HOPE AND SERVICE TO MANKIND FOUNDATION
(Hope for Rural Dwellers)
(Urban, Micro-finance, Livelihoods, Economic Development, and Girls Involvement)
Study after study has taught us that there is no tool more effective for development than the empowerment of women. Gender bias is an expansive topic. It manifests itself in many aspects of daily life in our society. Examples of gender bias can be found literally from the cradle to the grave but we will limit our consideration of gender bias to education. Specifically, we will focus on the issues of gender bias and gender equity in education.
There are several issues of peripheral importance to this topic. Unfortunately, due to social, cultural, and financial constraints, access to primary and secondary schools for young girls in many Ghanaian communities is restricted. Women have been identified as particularly disadvantaged in the northern regions and rural areas of Ghana. This situation is influenced by socio-cultural practices and traditions which deny women access to land, capital for business, education and skills for wage employment. However, many are engaged in agro-processing and thereby contribute significantly to household incomes.
Women and girls constitute more than 50% of the population in Ghana and are among the most disadvantaged and poorest groups. Over the years, attempts by governments and NGOs have targeted good governance neglecting women and girls’ empowerment and education. This accounts for the high exodus of girls from rural areas to urban centres in search of scarce jobs. This puts undue pressure on the limited facilities available in the cities and has led to disaffection and involvement in antisocial activity among women and girls.
We believe the fact that a multi- facetted approach is needed to make women empowerment a reality by using Education to combat human trafficking, exploitation and child labour. Education can increase girls' and women's life options through programmes that combine practical literacy skills, health, and access to savings and credit with community awareness. We believe this project will equip girls and women with skills and confidence and promote girls' and women's leadership in families, school, and communities;
To establish a technical vocation school for young women offering intensive instruction and apprentices in software engineering and development, electronics, and other skilled areas in great demand in Ghana's growing ICT and ICT-using industries.
Helping women go to college: post-secondary education opens the door to the future for women and their families. Programmes equip women with academic, math, English, financial and practical skills they need to enter and succeed in college.
To build the capacities of small groups in target regions to support districts/communities produce the food that they need to achieve baseline food security with sustainable management of natural resources.
To provide capacities to intermediary women and girls groups to improve enterprise development activities of target groups to have sufficient incomes to achieve baseline income security levels from sustainable enterprise activities or employment that does not harm their health or damage the environment.
The toughest places demand the boldest ideas and solutions. That’s why we focus on Social Innovations — to blend the best concepts and tools from the communities + women groups + girls groups with our deep knowledge of both the problems facing women, girls, communities and the context in which they face them.
We want to continue promoting business mentoring in a society where women entrepreneurs are facing tough economic, social and environmental circumstances - often with little or no support.
Many single parents (women) in the slums are migrants from other areas of the country unsuccessfully trying to find work in the fast-paced Ghanaian capital. Some estimates put unemployment rates in poor neighbourhoods at more than 30 percent.
International Volunteers, farming tools, financial support, educational materials, facilitators, computers, logistics and funding.