewing machines, logistics, and funding.

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Internships 

This project is also offered as an internship for those wishing to gain experience and/or credit for a college or university course. The major difference between an intern and a volunteer relates to the amount of mentorship and self-evaluation. We feel that there are several factors that are necessary in order to run a successful internship program:

  • Active participation

  • Full involvement in the organization’s projects

  • Weekly feedback and discussion with Program Supervisor and Director evaluation at the end of the program

 

We understand that some colleges and universities may have special requirements for internships or give credit for internships. We are able to adapt to the internship program to meet any special needs or requirements.

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English Language camps

 

Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s life. You’ will gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself while working side-by-side with other people on community-led initiatives.

 

Hope and Service to Mankind Foundation offer English as a second language to help children and women and the youth with other community projects as our support in the development process of Hungary and Ghana. The English language school is situated in a beautiful historical environment of Hungary near Lake Balaton and surrounded by beautiful landscape and castle mansion. 

 

As the world rushes to acquire English, the majority can not afford the cost of learning English, books, and health care therefore the need to assist.

 

Your "credential" is simply being a native speaker of the English language is always a plus when you seek to teach English abroad. You can join us also if you want to learn English as a second language whiles meeting new people and visiting the beautiful history of  Hungary and Ghana

 

 Education (English as a second language)                                                                   

 


Aim - The program is focused on the provision and development of the English language (speaking and writing skills) to help individuals to be able to communicate with other English speaking citizens who visit, live, work and study in Hungary.  (Youth Exchange program)

Needs: International Volunteers, Learning materials, computers, logistics, and funds

    

 

Ghana

As a teaching volunteer, you will spend your mornings in one of six of our community schools that cater to orphaned and vulnerable children. You will be assigned a class and cooperating teacher to focus your efforts and get to know the individual needs of the students.  While the teacher is in front of the classroom, teaching a class, it is extremely valuable to have a teaching assistant who can go around and help individual children with their assignments. Since classes are usually very large, the pupils do not often get this individual attention, they need. The extra help volunteers provide has the potential to make a lasting difference by identifying students who are falling behind and giving additional support.

 

Group Work

A volunteer may find in class that there are a group of children who struggle to keep up with the rest of the class. Volunteers will take groups of children out of the class to go through the class work at a slower rate with greater repetition to enhance learning.  Once students start to fall behind, it can be a difficult trend to stop as there are minimal structures in place at the schools to help the struggling children.  Early intervention is therefore key.

 

Revision Classes

Since the pace in class is fast and individual attention low, children often fall behind. By repeating subjects in revision classes, these children might have a better chance of keeping up during their regular classes.

Should you feel comfortable you can teach your own class using the in-depth lesson plans.  This is a fantastic opportunity to offer the students a fresh perspective and increase their intellectual curiosity.

 

Pre-School Learning Centre

Volunteers visit the pre-school every morning to assist the local teachers and educate the children in creative ways.  There are currently approximately 70 young learners enrolled at the pre-school and volunteers teach in small groups of about 8 children. Your role at the pre-school is as a teacher, preparing the children for their next steps into primary school and involves the following: 

 

  • Singing and dancing with children in English.

  • Developing the children’s imagination and creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing, and coloring.

  • Teaching basic lessons about colors, numbers, letters, and knowledge of the world in English with the assistance of a translator.

  • Giving the children the opportunity to let off some steam through fun games and structured physical education classes.

  • Helping to prepare lunch for the children.

  • General upkeep of the school to keep it a pleasant environment in which to learn.

  • Some basic work at the school farm, aimed at providing a source of sustainable income for the school

 

Orphan Care and Development

We visit and work with the local orphanage homes to spend time enriching the lives of the children that live there, and we are currently working on exciting building initiatives to furnish them with new dorms so we can provide for more children in need! Volunteers will be involved in spending time with the children, enriching their lives in many ways, and support in the new orphan dorm building initiative.

 

We are currently teaching English to a group of about fifty students, split into 2 groups depending on ability, ranging in age from young adults to middle-aged adults.  Volunteers are responsible for making the lesson plans, which are always interactive and fun with the use of flashcards, games, objects, and worksheets.

 

Volunteers encourage active participation from the students by reading out loud, role-playing, writing on the board, and participating in educational games. The volunteer role includes:

 

Developmental playtime where the children get to learn new games and play with toys to which they wouldn't normally have access. Constructive sports games such as Frisbee, football, etc.

 

Giving the children the one on one care and attention that is so critical for their development.

 

Planning fun, interactive, and challenging lessons for the students. Conducting these lessons with the help of a translator in a patient, creative, dynamic, and passionate manner.

 

Assigning and correction of homework assignments. Getting to know an amazing group of individuals with an inspiring dedication to learning

 

The English lessons are free for the students and open to the community-at-large.  They offer an amazing and rare opportunity for people to increase their knowledge of English.