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Providing unemployed teens and rural youth with skills and training in Ghana

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Adzicels Happy Home Foundation (AHHF)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

The aim of the project is to identify and support poor unemployed girls and women, particularly those under 18 years old, who are living below the poverty line and have engaged in social vices such as prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation, robbery, streetism and alms begging. The target group will include unemployed youth orphans, illiterates, young widows and teenage mothers who have no regular income.

Ghana is facing serious social, economic, and political challenges due to the global economic crisis, increasing poverty in Africa, and an influx of refugee immigrants from several politically unstable neighboring countries. Ghana, being under-developed and over-populated with limited resources, is currently experiencing severe socio-economic pressure regarding how to provide resources to meet the needs of its population. This problem is negatively affecting the youth, children, the poor, and particularly the young girls. The issue has led to an increase in numerous economic and social problems such as unemployment, armed robbery, teenage pregnancy, child labor, human trafficking, child prostitution (young girls) and sexual exploitation, etc.

What is your project and how will it help?

This project provides entrepreneurial and vocational skills training to poor unemployed young girls and women in order to provide them with an alternative way to earn an income.

1. The objectives are:
- To identify and engage individuals of the target group
- To provide training that will enable their employment
- To improve their confidence and create a sense of community that will enable them to access services which can help to meet their basic needs (food, nutrition, health, basic education, functional literacy, childcare, family care and participative empowerment).

2. Reduce the mortality rate by 12% due to common and infectious diseases and provide solutions to the problems of health and malnutrition, particularly among their children, by 2016 through access to good food availability and eating a balance diet.

3. Provide supplemental feeding to 100% of their children identified as needing priority care.

4. Increase awareness, particularly amongst young mothers, about their basic rights and the situation of their children.
The “Project Help” will be income generating and will empower 80 young women and youth to produce ready-made garments, Batik, tie dye, dressmaking, Kente weaving, hair dressing and food processing such as bread baking.
Young people who do not have access to formal education and training could benefit from learning these skills. This could ultimately fight poverty, streetism, child labor and trafficking, alms begging, children and teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. Their skill and economic stability will bring self-respect, self-reliance, and empowerment to the young men and women involved.
Women and youth helped by the project will also be able to pass on their skills to others.

There is a need for a larger project land to put up a larger structure for future training of the participants, and the training of some trainers who will train others in future. Currently there are over 80 beneficiaries from 21 communities registered for the project, who are desperately in need of training.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

1. Organize and mobilize the target group to empower and support them.
2. Provide access to training grounds and other training facilities

3. Consider the target group for necessary training in various vocational and income generating skills.

4. Arrange and organize appropriate materials and training the trainers who will offer the permanent training at the centre.

5. Assist the group to have access to training equipment, logistics and working tools and facilities to be able to establish own work, and be self-help and self-reliant after their training.

6. If need arise, arrange for resource personnel/facilitators to assist with the training at the centre.

7. Expand, build and equip a larger centre to be able to train a larger number of participants.

8. Evaluate, monitor and audit the project success after one year.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Operating Sewing Materials (start-up bales 2) $ 500.00
Personnel Resource staff (2) $ 400.00
Sewing Machine (4) $1800.00
Embroidering Machine (4) $2000.00 

Over-locking machine (brother) (3) $1600.00
Zigzag Sewing Machine (3) $1500.00
Sewing Machine (singer) (20) $1500.00
Fabric (2 bales), Hydro, Caustic Soda, Vat dyes & Bowls $ 700.00 

Used Computers (2) and one Printer $1000.00
Infrastructure Extension of wooden structure $4000.00
Other Transportation of materials $ 200.00 

Operating Administrative Expenses/Follow-up Evaluation, Monitoring & Audit fees $ 800.00 

TOTAL $16,000.00

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Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Ghana

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Education and training; all (6)


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