About the Community
The community of Abonponsu has a population of 1231. There are no schools within the community and it is 3 km to the nearest primary school.
- There is no primary health centre in the community, the closest is 3 km away.
- There is a safe water point within the community.
Actions by ICI
- Awareness raising focusing on the definition of a child, child work, child labour, key hazardous activities and importance of education was held by the CCPCs at women groups meeting, cocoa society meetings, community-wide meetings, churches, mosques and hamlets in and around the community.
- Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) members have been trained on the tool for identifying children at risk of child labour and the remediation packages available for identified children and their households.
- Implementation of Community Action Plan (CAP) is ongoing. CAP has been integrated into the plans of the assembly as a sustainability measure.
- A Community protective assessment has been carried out using the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey and Protective Cocoa Community Framework (PCCF) to aid in determining the level of protection of children and assess the knowledge of the community members on child protection.
- A 5 member Community Service Groups (CSG) has been established in the community. They continue to undertake labour services for cocoa farmers for a fee. Key activities undertaken by the CSG in the period were, spraying of agro-chemicals, pruning of cocoa farms and weeding.
- Community Needs Assessment conducted using Protective Cocoa Community Framework.
- 10 women have been supported to carry out vegetable IGA. They were supported with seedlings, agro-chemicals and extension services.
- Gender empowerment training was organised for selected women and men in leadership position. This was to make way for women to actively participate in community decision making and community development.
- The community was supported to develop sustainability plan to guide their development after ICI’s exit.
Actions by ICI
Community Action Plan
Income Generating Group
Community Service Group
A Kindergarten is being set up
- The Community Service Groups (CSG) established in the community have total earned GHC3,280.
- The women who were supported to engage in vegetable and maize IGA have increased their earnings from GHC3,000 to GHC6,680 from the sale of their produce.
- With the assistance of the Municipal Assembly, the community has completed a portable water project.
- The community has also carried out maintenance work on their older portable water source.
- The community is also liaising with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Government to start a Kindergarten benefiting from the school feeding programme.
- The community has been supported to set up an information center to facilitate awareness raising.