Today, 500 Kayayei exhibited skills acquired during a 6-month vocational skills training as part of the Kayayei Assistance Project (KASPRO), with financial support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project sort to train Kayayei in various skills development such as soap, bead, and cream making, pastries, drinks, production of bags, and sandals.
They were also taken through book keeping, marketing and savings skills to help them track their products and sales and develop the habit of savings.
They were also empowered on sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as sexual and gender violence during this period, in order to make informed decisions and improve their economic status.
Spreaking at the closing ceremony held on Friday December, 4th 2020, at Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Country Representative of UNFPA, Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, disclosed that the implementation of the project is designed to demonstrate effective and workable approaches in addressing the diverse needs of vulnerable populations, specifically the Kayayei during and after a humanitarian crisis such as COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that, Kayayeis are the most poorest people in the society because of lack of shelter. Saying, “The conditions that kayayei lived and worked in, they generally did not seek medical care from public health facilities and usually engaged in self-medication.”
Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, however, urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the skills they have acquired to improve their lives and to reduce their vulnerability and also to gain more money to cater for themselves.
On her part, Madam Mabel Yemofi, Public Relation Officer for Osu Klottey District NHIA, added that supporting women to participate more actively in economic and social life is key to reducing poverty and increasing the well-being of women and girls, their families and society as a whole.
According to her, as Ghana strives towards the attainment of the universal coverage, the NHIA will continue to play a key role to provide cushioning effect that protect Ghanaian residents from the financial burdens whilst accessing quality healthcare needs.
She disclosed that, NHIA have policies targeted for the poor and vulnerable. The free maternal care and the indigent registrations. “We therefore encouraged all subscribers and beneficiaries to annually renew their membership with the short code (*929#), whenever it expires.”
Madam Mabel Yemofi, commended UNFPA for the wonderful works they have done over the last six-months and beyond, and also assured of the future partnership between the two parties.
The beneficiaries however, expressed their heart felt feelings to UNFPA for the great opportunity given them. Saying, “We pray that Almighty Alla shower his blessings upon you for your good initiative to help the poor and needy in various communities.”