Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana

Programs

  Areas of Focus :Education, Health care , Agriculture, Environmental and ICT Project

 Currently Completed  Project 

Feasibility Study: Ghanaian Virtual Library for Universities and other Institutions of Higher Education with funding from IEEE Foundation

The immediate objective of the project is to conduct a detailed Feasibility Study for the creation of a Virtual Library for universities and other institutions of higher education in Ghana with an action plan for its implementation. In the picture left is Mr. Kofi Daniel Bakah discussing issues considering include the provisions of the law as regards protection, transfer, infringement, penalty, as well as exceptions to copyright control.

 

Complected Project “Sustain Biodiversity Conservation through Alternative Livelihood Empowerment” with the main objective to strengthen community support in Sustaining and Promoting Biodiversity by reducing over dependency and exploitation of the Kyabobo National Park through alternative livelihood empowerment activities. Picture will be available after the 1st three months.

Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana and its partners promote and support access to quality basic education for all. The Organization stands in solidarity with the most marginalized populations and works to effect individual, structural, and systematic changes. In so doing, Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana contributes to building peaceful and just societies.

Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana implements or supports education activities in three areas:

  • Crisis areas,Children with Autism in Ghana
  • Areas that are transitioning from a crisis to stability
  • Relatively stable areas

In crisis areas,Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana often provides support directly to schools, whereas in poor but relatively stable areas, Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana supports local "grassroots" organizations or partners who, in turn, work closely with local schools.

Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana education programming is based on continuous dialogue and reflection for improved performance. Special emphasis is given to working with the social agencies of the local Community and faith-based organizations because of our shared commitment to promoting justice and our respect for human life and dignity.

Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana has three priorities for its education programming:

  1. Access and Equity (Including the use of ICT)
  2. Quality Education
  3. Community Participation

Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana considers these priorities when implementing activities such as Food-Assisted Education (FAE), also known as school feeding programs. Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana has supported school feeding programs since 2010. School meals help meet short and long-term education, nutrition, and food security objectives.

In the mid 2011 Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana expanded its programs by combining school feeding with education activities that focus on improving the quality of education, girls' access to education, support for teachers, health/hygiene education and services for students, school infrastructure improvement, and increased parental and community involvement in schools. The participants in these expanded school feeding programs are mostly pre-school and primary school students in rural, food insecure regions. In most Rural Ghana programs, school feeding activities have a special emphasis on drawing girls to school and Children with Autism.

In the short-term, school feeding encourages children to enroll in school and attend regularly because they receive a meal at school. Through the school meal, children receive essential nutrients, which improve their ability to learn. This meal is also an incentive for parents to send their children to school because they know their children will eat well at school, and that they will not have to use limited family funds and time to prepare a midday meal.

 School feeding programs also help meet long-term education and food security objectives. Over time, investments in education, especially for girls, have been shown to improve family health and incomes and help ensure food security for future generations.

In addition to school feeding activities, Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana sometimes uses schools and the school system as a delivery mechanism for other types of services. An example of this would be a health or nutrition project that provides food (to address short-term food security) or micronutrients (to address specific micronutrient deficiency) to children in schools.

Agriculture 

 Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana works through local partner agencies to implement agriculture and environment programs for the poorest farm families and rural communities worldwide. RIRS-GH immediate goal is to improve family well-being through agro-economic development and environmental stewardship. The agency's long-term goal is to strengthen the capacity of local agencies and farm communities to take control of their own development.

"Working as an agriculture advisor at Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana is more satisfying than any other job I've held, because I can have a positive, direct impact on the quality of RIRS-GH agriculture programs and thus on people's lives."

Who Do These Activities Reach?

RIRS-GH and its partners work with the poorest farm families and communities, as well as with laborers, the landless, communities suffering from HIV and AIDS, and victims of manmade and natural disasters in 10 communities throughout Ghana. As landholding size and production decreases in many Communities , seasonal migration by men increases, which means RIRS-GH is working with more women farmers and young adults. We also collaborate with national and international agricultural research institutes to make sure that new technologies and practices are available to our farmer partners.

"Before the women's vegetable garden project, no one here would talk to me.[Single mothers are stigmatized and ostracized in Ghanaian. Now the other women are my friends, and it is not so hard raising my children alone and enduring the loss of all my family."

 Farmer partner who is a widow and single parents

RIRS-GH works in many isolated, remote areas with harsh climates and fragile, degraded ecosystems. These areas were not farmed in the past because of undependable, hostile climates and poor natural resources, but are farmed now because the poor have no other option.

Background of RIRS-GH Agriculture Program

Small family farms in the tropics face increasing difficulties such as global warming, increased competition for limited resources (land, water, etc.), natural disasters, and wars, as well as the negative impacts from more complicated issues such as biotechnology, geo-politics, the information age, and global marketplaces. All have left the illiterate poor marginalized and forgotten.

Increasing problems mandate increasing change and innovative responses by farmers and the agencies that support them. RIRS-GH has stepped in to meet these challenges head on.

Beneficiaries of Rural Integrated Relief Service-Ghana/ IEEE Foundation Project in Ghana