The Social Support Foundation has changed lives in the Obuasi Municipal District and 18 other Districts across Ghana. Below are a few of our notable achievements; we’re continuously adding to these, so please check back often!
- Over 850 community volunteers have been trained as Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) specialists, School Management advisers, Health Management committee members, Public Health and Hygiene educators, Counselors and Home-based Caregivers, Peer educators, Facilitators, Community-based Distributors, and condom distributors.
- Educational support and social integration has been provided for 85 orphans and vulnerable children in basic, secondary and vocational schools since 2002, and includes counseling for both pupil and caregivers/guardians, payment of school fees, uniforms, books and other bills, and animation of communities regarding the need to support the child’s right to an education. At this time, our efforts have helped four orphans and vulnerable children into Teacher Training Colleges and Agriculture and Women Training Institutes.
- A Youth Development and Management Training Centre for Leadership and Empowerment was constructed to provide a facility for training, education, information, counseling and dialogue services to promote capacity building in Civil Society Organizations.
- Three main groups of people are the direct beneficiaries of the Social Support Foundation’s CASOP program, which provides intervention, care and support for orphans and vulnerable children, persons living with HIV / AIDS, and commercial sex workers in Adansi and Amansie communities within the Ashanti region. Under the CASOP program, over 150 persons living with HIV / AIDS and 250 orphans and vulnerable children were identified between 2000 and 2003. 30 commercial sex workers were identified within the same period and by 2006, the figure rose to over 240. Having identified these target beneficiaries, the Social Support Foundation has provided and continues to provide various forms of support, including food, basic education, public health education, psychosocial counseling, income generating activities, vocational and professional training and microcredit loans.
Below are some key milestones achieved during the AD-SUM project:
- Social conflict, prevalent in and around operational communities, was considerably reduced
- Galamsey activities, especially in and around the Obuasi Municipality, were considerably reduced
- The Small Scale Miners Association entered into dialogue with Anglo Gold Ashanti regarding concession and permitting issues
- Farmer-based groups received adequate compensation from Anglo Gold Ashanti and other mining companies for the loss of their farms due to mining activity
- Some communities targeted through the project initiated the generation of funds from galamsey operators to fund development projects
- Approximately 1,600 community members, including traditional rulers, opinion leaders, assembly members, and ordinary residents were educated as to their rights and responsibilities, environmental governance issues, and the engagement of duty bearers
- 20 Community Action Plans and Community registers were prepared and presented to the respective Municipal and District Assemblies
- 25 officers from the respective local authorities were trained on Natural Resource and Environmental Governance and citizen-government engagement
- Approximately 56 civil society organizations were sensitized on issues affecting mining communities, including the importance of Natural Resource and Environmental Governance, the impact of mining activities on the environment and livelihood, etc.