Dossi

About the Community

Residing in the Assin South district of Ghana, the Dossi community has a population of 519. The community has a kindergarten, primary school and a junior high school.

  • The closest primary health centre is 1.5km away from Dossi.
  • The community has access to a safe water point.

ICI has been working with the community since September 2015.

Actions by ICI
  • Ten awareness raising sessions were organised on hazardous  labour with community members and community leaders.
  • A Protective Cocoa Community Framework (PCCF) was used to assess the progress made in Dossi towards child protection since the inception of the project. Information was gathered on community access to services such as child protection, education, community development and women empowerment.
  • Needs assessments were conducted in the community to identify livelihood needs of women and households at risk of child labour.
  • Child Protection Club (CPC) formed to build upon awareness of child protection and child rights.
  • A Community Service Group has been set up in Dossi with 20 members. The service group provides labour to farmers to reduce the need to use children on cocoa fields.
  • Organised gender empowerment training for women group members and community leaders to enhance the role of women in community development.
  • The Income Generating Group (IGA) in the community, made up of 16 women and 4 men, has been supplied with a gari processing machine.
  • Forty-four (44) people made up of CCPC, CSG and Women group members and some community leaders were trained on group dynamism and conflict management.
  • Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) survey has been conducted to assess the level of knowledge of awareness raising of community members
  • CCPC members have been trained on the tool for identification of children engaged in or at risk of child labour and remediation strategy available for these children and their families.
  • A refresher training has also been organized for CCPC members on ICI training tools to continue awareness raising and extend it to hamlet communities.
  • Trainings on record keeping, savings, financial and conflict management, occupational health and safety were also organize for IGA and community service group members to build their capacity.
  • 5 SMC members have been trained on school governance.  This training was facilitated by personnel from the district office of the Ghana Education Service.
  • Built the capacity of teachers including the headteachers and circuit supervisors on child protection and child rights and the need for a school friendly environment.
  • Child Protection Clubs (CPC) members have been trained on health and safety, personal hygiene and reproductive health
  • Community Service Groups members have been trained on farm sanitation including weeding, pruning, moss removal from cocoa trees. These skills have been applied to assist cocoa farmers towards reducing the need to use children as labourers. the group has earned money through their work and even invested their earnings.
  • The CCPCs, Community leaders and unit committee members have been supported to formulate rules and regulations to make the community protective for children. These rules have been adopted by the communities and are being implemented.
Partnering with
Actions by ICI
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New classrooms
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Community Action Plan
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CCPC
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Income Generating Group
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Community Service Group
Results
  • The implementation of the CAP led to the construction of two classrooms, with an office and a storeroom.
  • Cassava planting materials were provided to the Dossi Income Generating Group. This will help the group to have a reliable raw material to make gari (a popular source of food made from cassava tubers).
  • The IGA group has been supported with a gari processing machine.
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  in to assess progress made towards child protection
  • Conduct PCCF data collection for 2017 progress
  • Conduct graduation or exit PCCF
  • Provide monthly stipends to identified children at risk of child labour learning 2017  apprenticeship beneficiaries
  • Training: Organize 2 days 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
  • 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 
  • Organize meetings with community leaders and one community-wide exit meeting to formally close the project.
  • IGA support for women whose children will be identified as at risk of child labour
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