Youth In Apprenticeship (YIA)
The Youth In Apprenticeship (YIA) program sought to empower the youth within selected communities in the Kwahu East District by enrolling the youth onto vocational training in tailoring, to enable them acquire relevant skills that will ensure that their living conditions are improved. Each beneficiary was provided with all the start-up tools required for their training. These included sewing machines, fabrics and materials of various kinds, specimen albums, , pins, scissors, tape measures and stools.
Additionally, customary dues of each beneficiary were paid together with their mandatory dues to their respective associations. All beneficiaries are currently assigned to their head trainers who are training them to acquire the needed skills. Thirty young girls were initially selected from 6 communities namely Kwahu Tafo, Abetifi, Nkwatia, Hweehwee, Kotoso and Pepease have been enrolled onto the programme. This programme is being run in collaboration with the National Vocational and Training Institute in the Kwahu East District.
Impact: It is expected that at the end of the three-year training process, at least 80% out of the beneficiaries will be in the position to commence their own fashion business to support their livelihood. Additionally, it is expected that they will also train other youth in their communities who will be willing to acquire the skill in dress making.
Youth presented with sewing equipment and materials.
DRIVER LICENSING PROJECT
The objective of the program is to ensure that all commercial drivers have access to valid driving licenses to enable them operate their vehicles for a livelihood. The program further seeks to provide economic support to commercial drivers within Kwahu East through the payment of renewal fees for expired licenses and payment of fees and facilitation of the acquisition of new licenses.
Impact: BAF facilitated the registration of twenty-three (23) new drivers and renewed one hundred and twenty (120) expired drivers’ licenses for commercial drivers totalling one hundred and forty-three (143) within the Kwahu East District. The drivers were drawn from eight drivers’ unions within Kwahu East district namely; Abetifi, Pepease, Nkwatia, Hweehwee, Sumnakesse, Akwasiho, Kwahu Tafo and Kotoso. Most of these drivers thus 89% are meaningfully engaged in their commercial driving business to improve their livelihoods and support their families. Also, as a result of trainings given to these drivers, this has contributed to the reduction in the accident rate in the district. In 2018, 19 accidents were recorded and in 2019 the accidents recorded were 8 that is a 58% reduction in accident rate within a year. Also the usual misunderstandings between drivers and the police officers as a result of inability to produce licence has reduced.
HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
A two-unit Kindergarten classroom block with ancillary facilities including an office, a store room, toilet and urinal was constructed at Ankoma. This project was initiated because the classroom block that was housing the little children became a death trap to the teachers and the kids who were using the structure.
Impact: The project upon completion is expected to provide relief and comfort to the pupils who previously studied under makeshift structures. It will provide a conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning as both teachers and the school children will be safer and more secure. It is also expected the completion of the project will contribute to increase enrolment of pupils at the KG level.