There is an increase demand for the need to empower women. This call has sustained due to an appreciation to the myriad roles that women play at family, household, and community level towards national development. Despite efforts by the international community to fight inequalities and poverty, data available still suggests that there is more incidence of poverty in women than their male counterpart and that the severity of poverty rate higher in women than men. Beacon of Hope Foundation (BOHF) locating the urgency to empower women and their entrepreneurial skills or capacities, initiated a project dubbed “BOHF Skills Training Program.” The program was organized on July and participants included Persons with Disability (PWD), the youth, struggling or single mothers, and poor families from communities in Accra and its environs. The program featured courses such as beaded making, Ice cream making/yoghurt making, hair shampoo and conditioner making, floor cleaner, Floral arrangement, décor, fruit juice making, shower gel for bath, Fashion designing, dressmaking, automotive repairs, catering (baking of all types, food preparation both local and continental), slipper or shoe making, hair dressing, make-up artistry and barbering. In a country, Ghana, with high unemployment rates and volatile economic condition, the program equipped graduates with skills to help them attain a stable financial independence through self-employment. It was organized on the basis that when these graduates have a reliable source of income, they can take part of themselves, provide for their family’s needs and better protect themselves, their families, and their communities. Globally, Covid-19 has had considerable impact on businesses forcing companies to lay off workers. As a result, more than half on the world’s 3.3 billion work stand at risk of losing their livelihood. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) during the first month of the crisis the effects from the pandemic resulted in a drop of 60% in the income of the informal workers globally. BOHF understanding Article 26 of the UDHR which states that “Everyone has the right to education and that such right should be directed to the full development of the human personality, and the strengthening of the respect for human rights and fundamental freedom...,” the not-for-profit organization has located threats that the conditions of these families will have on the education of their wards. The condition of these families has higher chances of increasing school drop outs rate, poverty rate, teenage pregnancies, and Sexually Transmitted Disease, to mention but a few.
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Even though Ghana is struggling to fight poverty, there is the need for all stakeholders to be collaborative. Beacon of Hope Foundation thus is initiating a project dubbed GIVEWELL. The project seeks to solicit funds from well-wishers, individuals, companies or organizations who believe in the need to empower women towards the achievement of self-independence. Self-independence among women is critical to their self-development and well-being. BOHF is looking out for givers who believe that no matter what life presents, everyone must live in happiness and an environment which offers equal chance for self-development for all despite age, religion, race, culture and origin.
The objectives for the project is outlined below
1. To create an environment where women can thrive.
2. To reduce poverty.
3. To reduce unemployment rate in Ghana.
4. To change the narrative about women.
5. To create a conducive environment for children survival.
1. All participants of our immediate past trainings who have started doing something with the skills gained. They will receive start-up capitals/assistance through offering raw materials and tools necessary for their trade. Participants will receive participatory certificate. 2. Participants who have not started trade with the skill and are at home doing nothing will be recalled for a three-day free refreshing course training. This training will also include those who have started a business with the skilled acquired but took a course during our 2018 skills training and would want to refresh their minds. This category of people will receive participatory certificate and token to start a business with the skill acquired. 3. Children who will need sponsorship through education.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Every stage of the project will be monitored and evaluated to know its failures and setbacks. Monitoring and evaluation shall focus on whether the project is doing what they intend to do and the purpose for which it was planned. Monitoring and evaluation shall focus on the outcome of the project on each participant. Periodic calls will be made to check up on the impact of the project on the beneficiaries. Records will be taken on the progress of the impact.