World Vision Ghana to roll out series of life-changing programmes by 2025

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Mr. Dickens Thunde, the National Director of World Vision Ghana (WVG), says they aim to improve the well-being of 3.3 million vulnerable Ghanaian children with a series of life-changing programmes by the year 2025.

He said this at the launch of the organization’s five-year strategy (2021–2015), which was themed “Accelerating Our Commitment to the Most Vulnerable Children.”

Livelihood Improvement and Family Empowerment (LIFE), Healthy Environment and Wellness Technical (HEAL), and Reading Improvement and Skills Enhancement (RISE) are the three major technical programmes outlined in the five-year strategy.

In his address at the launch, Mr. Thunde said the five-year strategic plan was fueled by the urgent need to salvage the plight of the vulnerable in society.

“We believe that the time has come when we need to collaborate more and act together. Through our 43-year existence in Ghana and during that time, we have seen tremendous improvement in the lives of children, especially the most vulnerable.

“Our goal is to offer a brighter future for the most vulnerable children, and these strategies set to be rolled out would help in achieving the various Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

He explained that the strategy seeks to improve access to health care for one million vulnerable children and also improve learning outcomes for 1.3 million children through increased literacy for basic children and build and maintain peaceful, inclusive, and cohesive families and communities, all targeted at promoting love and justice for one million vulnerable children.

Madam Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Deputy Minister of Gender, Child and Social Protection, in her keynote address lauded WVG for its commitment to ensuring the sustainable well-being of children over the past four decades.

“The theme of the Strategy we are launching today, ‘Accelerating Our Commitment to Most Vulnerable Children’, cannot be over-emphasized at this time, when there is a global clarion call to end all forms of violence and vulnerabilities affecting children, and harmonize concerted efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Child vulnerability manifests itself in many forms in Ghana with significant disparities between rural and urban, wealth quantiles of households, educational level and gender,” she said.

Madam Zuweira Abudu noted that numerous children were exposed to economic, environmental, and social risks and the need to eliminate these vulnerabilities that threaten the basic survival of children which according to her is at the core of the Government agenda.

Mr. Baba Mahama, a former Board Member of WVG and Chairperson for the launch urged the current administration to pursue these strategies as they contribute to the improved well-being of the vulnerable in society.

He urged corporate bodies to support the implementation of these strategies to increase the protection of vulnerable children in society.

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