Akrofoum

About the Community

Akrofoum is a community in the Assin South district of Ghana. According to the community register the population is 2152, of which 1,249 are children. Akrofoum has a kindergarten, a primary school and  a junior high school. The closest senior high school is 11 km away.

  • The community does not have a primary health care centre. It is located 2 km away.
  • The community has access to a safe water point.

The community has been working with ICI since September 2015.

Actions by ICI
  • Child labour and child protection awareness raising sessions have been organized for community leaders and community members.
  • Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) members have been trained on the tool for identifying children at risk of child labour and remediation packages available for identified children and their households.
  • Implementation of Community Action Plan (CAP) is underway with active participation of community members and the Municipal assembly.
  • Community protective assessment data collection was carried out in the community to aid in determining the level of protection of children and the community members’ knowledge, attitude and practice towards children.
  • Needs assessments were undertaken to identify the livelihood needs of women and households at risk of child labour.
  • A Community Service Group in the community is still providing labour services to farmers. The group has invested GHC2210 through their work
  • 27 beneficiaries made up of 25 women and 2 men are undertaking literacy and numeracy classes. This is being carried out in collaboration the Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) in the district.
  • Community Needs Assessment has been conducted using the Protective Cocoa Community Framework (PCCF) approach.
  • Livelihood support through vegetable IGA has been provided for 17 women and 1 man in the community in okro, pepper and ginger production.
  • Training on record keeping, savings, financial and conflict management, occupational health and safety have been given to IGA members to build their capacity.
  • 8 SMC members in the community have been trained on school governance.
  • Child Protection Club (CPC) members in the community participated in a quiz in Assin Fosu on child protection and child rights.
Micro Projects
Partnering with
Actions by ICI
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Income Generating Group
Results
  • 6 children made up of  4 girls and 2 boys) have been enrolled in vocational training. They were supported with the required tools, enrollment fees and are also receiving monthly stipends.
  • 18 beneficiaries engaged in vegetable IGA have made GHc8100 extra income from the sale of their produce.
  • The parents of 2 children identified to be at risk of child labour have been absolved into the IGA programme
Next Steps
  • Conduct Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) survey to assess the level of knowledge of awareness raising of community members
  • Collect Mtool and IGA data to assess progress made towards child protection
  • Conduct PCCF data collection for 2017 progress
  • Conduct graduation or exit PCCF
  • Provide monthly stipends to 2017  beneficiaries of apprenticeship programme
  • Training: Organize 1 day residential training for child protection club coordinators on child protection and facilitation of club activities.
  • Organize refresher trainings for CCPC/SMC using KAP survey results, and project ownership and sustainability
  • Conduct SMC training on management efficiency
  • Organize 3 meetings with community leaders and one community-wide exit meeting to formally close the project.
  • Provide basic educational needs to  children identified to be at risk of child labour or dropped-out from school  to enroll/return to schools as a remediation measure 
  • Provide ‘graduation package’ to the community
  • Provide IGA support to women whose children will be identified as at risk of child labour
  • Facilitate the availability of a Crop Extension officer from Department of agriculture or technical officer to provide technical services to the group. 
  • Conduct monthly monitoring to assess the progress of the livelihood activities.
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