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13.05.2008 Regional News

Tamale NGO Supports Two Vocational Centres

By Times Reporter - newtimesonline.com

THE Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), a Tamale based non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to offering care and support to needy persons and communities, last Monday presented cheques totaling GH¢12,000 to two vocational training centres in the Savelugu/Nanton and the West Mamprusi districts for girls training.

Under the programme, RAINS would help to train more than 2,800 needy girls at the end of the programme’s implementation in the two districts.

Comic Relief, a UK-based NGO, is funding the project while Hope for Children, another UK-based NGO in collaboration with RAINS, would ensure that the programme is well implemented and succeed to end child trafficking.

The Walewale Vocational Training Centre in West Mamprusi received GH¢4,000 because it had an earlier support from RAINS while the remaining GH¢8,000 went to the Savelugu Vocational Centre.

Presenting the cheques to representatives of the two institutions in Tamale, Patience Sakoalia, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of RAINS, said her outfit had established child surveillance units in 20 communities within the two districts as means of fighting child trafficking.

She said though several interventions had been put in place to fight child trafficking, the problem still persisted and called on stakeholders to help address the canker to give hope to vulnerable children.

Alhassan Musah, Programmes Manager of RAINS, said it needed multiple strategies to effectively win the fight against child trafficking and labour and that it is necessary to focus much on community participation.

He said over the years, RAINS and its development partners has raised enough awareness on child trafficking and expressed regret that stakeholders in the public service were not doing enough to help stem the problem.

Nabila Sulemana, District Chief Executive for West Mamprusi, expressed the willingness to address all problems in their districts particularly those that had something to do with raising the standard of education and eliminating poverty.

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