Childhood Regained Project
Childhood Regained Project (CRP) focuses on reducing child labour and exploitation, as there are many children in rural communities in northern Ghana who are engaged in hazardous labour or at risk of migrating to the south of the country in search of livelihood options to supplement the incomes of their famillies or basically fend for themselves. CRP strategy therefore seeks to empower local community structures in order to effect positive change which willl go along way to enrich the lives of beneficiaries and communities. The project serves Naryoku and Daboya no. 2 in the West Mampurisi District and Nanton–Kurugu and Zokuga in the Savelugu-Nanton Municipality.
The implementation of this project is supported in these four communities by 72 volunteers recruited to act as caretakers and resource persons to the three direct beneficiaries of the project, namely the stars (children in school), the eagles (school dropouts) and the lahingos(Women Groups).
The Star Clubs target only children who are in school. They meet 3 times a week, where they carry out a range of activities such as learning the normal school subjects, traditions of their land, drama and engaging in sporting activities. The essence of this is to keep their interest in school. Alongsidse the normal activities, children receive extra tuition on difficult subjects from teachers in the local schools. Children are provided with uniforms, bags, sports kits and other teaching and learning materials. They are also sensitized on issues of child rights and sexual health; inter-communities’ sports activities are organised to provide room for children to play. Lastly a bike bank has been set up in the communities of Nanton-Kurugu and Zokuga, where childen have to travel many miles to get to Junior High School.
This club is for children of school going age but are out of school for a number of reasons, such as being unable to afford the basic needs such as uniform and sandals. Eagle Clubs are engaged in the same club activities as Star Clubs, but meet 5 times a week. Sensitisation lessons are also given, in addition to the provision of uniforms and other teaching and learning materials.
Women are also put into groups called ‘Lahingos’. It is believed that women are the first primary caregivers of children and for that matter to work effectively in addressing issues confronting children, women to a greater extent must be targeted. Some amount of money has been advanced to these women to enable them engage in some form of businesses in order to increase their economic agency and be able to take care of their children. This service has also allowed the the women to engage in farming activities, with advocacy support from RAINS to help them acquire land from their husbands and families. A grinding mill service was also provided to the communities, as well as sensitisation lessons.