Ongoing Projects

GSAM

Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) Project

This project lasts from 2014 until 2019 and focuses mainly on the problems of information barrier on district assembly projects & performance and the social accountability gap, which appeared in lack of participation, poor service delivery and corruption. The GSAM Project aims to strengthen citizens’ oversight of capital development projects to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance. This can be achieved through distributing information and social accountability, which includes citizen monitoring & assessment and feedback on Metropolitan Municipality and District Assembly (MMDA) performance.

The following objectives are included in the project; increasing the availability of accessible information on MMDAs capital development project performance in 100 districts, strengthening CSOs and citizens’ capacity to monitor MMDAs development projects in 50 districts, and increasing the use of citizen-generated information on MMDA capital projects in 50 districts. With the help of USAID as the main donor and Care International, Isodec & Ibis as a consortium, SSF conducts interventions and activities like capacity building, monitoring capital projects and information & advocacy campaigns.

Due to this projects, we expect better-informed and empowered citizens, participatory local governance, vibrant Civil Society Organisations, accountable and responsive governance, quality service delivery, and improved standards of living. For further information about the GSAM Project please click here.

CASOP

Care and Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

CASOP promotes capacity building in local communities via training, rights advocacy and public education on critical issues, specifically: reproductive health (including Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS); the empowerment and the rehabilitation of women and children infected with and affected by HIV; and the care and management of displaced, traumatized and/or abused children and others who have been exposed to social injustice. The program provides ongoing support for 150 Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, 255 orphans and vulnerable children, and 50 home-based caregivers, among others.

Through CASOP, the Social Support Foundation contributes to the management and reduction of child trafficking in targeted communities by offering psychosocial counseling and home-based support to displaced, traumatized, and/or abused children and their families. Additionally, as the program physically, socially and economically supports STI- and HIV-affected parents, the likelihood of parents opting to sell their children into slavery (intentionally or otherwise) is greatly reduced.

In School-Programme in October 2016

The in-school education on Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and screening (Otitis externa for School Children and Teachers) and sensitisation programme on HIV & AIDS prevention started in October 2016. So far, the programme took place in 6 Junior and Senior High School in Obuasi.

The programme was planned, implemented and evaluated by Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu, ENT nurse at the Obuasi Government Hospital and Volunteer of SSF for this programme, and Larissa Bolliger, Intern of SSF. Louis Acheampong as the Executive Director of SSF and Charity Appiah as the Administrative Officer of SSF were supporting the programme.

Main objectives of the programme: Extending the Public Health interventions of SSF into six Junior and Senior High Schools in Obuasi in the academic year 2016-2017, while the sensitisation programme should bring a benefit to the School Children and Teachers. One of the main objects of the work of SSF as a not-for-profit, independent, nongovernmental organisation is the awareness, community outreach and prevention education on HIV & AIDS. This programme gives the School Children and Teachers the chance to talk about the topic with health care professionals. Since the ENT nurse of Obuasi is present during the programme, the education about Otitis media and the according ear screening is a special offer.

To read to detailed report about this programme, please click here. Please have a look at the Power Point Presentations about HIV & AIDS and Otitis externa, which were used during the programme.

GED

Gender Empowerment for Development

The GED program works with women, children, policy makers and civil society organizations to promote women’s leadership development and child rights policy and law enhancement on both societal and legislative levels.

Through a collaborative project with CARE International and the Academy for Educational Development, SSF identified over fifty young women and girls working with difficulty and reluctance in the commercial sex trade within Adanse and Amansie mining communities. In an effort toward rehabilitation, the GED program provided counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS and alternative livelihood support to these commercial sex workers.

For those families directly affected by HIV/AIDS, the GED program offers continuous counseling, health referrals, and food aid in a subsidiary program, the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT). Additionally, as part of the Child Survival & Adolescent Reproductive Health Project, beneficiaries are receiving education regarding child nutrition and reproductive health.

In its focus on child empowerment and survival, GED leads efforts to identify, assess, rescue, rehabilitate, manage and re-integrate trafficked children working in the fishing industry of the Volta Lake region, the small scale mining industry in the Ashanti region, and the cocoa production sector of the Central Region. Over the last four years, approximately 150 children working in small scale mining were identified through collaborations with the Association of Small Scale Miners in Obuasi, with support from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund.

BOLD

Basic Education Organizational Leadership and Development

The BOLD program has two major components: Basic Education and Organizational Leadership and Development.

Basic Education consists of nursery to Junior High School education, and has been under the management of the Social Support Foundation since 2005. Recently, Ashanti area community leaders released some unused bungalows (previously belonging to a mining company) to the Social Support Foundation for use as by the BOLD program.

Under the Organizational Leadership and Development component, various forms of capacity building services, mentoring, and coaching are available to area Civil Society Organizations, Local Non-Governmental Organizations, Farmer Based Organizations and Community Based Organizations. This includes business advocacy, which receives funding from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund and supports five organizations, and the People’s Rights and Participation for Development (PERPAD) project, which receives funding from the Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI) and supports six organizations.