Integrated Community Empowerment (INCOME)
The Integrated Community Empowerment (INCOME) program is a CFTC (Canadian Feed The Children) funded program which aims at contributing to the realisation of the global CFTC ultimate outcome of: ‘A world in which children thrive, free from poverty’. The Ghana program however has as an outcome: ‘Children in Vibrant, sustainable communities in Northern Ghana have foundations to build a prosperous future’ and this will be achieved through the realisation of specific sector outcomes;
- Women and Men in project communities are able to meet basic nutritional needs of their families
- Girls and boys in project communities in Northern Ghana have access to quality formal primary and kindergarten education supported by strong community engagement
- Strong, sustainable local organisations drive community development that benefits children in Northern Ghana.
The program which is integrated and is being rolled out in phases; phase one was implemented between January 2013 and December, 2019 in four communities in three districts. These were Sang in the Mion district, Bidima in the West Gonja municipality, Kpachelo and Zoosali in the Savelugu Municipality. Phase two of the program which is currently being implemented cover the period January 2020 to December 2023. Under this phase, a total of 1548 children (Boys = 771 and Girls= 777) in the basic level and 1200 women engaged in crop production, apiculture, rearing of ruminants and the Village Savings and Loans scheme are being supported. The latter set of activities targeting women have been designed to help improve household income levels and ensure biodiversity conservation.
RAINS believes that every child, no matter where they are born, deserves a chance to receive quality education. Thus under the INCOME program, RAINS and CFTC pay particular attention to early childhood development, targeting children from ages four to five years as well as those at the basic school level. This is because though, Early Childhood Education is part of Ghana’s basic education system, this level of education has largely been underserved with teachers, school facilities, teaching and learning materials among others.
The INCOME program is thus contributing toward the following:
- Increase enrolment and retention of children especial girls within its operational communities
- Increase in access to nutritional food at the household level
- Providing alternative sources of income and livelihoods for women and men
- Improving biodiversity and the impacts of Climate change on small holder women farmers
- Canadian Feed The Children
- Ghana Education Service
- Municipal and District Assemblies
- Ghana Health Service
- Ghana Red Cross Society
- Community Stakeholders