Integrated Community Empowerment (INCOME)
The INCOME program is a
CFTC (Canadian Feed The Children) funded program that spans between
2013 - 2015. The CFTC Ghana program has an intended outcome which is: ‘Children in
Vibrant, sustainable communities in Northern Ghana have foundations to build a
prosperous future’. The program which is integrated in nature is being implemented
in four communities (two districts, Mion & West Gonja and one municipality-Savelugu)
in Northern Ghana namely; Bidima, Sang, Kpachilo and Zosali communities. The program
is currently supporting one thousand and fifty four (as of 2013 academic year)
school children at the basic level and 240 women smallholder farmers in all four
beneficiary communities. The 2014 implementing year has also seen the introduction
of apiculture and the livestock revolving scheme to further improve income
levels and Biodiversity (BIB) in the project communities.
CFTC as a child focused international development
organisation working in Ghana believes that every child, no matter where they
are born, deserves a chance to receive quality education.
This vision falls in line with RAINS' strategic objective of child rights promotion and protection.
Thus under the INCOME program, CFTC in collaboration with RAINS pays particular attention to early
childhood development, targeting children from age four to five years as well
as those at the basic school level. Early childhood education has largely been
lacking teachers, school facilities and teaching and learning materials
among others. Thus justifying the need for CFTC/RAINS's role in providing a good start
for children in their future education endeavours.
The rationale for focusing on food
security by CFTC/RAINS for the period 2013-2015 is in fulfilment of CFTC’s
vision of a world in which children thrive, free of poverty. This program also
aligns with the government of Ghana and CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency)
strategies of improving food security among households, most especially in Northern Ghana,
where access to enough food, by all people at all times for an active, healthy life
remains a huge challenge. Addressing the livelihood needs, particularly women in the four
identified communities to help cater for the needs of their children is a component of
the project. This is intended to address issues of agricultural productivity and food
security needs of communities, particularly children. It will also help to promote
women’s participation in household and community decision-making putting them in a
better standing to protect their children.
Thus the program is working around the following areas:
1. Strengthening educational structures at the community levels to engage the necessary actors in quality education delivery
2. Capacity building of community stakeholders on advocacy and lobbying on issues concerning education, food security among others
3. Support smallholder farmers especially women with the requisite skills and some farm inputs
4. Promote quality teaching and learning in basic schools thus providing the necessary inputs
5. Improve the infrastructural status as well as the quality of teachers in beneficiary schools. etc