YOVI is set-up to work in partnership with other development partners towards the improvement in the quality of life of children, youth and other vulnerable people through the Expansion of their livelihood opportunities, improving their education and training, poverty alleviation, improving the status of general, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of the youth and promotion of primary health care through proper environmental sanitation and personal hygiene.
What we Envision
- We aim to champion the promotion of primary health care through the exercising of proper environmental sanitation and personal hygiene.
- Embark in training designed for children (5-18) to upgrade and broaden their knowledge and skills in ICT to expose them to modern technology. · Grant to individuals (orphaned and the needy) in exceptional circumstances.
- To receive and accommodate volunteers from across the globe.
- Catalyst processes that will establish sustainable and dynamic cross-sector partnership that are driven by the priorities of marginalized people.
- Foster an environment which maintains processes of coalition building throughout institutions and development entrepreneurs that drive creativity, best practice and build legitimacy throughout civil society.
- Financial empowerment for women through a revolving microfinance scheme.
- To advocate, promote, support and enhance the education of children and youth in Ghana.
The Situation of the Northern Region of GhanaIndeed, poverty is particularly a predominant factor in this part of the country, where hunger and malnutrition constitute serious health problems for most people despite the fact that most of the agricultural production is undertaken in the North. About 70% of the population in northern Ghana is engaged in agricultural and its related activities. However, the agricultural environment is very restrictive and depended on sporadic and limited rainfalls, and has been subjected to extensive soil degradation and deforestation. As a result of the historical concentration of commercial, government and industrial institutions in southern Ghana, the north-south inequalities and gender disparities in wealth and well-being has been observed by the Poverty Reduction Strategy Programme (PRSP) as being on the increase. Most of the population lives in the rural areas where education, health and other basic social amenities are poor.
In effect, child rights to nutrition, education, training and healthcare are completely denied by parents and other family members. Gender inequalities prevail and women have limited access to resources and difficulty in generating income. The existence of streetism, child trafficking and physical abuse of children is another prevailing factor. Interventions that are gender sensitive and pro-poor are needed to ensure sustained livelihoods for women, youth and children in northern Ghana. YOVI believed that much more is needed to be done to champion this crusade if not completely addressed.