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World Vision launches $90 million five-year strategy

BY: Pacome Emmanuel Damalie
Baba Mahama, a former Board Chairman of the WVG, addressing the gathering at the launch of World Vision Ghana's 2021-2025 strategy
Baba Mahama, a former Board Chairman of the WVG, addressing the gathering at the launch of World Vision Ghana's 2021-2025 strategy

The World Vision Ghana (WVG) has budgeted over US$ 90 million to positively make an impact in the lives of 3.3 million vulnerable boys and girls within five years.

Known as a new five-year strategy programme to help protect and address the needs of vulnerable children in the country, it is expected to run from 2021 to 2025.

It is on the theme: "Accelerating our commitment to most vulnerable children".

Explaining the details of the strategy at the launch in Accra, the National Director of WVG, Dickens Thunde, indicated that the programme would be executed under three main technical programmes.

He named the programmes as Livelihood Improvement and Family Empowerment (LIFE); Healthy Environment and Wellness (HEAL) and Reading Improvement and Skills Enhancement (Rise).

Mr Thunde added that the LIFE programme aimed at "building and maintaining positive and peaceful relationship for one million vulnerable girls and boys within families and communities by 2025".

The HEAL programme also sought to "increase the protection of one million most vulnerable girls and boys from infection and diseases through improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and healthcare services as well as interventions by 2025.

Mr Thunde explained that the RISE programme, on the other hand, had been designed to help "1.3 million vulnerable children of school age thrive and able to read to comprehend grade-level text by 2025".

On the geographical coverage of the programme, he indicated that the 2021-2025 strategy programme would be implemented in "over 600 communities from 50 districts across 14 out of the 16 administrative regions (Western and Bring Ahafo Region excluded)".

Appeal

The National Director of WVG appealed to other social intervention groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporate institutions, government and other stakeholders to support the initiative in whatever capacity to better the lives of the vulnerable children in the country.

Government Commitment

Addressing the gathering, the Deputy Minister for Children Gender and Social Protection, Lariba Zuweira Abudu, said government was committed to addressing children’s vulnerability which existed in many forms including disparities between rural and urban communities.

She indicated that eliminating those vulnerabilities that threatened the basic survival of children was crucial on the government's agenda under the auspices of her ministry.

Commendation

In a remark, a former Board Chairman of the World Vision Ghana, Baba Mahama, who launched the strategy lauded the WVG for its initiative and urged other bodies to emulate it.

He specifically indicated that the open arms policy the WVG had helped it embrace ideas from other bodies in the implementation of its projects and deserved commendation.

“They have demonstrated an attitude of co-petitioning to address the challenges confronting the society instead of seeing these initiatives as a competition with other groups,” he said.