Saakrom is a community in the Atwima Mponua district of Ghana. The community has an estimated population of 1151. A kindergarten, primary school and senior high school are all located within the community. The closest senior high school is 38 km away.
- The community has a primary health centre.
- Saakrom also has a safe water point which is within a five minute walk.
- There are also sanitation services available to community members.
ICI has been working with the community since September 2015.
- Child labour and child protection awareness raising has been conducted in the community with the participation of community members and leaders.
- A Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC) has been formed. Members receive a two-day training which prepares them to lead awareness raising in their community.
- A Community Action Plan has been developed with the active participation of community members.
- Needs assessment has been conducted to identify livelihood needs of women and households at risk of child labour.
- A Community Service Group has been set up in Saakrom. The members of this group provide labour to local farmers to reduce the need to use child labour in cocoa fields.
- Interested women and men have been supported to start additional income activities in soap making and vegetable cultivation
- Fifteen (15) CCPC, CSG and Women group members and community leaders were trained on group dynamism and conflict management. This is to help them have a better understanding of conflict and how to handle and resolve such situations.
- A 3 classroom block with office and storeroom has been completed for the school
- Training: CCPC members will be trained on how to implement the CAP and on child labour monitoring.
- Women’s empowerment: Gender empowerment training for women and community leaders
- 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.
- Meet with GES (District Directors, School placement officers and Examination officers), parents who wards are in JHS 3 and SMCs/PTAs to discuss the importance for their children to continue to secondary education.
- Build the capacity of teachers including the headteachers and circuit supervisors on child protection and child rights and school friendly environment
- 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.
- Organize relevant and appropriate occupational health and safety training for IGA members