The Bonkron community has a population of 616 and resides in the Ahafo Ano South district of Ghana. Within the community there is a kindergarten and a primary school.
- The closest primary health centre is 5km from Bonkron.
- There is safe water point located nearby this community.
ICI has been working with the community since September 2015.
- Child labour and child protection awareness raising sessions were organised for community leaders and community members.
- A Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) has been set up in the community. Members received a two-day training to allow them take the lead in awareness raising activities within the community. The CCPC members have also been provided with basic logistical tools to allow them to carry out their tasks.
- A Community Service Group has been set up in Bonkron. The group is comprised of local youth who will receive training in farming techniques. By assisting local farmers for a fee, the group helps to reduce the need for child labour on cocoa farms.
- Needs assessments have been carried out to identify livelihood needs for women and households at risk of child labour.
- Development of Community Action Plans (CAPs)
- A Community Service Group was also formed in the Bonkron. This group consists of local youth who are trained in farming techniques to enable them assist local farmers, reducing the need for child labour.
- Conducting of community Needs Assessment using the Protective Cocoa Community Framework (PCCF). This framework helps ICI to assess how the child-centered the community has become after ICI intervention.
- CCPC members trained on effective CAP implementation and child labour monitoring.
- The community has commenced JHS level and constructed one classroom with wood. Two teachers have been posted to the school by the GES.
- A year long non-formal classes have commenced for women groups members, youth and older children who are not in school, allowing them to learn basic numeracy and literacy skills. This started in November, 2016.
- CCPC, CSG and Women group members and community leaders trained on group dynamism and conflict management. This is to help the various groups understand conflict situations and how to handle and resolve them.
- Training: Train CCPCs and community leaders on formulation of community rules and regulation to protect children.
- Organize refresher training for CCPC members on ICI training tool to continue awareness raising and extend it to hamlet communities.
- Train CCPC members on the tool for identification of children engaged in or at risk of child labour and remediation strategy.
- Women’s empowerment: Gender empowerment training to be held for community leaders as well as women in leadership position to pave way for women to participate actively in community decision making and community development.
- Guide IGA members to select marketable ventures for support.
- Organize relevant and appropriate occupational health and safety training for IGA members.
- 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.
- Build the capacity of teachers including head teachers and circuit supervisors on child protection, child rights and the importance of having a friendly school environment.
- Meet with GES (District Directors, School placement officers and Examination officers), parents with children in JHS 3 and SMCs/PTAs to discuss the importance of secondary education.
- Child Protection Clubs: Train child protection club members on health and safety, personal hygiene as well as reproductive health.
- Conduct PCCF to assess progress made.
- Conduct Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) sample-survey at the community level to assess the level of knowledge of awareness raising of community members.
- Community Service Groups: Train group members on farm sanitation including weeding, pruning and moss removal from cocoa trees. These skills will then be applied to assist cocoa farmers, reducing the need to use children as labour.