The Abease community resides in the Assin North district of Ghana and has a population of 427. Within the community there is a kindergarten and a primary school.
- The nearest primary health care center is 5km away.
- There is also a safe water point within the community.
ICI has been working with Abease since September 2015.
- Awareness raising sessions on child labour and child protection have been organised for community leaders and community members. These sessions are important as they inform those in attendance of the dangers of child labour. This is a core element of ICI’s entry into a community.
- A Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) has been set up and provided with training on awareness raising. CCPC members are tasked with providing house-to-house awareness raising within their community.
- Following the awareness raising sessions a community wide meeting was held and a Community Action Plan (CAP) produced.
- In April 2016, women in the community of Abease received agricultural training. This included induction to best practices in farming, land preparation and nursery raising. 28 women in this community were involved and 39 acres of rice were planted.
- A Community Service Group has been set up to assist local farmers with laborious work, reducing their need to use children in the field. The group in Abease currently has 16 members.
- Training: CCPC members will be trained on how to implement the CAP and on child labour monitoring.
- Womens empowerment: Womens groups will be formed to build leadership skills and enhance the role of women in community development.
- Education: Non-formal classes will be organised for women groups’ youth and older children who are not in school, allowing them to learn basic numeracy and literacy skills.
- Child Protection Clubs: Clubs will be formed to build upon awareness of child protection and child rights.
- Community Service Groups: Members will receive training on farm sanitation including weeding, pruning, moss removal from cocoa trees. These skills will then be applied to assist cocoa farmers, reducing the need to use children as labour.