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Day of the Girl 2021

What girls in Ghana have to say about International Day of the Girl 

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Girls are at the core of so much of what we do at The Hunger Project. 11 October marks International Day of the Girl, a day we celebrate the power, resilience and potential of millions of girls across the world.

We spoke to five girls from Ghana, aged between 13 and 16 about their hopes, dreams and ambitions.  

Faizatu

Faizatu, 16 

How would your friends describe you? 

My friends describe me as humble, intelligent and respectful. 

Who’s been your biggest inspiration in life so far? 

Mr. Michael Peprah (Faizatu’s school principal) is my biggest inspiration.  

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I would like to be a teacher when I grow up, so that I can impart knowledge to the younger generation. 

If you could pass on one message to the world, what would it be? 

I will urge my fellow teenagers especially the girls in the world to stay focus on their studies and say no to teenage pregnancy and drug abuse. 

Polina, 16 

How would your friends describe you? 

My friends describe me now as the bold type and knowledgeable. 

Who’s been your biggest inspiration in life so far? 

My biggest inspiration has been my mother, she is very caring and provides for all my needs.  

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

My vision is to become a pharmacist. I always feel sad when I see people die because they cannot get medication for their illnesses.  

If you could pass on one message to the world, what would it be? 

My message to the world is that we need to work together to end child marriage and child labour now! 

Sarah, 13 

How would your friends describe you? 

My friends see me as someone who encourages them to study and to be educated.  

Who’s been your biggest inspiration in life so far? 

Madam Josephine, who is my class teacher. She inspires me the most and she gives me a lot of encouragement to aspire high and work hard. 

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I aspire to become a lawyer in the future. I always feel happy when I see lawyers in their uniforms. I have pledged to stand for the truth and defend the girl child and more importantly, teenagers who [have been forced] into child labour or have been raped. 

If you could pass on one message to the world, what would it be? 

I would like to use this opportunity to tell the world that parents should encourage girls to go to school and desist from forcing them into apprenticeship against their will. 

Sandra

Sandra, 16 

How would your friends describe you? 

My friends describe me as respectful and hardworking. 

Who has been your biggest inspiration in life so far? 

My biggest inspiration is a musician called Celestine Donkor.  Her lyrics are inspirational and an encouragement to me. 

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I would like to be nurse when I grow up. Taking care of the sick is my passion because I want to care for people and give health education to girls.  

If you could pass on one message to the world, what would it be? 

My message to the world is that parents should treat their children equally, no matter if they are boys or girls. 

Tematey

Tematey, age not given 

How would your friends describe you? 

My friends always describe me as respectful, humble and a decent girl. 

Who’s been your biggest inspiration in life so far? 

My father has always been my biggest inspiration in life. 

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I would love to be nurse in the future, so that I can help people who are sick. 

If you could pass on one message to the world, what would it be? 

One thing I would love to tell the world out there especially my fellow girls is that in every situation choose character over success 

These girls have a hunger for education and for a better future. You can secure a better future for them and millions of other girls around the world by giving to The Hunger Project. Give now.  

 

 

 

 

Highlighting our partnership with Hey Tiger

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From time to time we shine a spotlight on our incredible partners. Today we are highlighting the delicious and generous Hey Tiger chocolate!

Despite the challenges we all faced across 2020, Hey Tiger’s ongoing commitment to The Hunger Project and the work we’re doing with cocoa farming communities in Ghana remains an inspiration to us.

Together with Hey Tiger customers, their total donation to THP is over $400,000. This incredible investment from Hey Tiger and their community continues to empower the Ehiamankyene (pronounced YEAH-MAN-CHE-NE) community to become agents of their own development and lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.

In 2020 alone:

  • Women in the local community have taken up leadership roles through women’s empowerment workshops.
  • Children’s health has been a priority: 734 children were monitored for their weight and nutrition to help prevent malnutrition, 315 children were vaccinated against deadly but preventable diseases and 89 women accessed prenatal services.
  • A local social enterprise has been established by the community and is now up and running, renting out all sorts of items, from marquees and chairs to mattresses and tricycles – the profits from this social enterprise are reinvested back into the community.
  • Knowledge and resources were shared to keep COVID-19 in check including running educational sessions, building handwashing stations, providing 25kg of soap and distributing gloves and masks.

Some messages from our Village Partners in Ghana.

“My children are young. Because of the vision I have for their education, I’ve already started saving for the highest-level education so I can have enough money to support them. Today, I have 700 cedis (190 AUD) already saved in my account.” – Alesia Bua, Ghana

 

“It is my vision that my children will attain the highest level of education and become responsible adults. I owe much gratitude to The Hunger Project for transforming my life.” – Yaw Sekyi, Ehiamankyene community.

Hey Tiger founder Cyan Ta’eed says, “The Hunger Project is an incredible organisation, and I’ve been so impressed with their work. I hope you’ll consider supporting them, especially if you’re passionate about the things that Hey Tiger stands for.”

Rebecka’s business is sending her children to school

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Rebecka is a farmer and mother of five from Boti in Ghana. Rebecka has become an entrepreneur thanks to her partnership with The Hunger Project.

Rebecka participated in the microfinance program implemented in her community by The Hunger Project. Thanks to this program, she was able to take out four different microfinance loans.

With the money from the first loan of 100 cedis (the local currency equivalent to about AUD$22), she took it and invested it in her sustainable palm oil and agriculture farming business. She made a small profit and repaid the loan back quickly.

For her other microfinance loans she was able to buy a motorcycle which she now leases to people in her community. Motorcycles are useful for transport in rural communities and leasing them out allows her to pay off the loans and make some money on the side.

“It’s a big encouragement for me to have my own business. I feel proud to be self-employed and not work for somebody else,” Rebecka said.

Thanks to the money she’s now earning from  her business she can afford to send her children to school. Rebecka has lifted her family out of hunger and with her children attending school they too are keeping themselves out of the cycle of hunger. Her husband has even decided to take part in some of The Hunger Project’s training programs, but she asserts that she is financially independent.

“My husband helps me with my business, but I take care of the money. My money is my money. 

 “I like to be employed by myself, I’m proud of my company,” she said.

Rebecka has bigger dreams and a wider vision for her business. She would like to expand her business in the future to a bigger farm, reaching more communities and she wants to partner with The Hunger Project as she does it

I need to buy larger pots for the palm oil so that I can produce larger quantities. I’m quickly outgrowing myself. When I have paid off the latest loan, I want to take out another microfiance loan, with the lessons I learnt from The Hunger Project, so I can buy more pots.

“My plans now are to expand the business so that I can move from the family farm and build my own house with my husband and our children,” she said.  

Inspired by Rebecka’s story? Invest now and empower more women like Rebecka so they too can lift themselves and their families out of hunger.

Abraham Made His Children A Future

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Abraham Narh is a farmer and father of 8 children from rural Ghana. His children can’t go to school because they need to work on the family farm so they can produce enough crops to sell. This is not the life Abraham wants for his children.

Abraham’s vision was to make a future for his children. After partnering with The Hunger Project he was able to make his vision a reality.

On the farm the family grows corn, cassava, coconut and other vegetables, selling what they can at market. Abraham went to a workshop run by The Hunger Project and he learnt the importance of diversifying the crops he grows.

The THP workshop also taught Abraham about the benefits of microfinance loans, so he took one out at the the local Hunger Project Epicentre.

Using the new skills he learnt at the THP workshop, Abraham has been able to grow his crop yield beyond belief. He now has enough money that he can employ people to work on his farm, and his children can finally go to school.

Abraham has made his vision come to life and he has been able to make a future for his children.

“I want my children to decide their own future for themselves. I wasn’t that privileged, I want it better for my children,” Abraham said.

Invest now in changemakers like Abraham so they can make their vision for the future a reality.

Meet Amina

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Amina used to live in chronic hunger. She could not see any way out of the repetitive daily struggle to survive. She had no hope for the future.

Her life involved spending days gather wood, walking for hours to collect water, and back-breaking work in the fields to try and grow enough food to feed her family. Every day was the same for Amina.

“My children didn’t go to school. Why would they need to go to school just to work in the fields?” Amina said. 

Her life changed because someone like you invested in her. She attended one of The Hunger Project’s Vision, Commitment, Action workshops where Amina learned that she had the power to change her life. For the first time, she created a vision for her future, made a commitment to herself, and learned how to take action and achieve her new visions. 

“Now I have a successful soap making business, I have learned how to grow vegetables and make nutritious meals for my family and I have a beautiful vegetable garden. My children go to school and I work with my husband in his business. Together we make joint decisions about our children and our money,” Amina said. 

Finding her vision for her future, Amina is now committed to helping others in her village achieve their own vision and end their own hunger. Her entire village is being transformed thanks to the partnerships and investments from people like you. 

There are many ways you can partner with people like Amina:

  1. Invest with a one-off or monthly gift 
  2. Share Amina’s story on social media and tag The Hunger Project Australia
  3. Read more about our work in Africa
  4. Learn about our leadership immersion programs to Africa, India and Bangladesh

 

 

 

Training midwife assistants with the Ghana Health Service

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The Hunger Project-Ghana is partnering with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to train Community Health Nurses (CHN) as midwife assistants to address the shortage of midwives at Community Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in three regions across the country.

Supporting rural women and young children is crucial to The Hunger Project’s work, and ensuring safe and adequate maternal care is at the top of our priorities. Ghana’s maternal mortality rate is among the worst in the world, with an average of 300-500 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to 2015 UN data. The shortage of midwives and health services puts pregnant women and their children at heightened risk of delivery complications and mortality.

As part of The Hunger Project’s holistic, women-centred, community-led development methodology, this project supports work in 15 districts across three regions in Ghana – Eastern, Volta and Central – with funding from the Else-Kronner-Fresenius Foundation over the next two years. Communities will work to improve maternal health by providing 24-hour maternal and child care services in sub-districts to address the shortage of midwives.

Across The Hunger Project’s Epicentres in Ghana, community health committees assist in the operation of health clinics, which include pre- and post-natal care services. The health clinics are an integral component of our overall Epicenter Strategy across Africa. During the first three quarters of 2017, over 2,300 women accessed prenatal care at one of our health clinics. More than 11,000 people accessed health services of any kind at one of our clinics.

To learn more about this initiative, see related press coverage here and here.

Post courtesy of The Hunger Project Global Office.