GVI Charitable Programs is based in a small village on the outskirts of the capital of Accra. Here we work with various stakeholders including governmental organizations, local NGOs, schools, and women’s rights groups to collaborate on local sustainable development projects that assist these organizations to achieve their goals. We aim to support communities in their efforts to improve the quality of basic education offered at schools and provide women with the support they need to become more financially independent and socially empowered.
Removal of key barriers, particularly economic or social, that prevent women and children in the community of Kokrobite from achieving social justice, equality, and a dignified standard of living.
– Diversification of the vocational skills and expertise of local women as required to improve their livelihoods within a rapidly changing economy.
– Community-wide ability to promote and achieve the good health and well-being of women and children.
– The local acceptance and promotion of gender equality as a key social development framework.
GVI Charitable Programs is partnered with a range of local organizations and community groups to deliver projects which, through social and behavioral change over 12 years, will:
– Create safe spaces for women and girls to freely discuss and develop attitudes and confidence towards gender equality which will enable self-determined social change in the future.
– Provide structured vocational training to women that helps improve and/or secure their financial independence, allowing freedom of choice and an alternative to the expected path of dependence on a husband/partner/family member.
– Build the capacity of the community to recognize and directly respond to women’s health issues, thus reducing the stigma/misinformation – which hampers affirmative action – and providing current generations with the foundation of health required to achieve wider life goals.
– Help support a sufficient number of local women and girls to secure economic and social achievements that not only change their lives but act as catalysts/exemplars for influence and change across the wider community.
– Pass the resources and expertise for the delivery of these knowledge-sharing projects into the ownership of local partners.
Where possible, GVI Ghana projects will build up layers of skills and knowledge in the community, attempting first to fulfill the basic/foundation levels and moving on to building the capacity of partners to deliver intermediary levels, before providing structured training to partner organizations to maintain and develop the next and ongoing tier of projects at an advanced level. Project initiatives will be phased over gradually from years 6 to 10 to partners through a planned and responsive program of collaborative capacity building.
Once phased over, in years 11 and 12 the collaborating partners will continue working together and a transition strategy by GVI will be employed to allow continued contact and ongoing advice/support as required, with GVI increasingly taking an oversight position on existing projects and assessing the need/delivering any projects which are not suitable for delivery by local partners.
Phase 1, Years 1 to 5
Research and basic project testing & delivery. Delivered directly to community members by GVI Charitable Programs.
– Nutrition & diet workshops
– Sewing, jewelry making, and vocational skills
– English language
– First aid
– Menstrual hygiene
– Mental health
Phase 2, Years 6 to 10
Project advancement and partner capacity building. Delivered to community members through local partners/GVI Charitable Programs collaboration.
– Advanced computing
– Career planning
– Financial & business management
– Development theory
– Gender equality theory
– Teacher training
Phase 3, Years 10 to 12
Hand over to partners and partial GVI Charitable Programs withdrawal. Delivered directly by local partners with our supervision.
– Continuation and expansion of existing projects at an advanced level.
Once phased over, the collaborating partners will continue working together and employ the transition strategy provided by GVI Charitable Programs, which will be employed to allow continued contact and ongoing advice/support as required. The original project will be evaluated by GVI Charitable Programs after 6 months, and 1, 2, and 3 years after phasing over is complete. This will be done via inspection of data sets, interviews with stakeholders, and collaborative partner meetings.
Phase 1 – 5 years
Establish community needs, partners, and project methodologies and launch tests and basic projects.
Setting up community projects that allow for the qualitative analysis of local needs, particularly of women and children, in order to identify local challenges, opportunities, and potential partners, and to design/implement test projects to determine effective methodologies for project delivery and build a basic foundation of essential skills in the community:
– Establishing a network of collaborative stakeholders.
– Establishing and refining organizational objectives, methods, area, and test project delivery successes.
– Launching a long-term set of program focuses that will guide short-term projects.
– Assessing and identifying the strengths of needs of collaborating partners in relation to the objective.
– Assessing and improving the ability of the local community to move to Phase 2.
– Arriving at an effective plan, following all monitoring and evaluation findings related to Phase 1, to launch Phase 2 capacity building.
Phase 2 – 5 years
Partner capacity building and project advancement.
Conducting capacity building initiatives across partner organizations and the community and collaboratively delivering intermediary level projects:
– Funding required for each collaborating party to maintain their initial role in Phase 2 assessed and secured, and budgets quantified.
– Building the capacity of local partners to deliver projects.
– Monitoring the needs of the community and ensuring projects are set and delivered at the appropriate level.
Phase 3 – 2 years
GVI Withdrawal to a supervisory position.
Partners assume primary responsibility for project delivery and GVI Charitable Programs moves to a supervisory pre-exit role:
– Each collaborating partner starts their post-exit role and prepares for our exit.
– Local community begins their post-exit role and increasingly takes responsibility in preparation for the final exit.
– Final post-exit funding secured.
– Ongoing support system and resources defined and in place.
– Evaluation of project and assessment of further community needs.
Buy stationary for 1 community capacity building training workshop.
Fund 1 woman to join a 6 week computer course.
Buy a manual sewing machine to use in our classes.
Fund the WiFi for 12 months in our training center.
Fund a computer to use in our micro-enterprise IT lessons.
Project Target: 10,000 USD
Raised so far: 7,436 USD
Funds still needed: 2,564 USD
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