Twenty communities in the Ahafo-Ano North District in the Ashanti Region are to benefit from a GH¢40,000 Rural Education Project under the auspices of Care International and CARGILL, a cocoa processing company based in the United States of America.
Each community is to receive GH¢ 2,000 to assist in eliminating child labour, improve educational opportunities for children and support them to improve their cocoa yields.
Mr Patrick Sebe–Sowadwah, field supervisor of Care International, Kumasi, said this when he met stakeholders of the beneficiary communities at a launching ceremony held at the Ahafo-Ano North District Assembly Hall, Tepa, last Thursday.
He said in addition to the financial assistance, farmers groups would be supplied with spraying machines to be used on their cocoa farms.
He said 15 communities in the district benefited from the first phase of the project two years ago at the total cost of GH¢ 6,750, adding that, it was due to the good performance of these communities that the project had been extended to the 20 communities in the second phase.
He explained that for a community to benefit from the project, they must have a primary school, high communal spirit, be a cocoa growing area, have effective school management committee (SMC) and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), be a conflict-free area and have an agriculture extension officer resident in the community.
Mr Aning Yeboah, the District Co-ordinating Director, thanked the sponsors of the project for putting in place measures to reduce poverty in the district.
The 20 beneficiary communities are Kyekyewere, Achina, Akrofoso, Bonkron, Danyame,Achawkrom, Odumase, Essienkyem, Keniago and Dwaaho.
The rest are Suponso, Mfanibu, Konkori, Boagyaa No.2, Twabidi, Mmoframfadwen, Nyamedewoasie, Sikafrebogya No.1 and No.2 as well as Kruboa.