The Abonse community resides in the Sefwi Wiawso administrative district of Ghana. The community has a population of 683. Within this community there is a kindergarten and a primary school.
- There is a primary health care centre 3km away from the community.
- The community has access to a safe water point.
ICI has been working with this community since September 2015.
- As an initial step ICI conducted awareness raising on child labour and child protection. Using ICI’s government approved training materials, which consist of a manual, posters and illustrated books, community members were shown the harm that child labour can cause.
- A Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) has been set up in Abonse. The members of the CCPC received training and equipment to enable them to continue raising awareness of child labour, both house-to-house and in the areas surrounding the community.
- CCPC members led a community wide meeting to discuss action points. These have been developed into a Community Action Plan (CAP), which lays out Abonse’s plan of development.
- Implementation of the CAP has led to the construction of a new classroom in the local school to provide better teaching and learning conditions, to ensure children receive an education.
- Training: CCPC members will be trained on how to implement the CAP and on child labour monitoring.
- Women’s empowerment: Women’s 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.