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Our vision now, for 2018 and beyond: the goals we are now working towards


Our local team in Ghana have been building a movement over the past twenty years. As local change makers themselves, they work to inspire others in their communities to ensure that every child can be happy, healthy, safe and in school, whatever their start in life.

 We now have the momentum and learning behind us, local people and communities are on board and we have seen the lives of thousands of people transformed. Headed up by our Director of Programmes, David, our unique model of development has proven it works and now we want to push it further.

 

The next step

Looking forward, our work will be focussed on three of the key child rights issues needing our support: education, child protection and health.

Education

Cletus, Sebastian and Lena will be working to increase enrolment, improve the quality of teaching and addressing the root causes of why children are dropping out of school early. We’ll also be encouraging and supporting more children to progress to higher education so they have better opportunities in their future.

 Lives we’ll transform:

  • 730 children will be off the streets and back at school
  • 1,944 teachers will be trained as early years specialists to improve children’s first years of education
  • 9,460 children’s first days at school will be celebrated to encourage enrolment
  • 45 schools will be made accessible to children with disabilities

Child Protection

Joe, Elijah and Gabriel will be making sure that more children have a safe and supportive home to grow up in, reducing issues in the community that threaten children’s rights, such as child marriage and child labour, and improving the services in place to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Some of the team, from left to right: Solo, Martin, Bea, David, Paulina, Sebastian, Lena, Matthew, Emmani, Sandra, Ray, Silas, Richard and Gabriel in front

 Lives we’ll transform:

  • 153 children without a safe home will be given a safe, family environment in residential care to grow up in or resettled with family where possible
  • Over 32,000 children will attend our Child Rights Clubs to learn about their rights and how to make sure they’re never compromised
  • 840 women, who married as children, will be educated on the importance of their children’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and the dangers of teenage pregnancy

Health

Godfred, Dorcas and Emmani will be ensuring more children can access free healthcare through the Ghanaian government’s National Health Insurance Scheme, improving the quality of services available, supporting children with disabilities and empowering communities with a better understanding of their health and well-being.

 Lives we’ll transform:

  • 2,230 children will be health screened at school
  • 3,320 healthcare workers will attend training sessions to improve healthcare and patient services
  • 5,260 family planning and childcare advice sessions will be held for women living in rural areas

 

These three programmes of work will be pushed into new geographical areas stretching beyond our current focus. Having identified similar issues in neighbouring regions, we will now expand and replicate our model to cover all districts of the Upper East Region as well as some in the Upper West and Northern Regions.

We are seeing this as both a vertical and horizontal expansion, which will continue to be delivered by the same committed team made up of local heroes, like Joe, who have driven the phenomenal change AfriKids has achieved since we began.

Joe’s exceptional dedication to creating change within his community of Sirigu is now being recognised on a national scale, as part of the MTN Heroes of Change Awards.

 Watch this space for Joe’s full story in our next blog.


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