CCFC holds Open Day with stakeholders

BY: Samuel Duodu
Mr George Baiden (right) speaking at the stakeholders’ forum.
Mr George Baiden (right) speaking at the stakeholders’ forum.

 Samuel Duodu Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), a child-centred international non-governmental organisation (NGO), has held its annual CCFC Open Day in Tamale to interact with stakeholders, partners and the media on its work in Ghana.

The annual event also became a period of accountability for the organisation to present its strategic direction, achievements and challenges to stakeholders and the media and also to solicit for ideas to improve their work.

 The Country Director of CCFC, Mr George Baiden, said the organisation believed that every child must have a voice and the ability to achieve his/her full potential and that could happen by creating a future of hope for children, families and communities by helping them to develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice.

He said as part of its child-sponsorship programme, the organisation had sponsored more than 25,000 children and a number of them had become responsible adults working in various fields, adding that in the last two years, CCFC had been proud to assist children and communities in various ways by improving water systems, using solar energy at Kpakikpaba, Wantugu and Kasuliyili and also inaugurated water systems at Zarkoli in the Yendi District.

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He said the provision of school blocks at Kpinchilla, Bongnayili and Zawgyuri would significantly increase children’s access to education, as well as quality teaching and learning in early childhood care and primary education.

Maternal/child healthcare

He added that women and the youth were also part of their target, hence the introduction of Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and Youth Savings and Loans Associations (YSLA) to expose the youth to the culture of savings to improve their livelihood.

He said in the health sector, CCFC, through its Promoting Maternal Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Efforts (PROMISE) project, was making strides as it was addressing issues of maternal and infant mortality at Savelugu, Soboba, and Nanumba North and South, in addition to contributing to improvement in service delivery.

Challenges

Mr Baiden said one key challenge facing CCFC was the issue of dwindling resources which called for realistic and objective analysis of current situation in order to adapt and find innovative ways of seeking resources to attend to the needs of the underprivileged.

He called on the youth and the media to join hands with the organisation in creating platforms for advancing ideas and plans for the development of children, women and all needy people in the society.