About WaCEP

Brief History of WaCEP

WOMEN AND CHILDREN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM – WACEP

 Ghana is a feminist local Ghanaian Non-governmental and Not-for-profit Organization working in the Upper East Region of Ghana, based at Sirigu in the Kassena/Nankana West District. It was founded in 2012 by a group of like-minded volunteers who envisaged forming a Movement capable of advocating for the rights of poor and marginalized people. Eventually the idea matured into WACEP, an organization devoted to developing communities and empowering women, children and the disability to fight poverty and advocate for their rights and entitlements from duty bearers. WACEP is an incorporated legal entity with the Registrar General’s Department with registration number 00090712014.

The organization is made up of a team of enthusiastic young volunteers who had the desire to create change with a communal spirit and passion to improve the wellbeing of marginalized and vulnerable groups in rural communities within Northern Ghana. The team tried to cushion their inadequate financial support by partnering with local and international NGOs including little donations from their own pockets for the initial programmes. Important initial contributions were also made by the local District Assembly and by several international volunteers working in the area. One of the most incredible things about the formation of WACEP Ghana is that it started in the village of Kandiga as a CBO – a difficult place for an NGO to get started. Driven by a strong sense of volunteerism and community development, WACEP Ghana owes its current success to the many volunteers and partners who continue to donate their resources, time and energy to the cause of empowering women and children to fight poverty, discrimination and inequalities in Northern Ghana. The initial intention of WACEP Ghana’s founders was to form a formidable student group to advocate for the rights of poor and marginalized people. However, they soon realized that focusing their work simply within student issues would not have sufficient impact. They recognized that their local community members found themselves helpless; everyone sat around expecting handouts from the government. This meant that if government failed to act, little or no developmental change would be registered within the rural communities. Having identified this vacuum, WACEP Ghana saw it as a challenge to galvanize the support of community members to take matters into their own hands. Thus, the organization was transformed from a proactive student group to a powerful Community-based Organization devoted to community development focusing on empowering women and children. From 2012 to 2014, WACEP Ghana’s work fell under a category of “Small Mixed Program.” With a handful of small donations and a very thinly staff office, WACEP Ghana implemented the program with demand driven support; our activities were based on what the local communities defined as problems. It was during this time that the volunteers learned PRA/PLA tools including leadership and communication skills in community development, thanks to a workshop conducted by World Ghana on facilitating the VSLA Project and another on Leadership, Communication and Organizational Development by the Libre Foundation of Netherlands for WACEP Ghana staff/volunteers.

Mission

Our mission is to combat poverty and inequalities in Northern Ghana by assisting the underprivileged households to improve their income and food security initiatives through entrepreneurship development and the sustainable management of soil and water resources while contributing to improved sanitation, health and education of most vulnerable women and children in rural communities.

Vision

Our vision for every community is to eradicate poverty and inequalities through which women and children are empowered to realize their full potentials.

Our Core Values

Our Strategic Objectives

Sustainabilty

Transparency

Commitment

Respect

Accountability

Teamwork

Impact-Driven

Equity

To reduce poverty by encouraging and supporting micro and small income generating enterprises of rural groups and individuals.

To reduce poverty by inspiring and supporting rural people to identify and prioritize their needs.

To facilitate hygiene education, initiate and support health related activities aimed at improving the health status of rural people.

To encourage environmental consciousness and friendly practices that would lead to the preservation of bio-diversity, maintain soil fertility and water purity and conservation.

To promote non-partisan general civic awareness of citizens’ rights and responsibilities under the constitution through educational campaigns and community advocacy.

To initiate and support conflict prevention, resolution and management efforts.

Engagement Strategies/Approaches

Our aspiration to make an impact and the effort to do so in the communities we operate is being supported through the following approaches:

1. Partnership and Collaboration: Recognizing that many agencies can contribute to community development and learning, WACEP work together with partners to make the most of the resources available to be as effective as possible.

2. Participation and Inclusion: Supporting people to take part in decision-making and ensuring equal opportunity and anti-discrimination while recognizing that some people have more restricted opportunities and influence (rural women and girls) so should be given particular attention is an integral part of our work.

3. Economic Empowerment: Enhancing rural livelihoods and income security through sustainable forms of land use and enterprise development.

4. Capacity Development: We are committed to ensuring the sustainability of our interventions through capacity building for women and children in skills development training, leadership and youth empowerment programs.

5. Child Wellbeing: Quality education for young learners, good guidance and adequate provision for the basic needs of children ensures child wellbeing. Our focus is to improve school water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in underserved communities. We also supply TLMs and train community preschools and kindergarten teachers. Finding communities who have the basics, but lack the support is what this program is meant for.

6. Integrated Approach: We seek to deliberately connect design, delivery and evaluation of our programs across disciplines to amplify change and or lasting impact on the lives of the rural poor populations.

Administration

The National Secretariat of WACEP Ghana is located at Sirigu, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. WACEP Ghana has a nine (9) member Board of Trustees which is the highest decision-making body made up of six (6) women and three (3) men with rich and varying professional backgrounds in-charge of designing and directing the broad policies of the organization. There is an Executive Director/Coordinator and Finance and Administrative Manager who head the full-time team that oversees the day-to-day running of WACEP Ghana. Services of technical experts are used on part time basis while voluntary service personnel are recruited to assist on specific ad-hoc projects as and when the need arises.

Jasper Ayelazuno (PhD) Board Chair abembia @yahoo.com
Hajiah Azumah Salimatu Vice Chair salkumah@live.com
Miss Esther Agumah Member estheragumah@yahoo.com
Madam Elizabeth Nyabaseh Member
Mama Melani Kasise Member

Team and Team Skills

WACEP Ghana’s team is made up of seasoned professional volunteers with experience in community based project management, training and consultancy.

These include:

1. Community organization for development,  Project needs assessment and design,

2. Project monitoring and evaluation,  Participatory community development,

3. Capacity and institution building and development,

4. Financial/project management training,

5. Strategic planning,

6. Citizens Voice and Action through monitoring standards and community score cards

7. Networking with other organizations and sourcing resources for effective and efficient delivery of development programmes..

Financial Support

WACEP Ghana depends on partnership with organizations, both local and foreign, that share common objectives and values of empowering women and children using the rural poverty reduction strategy for support in addition to proposals fund raising. Grants contribute significantly to WACEP’s budget.

Why WACEP Ghana?

We are professionals, reliable and proactive who do not downplay the age old wisdom of the rural people when designing our programs. WACEP Programs are culturally sensitive of every geographical location and we are flexible as much as flexibility is in the interest of development without compromising on our personal integrity.

Geographical Scope

In WACEP Ghana, we pride ourselves to empowering women and children to take charge of their lives and improve living conditions by driving measurable impact through our partners across target communities in Northern Ghana and seeking to promote broad based participation and partnership with the decentralized institution and or donor organizations aimed at building sustainable communities and providing innovative solutions to social, economic, health, education and environmental challenges. Together, we support the most vulnerable women and children in marginalized rural communities chart their path to self- sufficiency.

EDUCATION

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