In July 2019, we launched our most ambitious programme in recent years: our flagship Empowerment for Life programme in Northern Ghana.
We work in Tolon District, an area characterised by extreme poverty and associated challenges, including poor infrastructure, lack of quality education and low political engagement.
Empowerment for Life is a tried and tested programme being co-delivered by GDCA (Ghana Developing Communities Association), who has been instrumental in developing communities in the Northern region for over 30 years, and established Tzedek partner, YEFL-Ghana.
Through E4L, we work with existing community-based organisations (CBOs) to strengthen their skills, capacity and resilience to drive social, economic and political development in their communities and ensure the rights of individuals.
E4L groups fall into three categories:
- Education: school management committees and parent-teacher associations (PTAs)
- Youth Empowerment: youth groups and youth centres
- Livelihoods and food security: farmer groups, women’s groups and farm schools (to be included in a later phase of the programme).
We are currently in phase one of the Empowerment for Life programme and our CBOs are already introducing community development initiatives.
Here is an article facilitated by E4L-trained community journalists in collaboration with a school PTA group, also under our E4L programme. This piece highlights safety concerns for teachers and students at a local school, and the impact on students’ education. Read about how the school’s PTA is calling for the local District Assembly to address the school’s challenges.
Our reach will see the entire Tolon District benefiting from improved income-earning potential, better access to education, improved infrastructure for schools and the community, improved nutrition and reduced water poverty.