posted by: Justice Atiim on January 10, 2019

As we begin another year, we would like to reflect on some of our accomplishments over the past year and thank the many people who supported and enabled us to do the work that we do.

In 2018, we saw projects draw to a close and new projects begin. We welcomed new people to our organization—interns, volunteers, and staff. We had partner organizations visit from various countries, such as Denmark and the United Kingdom. Our staff have also travelled to attend workshops to improve their knowledge on development, not only within Ghana but outside—including to Benin, Uganda, and the United States.

We are excited about the new projects that came to life this year. This includes: Sewoh, a programme on promoting the use and revival of indigenous seeds; Community Action and Support for Education, which continues off the work of the now retired Childhood Regained Project to create sustainable development in rural communities; Enhancing Social Inclusion In Local Governance, which advocates for the inclusion of women, youth, ethnic minorities, and disabled peoples to participate in local governance; and, most recently, Strategic Approaches to Girls Education, a five year project that works to protect and empower girls.

We are also inspired by the continued progress of our older programmes. The communities that our Integrated Community Empowerment Programme is in are taking initiative and striving for their own development. Our School Gardens for Students Programme, due its success in its first phase, is now in its second phase and is promoting participatory teaching and learning by building gardens and training teachers in six schools.

In all our work our aim is to do what is most important to us: empowering the lives of vulnerable people in Northern Ghana. In a rapidly changing and complex world—with things such as climate change impacting historically marginalized groups even more—it is critical that we continue to create opportunities for them. We hope to see Northern Ghana as a place with gender equality, children’s rights, quality education, climate change resilience, and livelihood opportunities for all.

From creation of village saving and loans associations, to organizing indigenous seed fairs, to facilitating participatory teaching methodology workshops, to food demonstrations, and much, much, more, RAINS was very busy last year. We could not have done it without our many donors, partners, and volunteers, and to them we are incredibly grateful.

2019 promises to be just as fruitful, and we have recommitted ourselves to the successful implementation of our programmes as we strive for a just society that leaves no one behind.

Happy New Year!