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02.11.2004 Regional News

NGO provides one million dollars annually to finance operations

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Tamale, Nov 02, GNA - The Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), an international NGO, is providing one million dollars annually to finance its operations in Ghana.

The money will be given to its local development partners to finance social and economic amenities to rural communities in its operational areas.

Mr Dan Stevens, Global Operations Director of CCFC, said this at the CCFC International Conference in Tamale on Monday. About 20 officials from Canada and other development partners are attending the conference.

Mr Stevens said progress had been made in Ghana, ''but there is still tremendous potential ahead as far as sustainable development is concerned.''

He commended the government for creating an enabling environment for good governance where sustainable development could take root and grow.

The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Ernest Debrah who opened the conference, commended the CCFC for complementing the government's efforts in areas such as water and sanitation, primary healthcare, nutrition and education as well as family and community self-reliance and micro enterprise development.

''This assistance is relevant to the needs of the people because it will improve their welfare and enhance development.'' Mr Debrah said the provision of pipe borne water would help reduce the incidence of the guinea worm and other water borne disease.

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