About the Community
Asikasu is a Ghanaian community with a population of 1302. The community has a kindergarten, a primary school and a junior high school.
- There is no primary health centre within the community. The closest is 7 km away.
- The community has a safe water point.
Actions by ICI
- Carried out community needs assessment using the Protective Cocoa Community Framework (PCCF) approach.
- 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.
- 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) developed by the community is ongoing. CAP has resulted in a resident nurse been posted to the community to manage the Community Health Post (CHP) there.
- CCPC members and community leaders have been trained on resource mobilization towards CAP implementation.
- The School Management Committee (SMC) has been strengthened to increase child protection.
- Awareness raising focusing on the definition of a child, child work, child labour, key hazardous activities and importance of education was held by the CCPC at women group meetings, cocoa society meetings, community-wide meetings, churches, mosques and hamlets in and around the community.
- A five member Community Service Group (CSG) has been formed, trained and equipped to provide labour services to farmers. They serve as an alternative to using children for hazardous labour and child labour activities.
- 13 women have been supported to carry out vegetable and maize Income Generating Activity (IGA) with seedlings, agro-chemicals and extension services.
- A Community protective assessment has been carried out using the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey and PCCF to aid in determining the level of protection of children and assess the knowledge of community members on child protection.
- Community Needs Assessment conducted using Protective Cocoa Community Framework.
- 30 community members and leaders have been trained in gender empowerment and sensitivity, record keeping; financial and conflict management; savings; and occupational health and safety.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.
- A Child Protection Club has been formed in the community with a membership of 34 girls and boys.
Actions by ICI
Community Action Plan
Community Service Group
Income Generating Activity
- The women who were supported to engage in IGA made a total income of GHC19070 from the sale of their produce.This money was used to support their children and re-invested into the business to sustain it.
- Conduct PCCF data collection to assess 2017 progress.
- Conduct graduation or exit PCCF
- Organize meetings with community leaders and one community-wide exit meeting to formally close the project.
- Train CCPCs and community leaders on formulation of community rules and regulation to protect children
- Women empowerment: Collect Mtool and IGA data in 2018, to assess progress made towards child protection
- Community Child Protection Committees: Organize refresher trainings for CCPC using KAP survey results, and project ownership and sustainability
- Conduct monthly monitoring to assess the progress of the livelihood activities
- Education: Build the capacity of teachers including the headteachers and circuit supervisors on child protection and child rights and friendly school environment.
- Meeting with Ghana Education Service (GES) District Directors and officers and parents of JHS 3 students and SMCs/PTAs to discuss the importance of secondary education.
- Train child protection club members on health and safety, personal hygiene as well as reproductive health.