Canada’s Christian Children Fund commended for Ghana works

market1The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has been commended for supporting the Yendi Area Child Development Programme (YACDP) with funds through Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services (AGREDS) Ghana.

The support covers water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS education, gender and child protection, micro enterprise development programme and strengthening community organizations in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region.

Mr George Maalug Kombian, Programme Coordinator of YACDP, commended the Canadian Christian Children’s Fund during the annual media day review meeting of YACDP.

Mr Kombian said in 2012, the programme intervention areas included investing in safe drinking water and sanitation resulting in a massive reduction of diseases and sickness.

Two water harvesting tanks had been constructed in Zugu and Adibo serving over 1,000 school children while pregnant women and breast feeding mothers were provided with insecticide treated mosquito nets among other things.

Mr Kombian said under Sustainable Livelihood Development for the year under review, a total of GH¢17,200 micro enterprise development loans were disbursed to 57male and 172 female clients.

Touching on loan management, he said Micro Enterprise Programme in YACDP was community based and it was designed to provide training in micro enterprise sales and credit loans for clients in Adibo, Zugu, Gbungbalga and Kpachiyili.

Mr Kombian said clients had received loans ranging from GH¢100.00 to GH¢200.00 to start and expand income generating activities.

He noted that under education, three classroom blocks had been completed in Kpachiyilli while an Early Child Development Centre and three-classroom block had been constructed for Gbungbaligaas well as a junior high school which was at the lintel level.

He said 12 children had been provided with scholarship for admission into the senior high school.

Mr Kombian said the YACDP aimed at promoting the holistic development of children in the Yendi Municipality by providing and enhancing the child’s access to education, recreation, healthcare, good nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation, life skills, information and other child’s support services in partnership with families and local and international organizations.

He said the aim was to ensure that every child in the Yendi Municipality grew up in love with the opportunity to attain their fullest potentials.

Mr Kombian said 20 teachers from the area received ICT training with refresher courses for 25 primary school teachers while 20 teachers from early child development centres also had training in lesson note writing.

He said YACDP faced challenges such as inadequate infrastructure to enhance increase in school enrolment and old vehicles.

He said the YACDP was grateful and highly appreciative of the support of AGREDS Management for the encouragement during the year under review.

Source: GNA

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