Kofikrom (Sefwi Wiawso)

About the Community

The community of Kofikrom (Sefwi Wiawso) has a population of 3,713. Within the community there is a kindergarten, a primary school and a junior high school.

  • There is a primary health centre located within Kofikrom.
  • Community members have access to a safe water point.

 

Actions by ICI
  • 22 child labour and child protection awareness raising sessions have been conducted in the community for the benefit of community members and community leaders.
  • A Protective Cocoa Community Framework (PCCF) was used to assess the progress made in Kofikrom 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.
  • The 14 member Community Service Group set up in Kofikrom have farmers in their community to work on their farm which has resulted in earnings of over GHC1,000
  • Organised gender empowerment training for women group members and community leaders to enhance the role of women in community development.
  • 26 participants in Kofikrom enrolled in the second phase of the literacy and numeracy class. They will be taught literacy in English. The participants can now read and understand some simple literacy in ‘Twi’ language and perform simple numeracy.
  • The Income Generating Group (IGA) in the community, made up of 14 women and 1 man, has been supplied with the necessary inputs for the vegetable farm. The 15 beneficiaries made over GHC 20,000 extra income through the sale of their produce.
  • 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.
  • 8 SMC members have been trained on school governance.  This training was facilitated by personnel from the district office of the Ghana Education Service.
  • The capacity of teachers including the headteachers and circuit supervisors have been built 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
  • Implementation of activities from the Community Action Plan is underway.
  • The community has been connected to the national electricity grid by the district.
Partnering with
Actions by ICI
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Classrooms constructed
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CCPC
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Community Service Group
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Community Action Plan
Results
  • The implementation of the CAP led to the construction of a 3 unit classroom block with an office and a storeroom.
  • IGA members have been supported to cultivate vegetable farms.
  • 26 community members, 15 women and 11 men have successfully completed the literacy classes. They can now read and write.
  • Two children between 15 and 17 years are being supported to go through apprenticeship training. The children were supplied with all the required tools as well as the training fee. They are also giving a monthly stipend to support them financially.
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
  • Organise gender training for community and women group leaders.
  • 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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