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OUR PARTNERS: AMASACHINA SELF HELP ASSOCIATION, WA

AMASACHINA SELF HEP ASSOCIATION, WA

 ORGANISATION HISTORY

The formation of  Amasachina Self Help Association  was conceived in 1962  when a group of Development Activists from Northern Ghana met with members of the Northern Youth Association (attending the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi,) to discuss how cultural and development initiatives could be promoted in the North.  By 1975,  a network of village level Associations had been established throughout Northern Ghana.  The Association  carried out projects such as the construction of   clinics and promoted developmental initiatives in the North.  Again the association implemented  projects such as the construction of clinics, dams, roads and schools. Its  National secretariat also assisted Councils, Department of Co-operatives and the Banks to promote community farming and introduce Village groups to credit facilities.

 

PERIOD OF GROWTH  

With the implementation of Ghana’s Economic Recovery Programme, and the consequent influx of external development agencies, Amasachina started working with a larger range of development agencies. These included multilateral (e.g. World Bank, UNDP, IFAD), bilateral (e.g., CIDA, USAID, DFID) and international NGOs (e.g., CUSO, CRS, ADRA). The National secretariat expanded rapidly during this time, as it was required to manage larger projects and funds.

 

The unique characteristics of Amasachina as a truly indigenous NGO continue to evolve as it  strengthens its  partnerships with other international, national and regional agencies. It blends traditional knowledge and expertise with current technological and development methods in order to strengthen its partnerships with communities, NGOs and governments.

 

ORGANIZATION MISSION AND OBJECTIVES :

  •  Amasachina seeks to improve the general living conditions of communities in Ghana through:
  • Promoting  developmental initiatives and progress through self Help Initiatives of communities
  • Reinforcing developmental and self help spirit in villages and communities
  • Promoting the rich cultural heritage of Northern Ghana.

 

PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN SO FAR:

1. Reproductive and general health education (1997). This was a one year pilot project geared towards mobilizing communities  for enhanced reproductive and primary health care. It was  funded by the Centre for Development and Population Activities, Washington, D.C.  It involves 121 persons across the Northern Region.   Its successful implementation  led to another year of funding, jointly provided by CEDPA/John Hopkins University and the Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) also in the USA.

 

2. CIDA Sponsored Reproductive Health Programme in Upper West Region (2001). This was aimed at improving  access to reproductive education and contraceptives by women in the Wa District.

3. The white Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Programmen(2000).

The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is a Reproductive Health Programme dedicated to the memory of all women who have died of Pregnancy related complications.  The White Ribbon Alliance is therefore a symbol for those who wish to promote Safe Motherhood.  The aim of the White Ribbon Alliance is to mobilize partners in identifying opportunities to increase public awareness about the needless loss of lives through pregnancy related complications, and to promote safe motherhood initiatives.  CEDPA provided funding support for a one-year pilot programme in three (3) communities in the Tolon-Kumbungu district of the Northern Region and Wa District in the Upper West Region.

 

4. UNDP Global Environment Facility.  This was a two-year project aimed at preventing bush fires and decrease environmental degradation in the  then Gusheigu-Karaga District

 

6. Northern Region Lowland Rice Development Project (NRLRDP).  This was a collaborative project between the Ministry of food and Agriculture (MOFA) Ghana and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD).  The immediate objectives of the Project were  to alleviate the main constraints to the development of inland rice production  and to promote an improved, more intensive but sustainable production system which will be economically attractive to farmers. In a similar development,  Amasachina also piloted an upland rice project in Busa in the Wa District of the Upper West Region.

 

7. Family Planning and Health Project (1994-1997 and 2000-2001). This project was implemented in collaboration with USAID and GSMF. Under the first phase, the National Secretariat Staff were trained to train 105 Community-Based Distributors (CBDs), drawn from local Amasachina Associations to promote family planning and HIV/AIDS awareness. Successful development occurred through the distribution of family planning aids, reproductive health information, and awareness creation on the need to space the number of children born and/or limit the number of births (1994 –1997).  The Japan Embassy provided 75 cycles under their JGAGP to CBDs.

This project was replicated in 12 communities in Wa and supported by CIDA from January 2000 to December 2001.

 

8. UNDP Africa 2000 Network (1990-1992.)  under this project, Amasachina  received a grant for a Central Nursery and Rangeland Management Project to establish a  nursery at Datoyili to disburse tree seedlings to surrounding villages. This resulted in among other things 20 villages being to leave over 500 acres of land fallow to enable the natural regeneration of trees in the land.

 

9.  Grass root women and enterprise development (2000).  Under its micro finance programme,  Amasachina was supported by JICA to  support 210 women from Boduori in the Kaleo paramountcy in enterprise development.

 

10. Nkyinkyim Project (National Campaign Against Violence Against Women and Children – Ghana) ( 2002 – 2007)  under this project, Amasachina with technical support from Comic Relief, Womankind and Gender Centre, implemented a Strategic National Campaign on the Elimination of Discrimination of all forms of Violence Against Women and Children.   The organization was later supported by the American Embassy to replicate this project in two communities in the Wa Municipality for one year.

 

11. HIV/AIDS Project

The organization over the years has been involved in the implementation of series of activities to help in the management of the HIV/AIDS menace with funds from Ghana AIDS Commission through the Wa Municipal Assembly. The objective is to reduce stigmatization and discrimination against PLWHAs. This project is still ongoing.

 

12. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of HIPCF funded projects.  Under this project, Amasachina entered into a tripartite relationship with the Wa Municipal Assembly and Social Enterprise Foundation (SEND) of West Africa to undertake  the monitoring and evaluation of all HIPC Projects and Programmes carried out by the Wa Municipal Assembly. The project was funded by SEND Foundation.

 

13. Implementation of the District Assembly Accountability Process.  Based on the successful implementation of the monitoring and evaluation of the HIPC Programme, Amasachina went into partnership with IBIS – Ghana, under the Good Governance and Human Rights Development project to implement the District Assembly accountability process. In this Programme, Community members and Civil Society Organizations were sensitized to be able to hold political and administrative officials of the District Assembly accountable to them on the flow and utilization of all funds coming into the Assembly including internally generated funds.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Address:– The Regional Coordinator,

P O Box 257

Wa, Upper West Region

Telephone: 024 4218946/020–6595286/027 3898376

E-mail:- amasachinaself@yahoo.com

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