In collaboration with International Needs New Zealand, International Needs Ghana implemented a project to prevent and withdraw children at risk and involved in fishing, from September 2006 to October 2008. It was funded by KOHA-PICD of New Zealand and International Aid and Development Agency.
The project was implemented in these ten communities in the Gomoa and Awutu Effutu Senya Districts of the Central Region of Ghana; Nyanyano, Fetteh, Apam, Abrekum, Mumford, Dago, Akyemfo, Mankoadzi, Akosua Village and Winneba. In all, eight hundred and thirty (830) children benefited from the project.
Activities implemented to achieve the objectives of the project were in two forms; direct and indirect. Indirect activities included awareness raising programmes such as public education on the worst forms of child labour especially in fishing and film shows. Children’s fora in the forms of debates, poetry recitals, songs and sketches on child labour in fishing as well as dangers in fishing were also organized.
Direct activities included psychosocial and emotional counseling for beneficiary children, enrollment of the beneficiary children into basic schools and vocational training centers. They were provided with uniforms, learning materials, training materials as well as their school levies and training fees.
Some parents of beneficiary children also benefited from livelihood diversification programmes in crop production (maize, okro). They were supported in the production of maize and okro in other to empower them economically so they could support their children in school