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Inclusive education at work in Karaga
For 10 year old Abdul Rahman Shena from Moglifong community which lies about two and a half kilometres from Karaga School the support from her teacher has given her a firm foundation to pursue her ambition to become a teacher one day.

Trained kindergarten teachers and learning materials transforming classrooms in Karaga
The school had very few learning materials before this consignment arrived and teachers found it difficult to teach the students. Teachers also had little to no training on inclusive education, supervision and using teaching and learning materials.

Starting Right- Quality Kindergarten education gives children a head start in Pong Tamale
Four year old Zuleihatu smiles as she uses bright wax crayons to write on a crispy new page during a lesson on shapes and colours at her school.

They had to abort plans to start an orphanage because Department of Social Welfare will not permit. But have they given up interest in supporting children in need?
The sight of children walking around the community whose parents cannot afford to take them to school, or buy shoes for their feet and clothes for their back is what touched the heart of Sylvia Atalobra,

Institutionalization of needy children not the best way; It must be a last resort.
ACCRA, Ghana, 3 May 2016 – Research has shown that the emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become.

From Institutionalization to Family Based Care- The story of Meet Kate Foundation
By Patience Folley I love to help children in need -- DauntlessGOMOA EKWAMKROM, Ghana, 3 May 2016 – Call her Ms. Dauntless. She loves to be there for needy children. She loves taking care of them and ensuring they grow to become useful.....

Family Based Care is the way to go
Meet Irene Treveh, a 9 year old confident and outspoken young girl. She is a class four pupil of the Akufful Krodua R/C Primary School in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region. Irene says she will like to be a medical doctor in future....

How LEAP is changing lives and empowering women in Wantugu, Tolon, Ghana.
Azumi Konshie Neindow is one of the LEAP programme recipients in her village. She stays in Wantugu village in Tolon district, in the Northern region of Ghana. Azumi is married to Konshe Neindow and she stays with him and their children

From child bride to child champion-Matilda Agambire
Matilda is a peer educator in her community working with Youth Harvest Foundation a local UNICEF supported community based organisation based in Bolgatanga, Upper East region of Ghana.

Theatre Intervention on Prevention of Avian Influenza in Odorkor, Accra
Ghana experienced a second outbreak of Avian Influenza in May 2015. Health authorities confirmed the outbreak of the disease in the capital after which hundreds of poultry birds were examined and ones which were affected were put down.

There is pride in showing off latrines
A latrine is not a priced item people would want to show off easily, but people in the community of the Messiah Healing Church are eager to show off their latrines. A few years ago though, there were no latrines in the community not even a shared one.

Passion drives Sanitation Officer to make huge strides
Amos Dapellah joined the team of Environmental health workers in the Kadjebi district three years after his education but long after the initial concept of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) had been introduced into the district.

Improved Sanitation…improved life
“I feel proud to be student of Hassaniya Basic Primary and JSS”. Halimatu Musah, fourteen years, says with smile when asked about her thoughts on the sanitation facility that had been recently constructed in her school.

Saving the little ones for the future of Ghana
“When I entered the baby’s special ward to leave my baby on the 7th of December 2015 I was crying and had tears everywhere but the nurses consoled me and assured me my baby would be well.

Television series helps keep LLINs up longer.
Alhassan is a young man in his twenties and loves to volunteer for causes that support the growth and development of his community. Alhassan lives in Abura, a suburb of the Cape Coast municipality in Ghana and is currently a “champion” for LLINs

Ebola and Cholera prevention though the combined efforts of Innovation, technology and entertainment education reaches 400,000 Senior High School students in Ghana
When Ghana’s neighbours Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea were all plagued with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Ghana with the support of the Government of Japan and other development partners took action

Children get their first rights back!
Robert Ahuloo is one of a few Ghanaian men who will take his child to a child welfare clinic.

Nuhuyili community taking sanitation to a higher level
Welcome to the Nuhuyili community, in Tatale District in the Northern region of Ghana. This is a community that has been pushed into action and has mapped a plan to improve sanitation for everyone residing in the small town.

Risking it all to end child marriage in Bolgatanga- the story of Douglas Adongo
Douglas Adongo is an ambassador (Peer Educator) for Youth Harvest Foundation in Sirigu community. At 18 he has just finished Senior High School and he has volunteered his time to fight child marriage, forced marriages and early marriages

What does it really mean when we say Ghana is the 7th dirtiest country in the world?
The Daily Graphic article was based on the 2015 annual report on progress against the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for access to improved sanitation, written jointly by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Children influence hygiene practices in communities through drama.
The notion that children can also teach adults is not popular in Ghana because culturally adults don’t learn from children, much more on sensitive issues such as hygiene.

Ghana’s nutrition status improves in the last two decades (1994-2014)
The nutrition situation in Ghana has improved significantly in the last 20 years (2004-2014) as illustrated by a significant 46 per cent absolute decline in stunting between 2003 and 2014.

Driving knowledge to reduce malnutrition in Ghana
Portia, Paula and Paulina are triplets who were born in the village of Sanguli-Tatale in the Northern region of Ghana, a part of the country

Volunteers “backstop” for health workers
Hawawu Mahama and Zainabu Abubakar have something in common; there are Community Based Agents who are trained to support health workers to treat minor illnesses such as malaria,

Sanitation is all about dignity for Mary
Mary Agurukungi Atonguaba face shows the wisdom of her years. She is one of the oldest women in her village of Atosale. A great-great

Super volunteer Abudu Saaka serves community
ABUDU Saaka is a super volunteer. In his village of Biisee in Ghana’s Upper West, he is the health volunteer, the surveillance volunteer

Director won’t stop until he catches the MDG
WHEN Dr Alexis Nang-Beifubah arrived in the Upper West Region in 2008, the region had the highest rate of under-five deaths in the country.

Partnership between Canada, UNICEF and Ghana Health service to reduce malnutrition
Khadija and her son Rakeem live in Tolon a town 30 minutes by road from the regional capital of the Northern region of Ghana. When Rakeem was 14 months old he became ill and lost a lot of weight, according to their belief system his mother treated him wit

Finding safe water for communities is payment enough for drilling expert Nathan Adams.
Nathan Adams Junior loves his job on the days when his driller strikes underground water. Nathan’s work is to provide safe water to communities. UNICEF works with his organization Rural Water Development of Church of Christ, to drill boreholes in Yendi.

In Ghana, Community mobilises against malnutrition in Northern Ghana
In this part of northern Ghana, many parents believe that symptoms of illness in their children signify a curse from the gods or punishment from ancestors. Children are taken to traditional healers for spiritual intervention, rather than for medical care.

Adiza Maida, a committed midwife, encourages women to deliver at the clinic
Adiza Maida is a midwife in Tolon District in the Northern Region of Ghana – the region with the lowest rate of women delivering with a skilled birth attendant (37% according to the 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey).

Social worker provides safe place for children in need
Anne Anglaaere-Konlan says that social work is her calling, her passion. She heads up the Government’s child rights program in the Northern Region. A large part of her job is to oversee the only government-approved orphanage in the three northern regions

In Ghana, reducing newborn deaths is key to achieving MDG 4
SAVELUGU-NANTON, Ghana, - Maybe Baby Suale should have been called ‘Lucky’ at the customary naming ceremony, held seven days after her birth.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Saves newborns
Fredous was born prematurely on the 22nd of July, 2014 with a weight of 1.6kg .She was immediately admitted to the NICU where she received close attention and care by a designated doctor.and nurses. Fredaus after 5 months of care now weights 4.8 kg. She h

Community mobilises against malnutrition in Northern Ghana
In this part of northern Ghana, many parents believe that symptoms of illness in their children signify a curse from the gods or punishment from ancestors. Children are taken to traditional healers for spiritual intervention, rather than for medical care.



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