The Mehame community has a population of 490. The community resides in the Ahafo Ano South district of Ghana and has been working with ICI since September 2015. There are no schools within the community.
- The closest primary school is 4 km away from the community.
- There is a primary health centre located 16 km away.
- The community has access to a safe water point.
ICI started working with Mehame in September, 2015
- Child labour and child protection awareness sessions were organized for community members.
- A Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) was formed in the community and attended a two-day training to prepare them to lead child labour awareness raising efforts in their community.
- A needs assessment was conducted to identify the livelihood needs for women and households at risk of child labour.
- A Community Service Group was formed to respond to the labour needs of farmers. Once registered they will be trained to enable them to provide assistance to local farmers.
- 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. Women and youth will be trained in vegetable growing and other marketable activities to provide alternative sources of income.
- 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 and moss removal from cocoa trees. These skills will then be applied to assist cocoa farmers, reducing the need to use children as labour.