HEALTH PROGRAM

BOREHOLE DRILLING AND MECHANIZATION

BAF has executed the drilling of over 105 boreholes spread out within 32 communities in the Kwahu East district and have successfully mechanized 5 of such boreholes in the following communities: Pepease, Bokuruwa, Dwerebiase, Abetifi, and Nkwatia. All of these boreholes are fully functional. Aside the mechanized boreholes, BAF have also rehabilitated 18 old and nonfunctional boreholes in 16 communities. It is part of BAFs agenda to ensure the mechanization of at least 5 bore holes each year. Below is the list of communities and the number of boreholes drilled;

 

Table 1: 105 Boreholes drilled in 32 communities

No.

Community Name

Number of Boreholes Fixed

 

No

Community Name

Number of Boreholes Fixed

 

1

Suminakese

8

17

Aduhima

1

2

Akwasiho

8

18

Ankoma

4

3

Nkwatia

16

19

Ahinase

1

4

Abetifi

13

20

Tukorom

1

5

Pepease

6

21

Bonkrase

1

6

Atuobi Boamah

1

22

Sadan

1

7

Kwahu Tafo

8

23

Nkwantanang

1

8

Oframase

3

24

Hyewohoden

1

9

Miaso

5

25

Dwerebease

1

10

Abene

2

26

Sempoa

1

11

Onyemso

2

27

Atta ne Atta

1

12

Hweehwee

3

28

Demano

1

13

Yaw Tenkorang

2

29

Oboyan

1

14

Kotoso

4

30

Asumesu

1

15

Adoamoa

3

31

Abotreansa

1

16

Nteso

2

32

Bokuruwa

1

 

TOTAL

86

 

TOTAL

19

 

        

Nana Agyei of Dwerebease community recounts the benefits from the Mechanized Borehole Project.

 

Impact: More community members now have access to potable water to augment the water shortage situation in these communities. In the year 2018 per the foundation’s assessment it was discovered that less than 20% of communities in Kwahu East District had access to potable water. This lead to school children having to queue for a long time or sometimes walk for long distances before getting water to carry out their household chores and to take their bath before going to school. This situation also affected adults who have to wake up very early in search of water before going about their daily activities. Some also have to share river water or streams with animals which may host other bacteria thereby leading to infections. This had adverse effect on the education of the children and health of those in areas that patronize streams and river sources of water. Since farming is the primary economic activity of most residents, the lack of water supply adversely affected farmers and their ability to provide food both for subsistence and commercial use. Thanks to this programme a total of 25,350 community members are now assured of portable water. We hope to increase this number as we keep mechanizing the numerous boreholes that have been drilled in the district. As a result of the 18 rehabilitated boreholes and 5 mechanized boreholes added, about 35% of the Kwahu East District population now have access to portable water.

 

 

NHIS REGISTRATION & RENEWAL

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was introduced in 2003 in Ghana but came into force in 2004. This was a policy introduced by the then government to enable Ghanaian in rural and urban communities have access to quality health care and help to eradicate the existing cash and carry system. But till date, most people in rural communities still cannot access quality health care not only because there are not enough health facilities available but rather most cannot afford to enroll themselves and their family members onto the scheme. This then prevent them from patronizing health facilities and resort to traditional concoctions and unapproved herbal medicines. Specifically, in Kwahu East, about 72% of the rural population that visit the health facilities did not have NHIS card making it difficult for them to afford the health care services provided to them. This finding led the Foundation to implement the Health Financing Programme where children below 17 years and the aged above 60 years were the targeted beneficiaries. Having identified the gap in accessing health care and difficulty in meeting financial obligations to equitable healthcare in the Kwahu East District, BAF collaborated with the National Health Insurance Authority’s office at Mpraeso for the registration of targeted people on the NHIS scheme. The programme has contributed to the reduction in the rate of rural people who visits the health facilities without NHIS card from 72% to 44% in Kwahu East District.

 

Electoral Area Coordinators, Assembly members, health staff and operators of information centers supported with mobilization of expired cards for renewal as well as clients for new registration.  A total of 4,815 of targeted population have benefited from the NHIS renewal and new registration from June, 2018 to December, 2019 across communities in all the 22 electoral areas in the Kwahu East District. Most beneficiaries attest to the great relief that the registration on the NHIS scheme has brought to them and the fact that they can now easily access health facilities.

           

Children happily displaying their NHIS cards.

 

SANITATION (CLEAN UP EXERCISE)

BAF together with Zoomlion, KEDA and collaboration with the information service department (ISD) organized a cleanup exercise and sanitation campaign at Kotoso. This activity was aimed at improving sanitary conditions and promoting behavior change towards the disposal of waste in the community. To help sustain the success of the cleanup exercise, BAF donated 50 Waste bins to support efforts to improve sanitation and proper disposal of waste in the community.

 

BEFORE:

DURING:

 

AFTER: (Impact:Keep the environment clean and also prevent diseases such malaria, cholera).

 

Clean up at Kotoso community.

WATER DELIVERY SERVICES

The perineal water shortage in Kwahu ridge is one of the issues facing Ghana as country. Most townships in Kwahu East experience the challenges of getting access to clean potable water despite the high population numbers in these towns. To remedy this situation, the Foundation provided a 480,000 liters of water to some towns, health and education institutions. Again, the Foundation used the water delivery services to augment the supply of free water towards the fight against the novel COVID-19 pandemic in the Kwahu East district.

Impact: Institutions and communities including the Pepease clinic, Nkwatia health center, Abetifi clinic, Abetifi Presbyterian Senior High school (APSEC), St Dominic senior technical high school, Abetifi Technical and Vocational Institute, ABTECH), Aduamoah Township, Pepease Township, Nkwatia Township and Abetifi Township benefited and continues to receive several liters of water on weekly basis to support preventive measures of the COVID-19. The severity of the water shortage has reduced due to this project in the various communities.

Community members queuing to have water from the Water Tanker Service.

LIVELIHOOD EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

The livelihood empowerment department of BAF oversees the implementation of programs in the areas of Agriculture, economic empowerment, housing and infrastructure. The objective of the livelihood empowerment unit is to develop and implement people centred programs with a focus on improving the overall socio-economic livelihood of its beneficiaries. For Agriculture, the farm tools support program has been implemented whiles under economic empowerment, the Youth In Apprenticeship (YIA) program is currently under implementation. A two-unit KG block with auxiliary facilities have been constructed at Ankoma and the Nteso DA KG block has also seen massive renovation all under the housing and infrastructure unit of the department.

AGRICULTURE

Farm Tools Support Project

In the Kwahu East District, more than 70% of the population are into farming. Crops mostly cultivated are cocoa, plantain, cassava, groundnut, tiger nut, and vegetables. There are others that are also into animals rearing.  Research conducted indicated that most farmers that visited the health centres came with injuries such as cuts and snake bites due to the inappropriate use of farm tools and unavailability of protective logistics for their farming activities. This became an issue worth tackling. This necessitated the implementation of farm tools support programme where farmers were provided with basic farm tools such as cutlasses, head pans, pickaxes etc. to facilitate their farm cultivation and food production.  Also, for their safety, wellington boots, gloves and overall clothings were provided. Tractor service was also provided to farmers that were into large scale farming to support their economic activities. The Farm Tools Support covered a total of 1,655 farmers who were clustered based on the existing operational area scheme employed by agric extension agents.

Impact: Ninety-eight percent (98%) of the sampled beneficiary farmers who were interviewed as part of the post distribution survey highlighted significant improvement in their safety when visiting or working on their farms. The wellington boots have enhanced their protection against snake bites and injuries from cutlasses, tree stumps and thorns. Additionally, due to the free supply of the farm tools, the funds which would have been used to procure such tools on their own have either been saved or invested into other farm inputs to help their cultivation. An example is Nana Anan Bediako of Nkwatia community a beneficiary has this to say (I benefited from the farm tools support and tractor services which contributed immensely to my bumper harvest in 2019 thereby increasing my income. This has afforded me the opportunity to now cater for my family well and can boast of some sizable amount in my bank account which has given me access to credit facility to expand my farms the more. Something which I could not have gotten ordinarily).

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

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.

SOCIAL INTERVENTION

THRIFT SHOP

The Thrift Shop Project focuses on providing relief and community care for the aged through provision of consumables, groceries, cloths and other items. The thrift shop scheme began with four (4) shops located at Kwahu Tafo. Nkwatia, Sempoa and Hweehwee. In September 2019, four additional shops located at: Ankoma. Aduhema, Miaso and Kotoso communities were added to the existing shops totaling 8 shops in all.

Impact: The addition of the new shops or outlets increased the number of beneficiaries on the scheme from 660 to over 2000 community members. These beneficiaries can now access items ranging from perfumery, detergents, slippers, and food items such as perfumed rice, vegetable cooking oil, canned fish and dairy products (milo, powdered milk) etc. to support their livelihood and this continues every quarter to reduce hunger and poverty. Madam Adijatu from Ankoma community have this to say about the thrift shop project (I am 65 years old and rely on my farming activities to survive. Sometime the weather fails which leads to very low harvest and do not have any other source of income. When this happens hardship sets in and living conditions deteriorate. But when I started benefiting from the thrift shop project, these hardship seasons have reduced. Anytime the farm yields are not encouraging I still have food items to rely on from the thrift shop).

Thrift Shops stocked.

SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME

The scholarship scheme seeks to encourage inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. BAF instituted a scholarship program where individuals can apply and access support to pursue higher learning. It rolled out this support in collaboration with the Presbyterian University College (PUC) located at Abetifi, where active teachers who have taught for ten continuous years or more within Kwahu can apply for this financial aid. In 2019, seventy (70) teachers were successfully enrolled to serve as motivation and improve quality education for these beneficiaries to pursue Masters in Educational Studies programs at PUC. The second batch comprises of fifty (50) more teachers to pursue the same programme at PUC giving a total of 120 teachers benefiting from the scheme. There is a plan to increase the numbers of beneficiaries to create an even greater impact.

In addition, six (6) teachers were sponsored in various programs at the undergraduate level. The scholarship program is expected to continue into the coming year and extended to other four districts in the Kwahu enclave.

Impact: This initiative will improve quality education among teachers in Kwahu and transcend to the school children in these districts.

Inaugural ceremony of teachers benefiting from the scholarship scheme.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM SUPPORT

The distribution of the school uniforms to school children is an initiative taken to ensure that the lack or failure to acquire school uniforms does not hinder any child from accessing education at least to the basic level. Hence, the school uniforms project distributes free uniforms to schools in the Kwahu from the kindergarten to the JHS 3.

Impact: Overall, a total of 24,082 pupils have benefited from the school uniform distribution (12,711 girls and 11,371 boys). This has in a way prevent further school drop outs by 67%. Each child was provided with three uniforms which were tailor made through measurements taken.

School children wearing their new uniforms and displaying their spare uniforms in their hands.