About the Community
The Kwanane community in the Sefwi Wiaso district of Ghana has a population of 704. ICI has been working with the community since September 2015. Within the community there is a kindergarten and a primary school.
- The nearest primary health centre is 4 km away from the Kwanane community.
- The community does not have access to a safe water point.
- Kwanane benefits from canteen services for both government and community members.
Actions by ICI
- Child protection and awareness raising sessions have been held with community members
- A Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) has been set up Kwanane.
- Development of Community Action Plan by CCPC members (CAP)
- A community service group has been set up in Kwanane. Once trained, the members of the group provide assistance to farmers to reduce the need to use children as labour.
- In mid-2016, three classrooms were built in the community to improve the teaching and learning environment.
Actions by ICI
- Training: CCPC members will be trained on how to implement the CAP and on child labour monitoring.
- Women’s empowerment: Women’s groups will be formed to build leadership skills and enhance the role of women in community development.
- 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.
- Child Protection Clubs: Clubs will be formed to build upon awareness of child protection and child rights.
- Community Service Groups: Members will receive training on farm sanitation including weeding, pruning, moss removal from cocoa trees. These skills will then be applied to assist cocoa farmers, reducing the need to use children as labour.