RAKOD Widows Foundation, a Non-Governmental and Non-Profit making Organisation, has outlined its vision, programs and projects for the year 2017 with strong commitment to agriculture.
Giving a short presentation of its activities line up for the year, Randy Danquah, Founder, President and Head of Programs for RAKOD Widows Foundation indicated that, the Foundation will focus on three man areas, of Health, Education and Agriculture in their working communities as well as other communities of interest.
He said so far, RAKOD has made significant progress with its work in communities it serves and its plans to further that by increasing income and resiliency, improved health outcomes, education and agricultural livelihood.
“To reach this vision we have developed a road map that builds on the staff and other partners. The road map or the plan focuses on bringing the highest quality services and products to marginalized communities in our implementing areas,” he said.
Randy Daquah pointed out that, the Foundation’s vision is one that promotes learning and innovation; strengthens local partners technically and operationally; invest in Rakod staff; improve systems to increase the efficiently of their work.
According to him, Rakod Widows Foundation will provide approaches for last mile health care service delivery by working in partnerships with local institutions to address underlying barriers to improve health outcomes.
“…RWF will focus supports on creating demand for improved health at the community level and improving capacity of health care providers to provide high quality service.”
The Foundation is looking at enhancing healthcare services in hypertension, ill health, breast cancer awareness, screening and campaign etc. and work on Health systems strengthening by focusing on sanitation/hygiene (hand washing).
On, Agro-enterprise development, he mentioned that beneficiaries of the RAKOD project will be assisted to undergo commercial farming in maize, cassava, yam, production with frequent supervision from planting through to harvesting.
On education, “… RWF will work with the Ghana education service (GES) and the District Assemblies in communities to build positive educational programs in the community level. RAKOD will support in educational scholarship and also provide educational material to the awardees.”
The Foundation will also focus on building capacity of staff, partners and farmers and their association to increase smallholder production through the introduction of appropriate new technologies and develop skills sets to profitably supply local and regional markets.
He averred that RAKOD will increase interventions in microfinance such as small Susu savings, village savings and loans association (VSLA) to offer savings and loan options to farmers, beneficiaries and families and support micro entrepreneurs to succeed in the enterprise.
Source: KAY AGBENYEGA