Ghana project update

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“Praise be to God, Africa has been less affected by the pandemic than many other parts of the world. We are very thankful that we have been able to keep our practical peacemaking projects running throughout the year.

Our team remains strong and in good health. We continue to hold daily devotions and share meals together, and our team has been able to resume one-to-one community visits in pairs, one from each side of the ethnic divide.

As restrictions continue to lift, I am very much looking forward to our year-end community meetings when we will bring together groups from both sides to share stories and experiences and celebrate our friendships together!”

Desmond Mpabe, Team Leader, Ghana                                                                                   

Agriculture

Our animal rearing and crop farming groups bring together people together from both sides while helping households to diversify their income and food chains. It was another highly successful year for our animal groups and we formed 3 new ones.

Although drought has affected some crops such as maize and groundnuts this year, the rice, soya bean and cassava harvests have been healthy!

Savings and loan groups

Our susu self-help groups enable former enemies together to save and borrow together to support their households and microbusinesses. This project continues to thrive and the groups are very happy that we found ways to continue weekly meetings throughout the pandemic!

We now have 602 members across 7 locations and our two new trade groups, which receive larger loans to enable them to do business across the ethnic divide, are doing well.

Sanitation and hygiene 

We made audio recordings in two local languages to help people learn about the Coronavirus, counter widespread misinformation and stay safe – which they told us was very helpful. We installed Veronica Buckets in several communities – a clever Ghanaian invention that allows people to wash their hands in the absence of running water. We also provided locally-made reusable face masks to our groups as well as gloves.

Our work building toilets in villages continues at a healthy pace and we organised several village clean-ups, involving enthusiastic local children!

Natural medicine

Our main development this year was the launch of a new project to help communities tackle child malnourishment, which affects one in every three children in Northern Ghana. The project has started well, bringing families from different ethnic backgrounds for training together, followed by regular progress meetings which allow them to build longer-term supportive relationships across the divides.

So far, we have partnered with 18 children and mothers are engaging positively, although we pray for more support from fathers and guidance on how we can reach more remote households. 

Animal health 

CHIPS trains and mobilises Community Animal Health Workers on both sides of the ethnic divide. They continued to protect livelihoods this year by treating large numbers of sick animals and vaccinating them against common diseases such as Newcastle Disease.

We currently have 17 active workers, and most were able to join us for refresher training in the autumn. As this project is very sustainable and easily ‘scalable’, we are now seeking funding to extend it to the neighbouring region, where there is a great need for support.

Beekeeping 

Our four beekeeping groups train and support mixed-tribe groups to harvest honey and generate a new source of income.

It was a slower year for this project, and two of the groups have not
recently had harvests due to invasion by lizards, forcing the hives to be relocated. However, group members live in the same area and often continue to hunt and work together.

Read more project updates in our latest impact report here!