Partner:The Methodist Church of Ghana
Describe the need affecting the community.
Much of Ghana's rural economy is based on subsistence agriculture. Population growth, poor farming practices, deforestation, environmental degradation, and climate change have all had a negative impact on agricultural livelihoods. With correlated impact on educational outcomes, especially for girls. Youth unemployment is high in Ghana and impacts females and the uneducated disproportionately, with the disparity being greatest in remote rural areas. Often rural young women are forced into marriage in their teens. Those young women wishing to escape this fate migrate to Accra or Kumasi, thinking that life will be better for them there. To find that only the most menial of jobs, such as head porter in the market or domestic servant, are available to them. Once in the city, these young women are vulnerable to a range of social problems, including homelessness, sexual and physical abuse, and entrapment in prostitution.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
The Methodist Church Ghana will address the stated need by providing vocational education to vulnerable young women in selected rural areas of the country. With skills that enhance their employment opportunities. Young women will be better able to provide for themselves, and their future families. Whether they choose to remain in their village or nearby small towns, or even move to the larger cities of the South. By addressing the problem at the source, in the rural community itself, the church hopes to stem the flow of this economic migration, which will breaking the cycle of poverty. Moral and sexual health education will also help to guard against some of the worst outcomes for these young women.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
To equip poorly-educated rural girls with the skills they will need to reduce their vulnerability and become economically self-sufficient and productive members of society.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
The Methodist Church would like to see young women become positive contributors to their communities, able to provide for themselves with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
Faculty and Staff Salaries
Student Room and Board
Supplies and Printing