We are looking back with pride at 2022, which was a very vibrant period for our work in rural villages across Adaklu and beyond. The Grow Your Dream Foundation as an organization has monitored and provided support to life-changing and community development programmes in a large number of project communities in Adaklu District. These activities have followed on from 2021’s successful project co-funded by German charity Schmitz Stiftungen (from funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), and GYDF partner HITA, an NGO based in Germany.
In 2022, Mental Health was added to Gender Equality as core prioritised areas which the organization is focusing on in their practical work. For 2023, we are planning a second project under Germany’s “Kleinprojektefonds” programme, with a strong emphasis on how to address challenges to mental health in rural communities across Adaklu and adjoining Districts.
The period provides an avenue for recognition and special acknowledgement of our loyal partners and donors whose contributions have been vital in enabling us to reach out to our target populations:
HITA – GERMANY; SCHMITZ STIFTUNGEN, GERMANY; GHANA HEALTH SERVICE, ADAKLU DISTRICT; DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE ADAKLU DISTRICT; MINISTRY OF GENDER, VOLTA REGION AND OUR PROJECT COMMUNITIES.
2022 has provided us with the opportunity to carry out a systemic evaluation of our services cross our various programmes. These evaluations have consisted of interviews, open group discussions, quizzes and assessment carried out on modules developed to aid community meetings.
DONATION TO CHILDREN WARD, VOLTA REGIONAL HOSPITAL 2022
To make 2022 Christmas a memorial one and to deliver on our mandate as an organization, Grow Your Dream Foundation with support from HITA, Germany, made a donation to the CHILDREN WARD of VOLTA REGIONAL HOSPITAL. The donation came in the form of some assorted items handed out to needy children who had been admitted to this hospital before Christmas. The executive secretary of the GYDF, Mr Ahiave Jacob, presented the donation on the behalf of the organization and our partners. He advised the ward in-charge to take very good care of the children who are unlucky enough to have to spend Christmas in the hospital, respect their rights and never to belittle them.
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT DORKPO/KPETSU – ADAKLU
We also celebrated Christmas with the children of Dokpor/Kpetsu, one of our project communities in the Adaklu District. This event formed part of our annual programme in Adaklu District, operated by GYDF and supported by our partner HITA. The programme provided opportunity and space to celebrate the event jointly with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to inspire their confidence in a good future for all. In the event the attending children shared with the gathering what they have been learning in their Adolescent Group meetings, one of the programmes run by GYDF in various communities of Adaklu. They engaged in roleplay, recited poems and sang Christmas season songs. Dorkpo was selected because of the severe development challenges faced by this community of the Adaklu District. The village is affected its peripheral location and the poor connection to the road network, lack of portable water and insufficient equipment with other social amenities. Also present at the event, which quickly developed into a merry party with lots of fun all around, were Club Leaders of the Adolescent Clubs as well as many of the childrens’ parents.