World Vision Ghana (WVG), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has held a Close-out Meeting and Learning Forum with stakeholders in Accra.


The purpose of the meeting was to share accomplishments of the project dubbed: ‘USAID Strengthening Community Care and Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children’ (SCASO) while its outcome was expected to generate recommendations for deepening WVG’s interventions and facilitating improved health outcomes, promoting child well-being and realizing WVG’s vision for every child—Life in all its Fullness—in Ghana.


In a statement, Mr Manfred Zwikla, Director, Finance and Support Services, WVG, stressed the need for all children to be catered for, provided good health, formal education and early childhood development services because child well-being was key to a sustainable and strong economy.


Mr Zwikla said WVG, since its presence in Ghana in 1979, had operated in 31 programme areas in all the 10 regions of Ghana, targeting 6.4 million children and their families.


He said WVG was implementing programmes on education, health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene and food security that addressed the root cause of poverty and injustice to achieve the well-being of children.


He said the Stakeholders Learning Forum was, therefore, part of the close-out processes of the project to share project goals and achievements, successes and best practices, adding that it would also give the stakeholders the opportunity to disseminate the evaluation finding, reflect and document for future programming and scale up.


She thanked USAID for providing the funding support for the project to improve the lives and well-being of children in the country.


The goal of the project is to see a strengthened, sustainable community support to orphans and vulnerable children for formal, vocational and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention education.


In other words, SCASCO outcomes are to strengthen CBOs and other groups to support education and HIV prevention in 10 districts; increase orphan and vulnerable children enrolment and attendance at basic, secondary and vocation training schools; and increase orphan and vulnerable children’s awareness of HIV prevention and behaviour change messages.


SCASO was implemented by WVG in partnership with the District and Municipal Departments, Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) and Local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Partners, comprising Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), Life Relief Foundation (LRF) and Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI), from May 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015.


Ten administrative districts and two administrative regions in Ghana benefited from the project, which reached and impacted the lives of over 3,494 orphans and vulnerable children as well as 602 peer educators.


As part of the project, 102 ALERT clubs have been formed, home visitors and 400 teachers trained to handle psychosocial issues, with over 1,300 caretakers engaging in income-generating activities and micro saving schemes in 100 project communities.


Source: G. D. Zaney (ISD)

Created: 30 July 2015
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