Bawjiase Programme Unit
Area: 9,826 sq. km
Population: 1,593,823 (2000)
Sponsored children: Around 6,900
Located in the Central (Winneba) region, the Bawjiase Programme Unit was Plan Ghana’s first area of operation in 1992. It is situated about 60km from the capital, Accra and covers a large geographical area: Awutu-Senya, Gomoa, Agona-East and Ga South districts, and Effutu municipality. There are a total of 72 partner communities.
Over 70% of the active labour force is engaged in farming using traditional methods and fishing. As this work provides only low levels of income, households have little or no funds to put aside in case of emergency or to pay for their children’s school fees. Poor hygiene, especially in rural areas, significantly increases the risk of death for children under 5 and adults.
Village Savings and Loan Associations
Plan-supported Village Savings and Loans Associations help women with little or no collateral to access credit at lower rates so that they can meet their family’s needs.
The women form self-managing associations of 25 members and have weekly savings and investment meetings. After gaining interest, funds are shared out between members, usually at the beginning of the agricultural season or during festive times, for them to invest in their farming or trading businesses. Many new groups are now being created thanks to the immense success of the programme.
Community-Led Total Sanitation
Plan’s Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach educates communities about the importance of sanitation and helps them to construct and maintain their own latrines.
As part of this project, Plan Ghana, in collaboration with a local non-governmental organisation, has helped 8 communities to identify hygiene risks and to build their own latrines. More than 70 households have also built latrines through their own efforts. A sanitation credit scheme has now been launched to set up a revolving fund to help more individuals build their own latrines.
Child Protection Sensitisation
Plan’s community awareness-raising programmes on child protection are implemented through the Ghanaian Police’s Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, several government ministries, local non-governmetal organisations and other partners.
During informal sessions, drama and puppetry are used to help communities gain a better understanding of child protection issues. These sessions also help community members to become more aware of the rights of women and children and the protection that is available to them
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