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WORKING TOWARDS CHILD MARRIAGE FREE COMMUNITIES – THP GHANA

Written by  Jun 14, 2018
The District Chief Executive of the Upper Manya Krobo District, Hon Felix Nartey Odjao has applauded The Hunger Project-Ghana’s commitment to fight poverty and hunger through sustainable community-based programs using the epicenter strategy. Speaking at the One-Day Stakeholders Orientation Workshop on early Child Marriage, The Upper Manya Krobo D.C.E described the Epicenter as one of the most important facilities in the Upper Manya District because of its diverse significance in empowering the lives of people in the district. The Hunger Project-Ghana on 13th June, 2018 organized a one day Stakeholder Orientation Workshop for Participants or members of the Konkoney Epicenter under the Her Choice Project. The Hunger Project Ghana has been working under the Her Choice Project to bring to an end early child marriage in eight other epicenters, adding on Konkoney as the ninth epicenter. The long term objective of this program which has been running since 2016 is to create a child marriage free communities in which young girls and women are free to decide if, when and whom to marry. Speaking at the Workshop, the Country Director of THP-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Afrane tasked parents to do all they can to support the girl child by providing their basic needs. The Upper Manya Krobo District Community Health-Based Planning Services (CHPS) Coordinator under the Ghana Health Services, Emmanuel Sackey shared with participants of the workshop the health hazards of early child marriage and teenage pregnancy. He cautioned that, this societal ill might lead to continuous mal-nutrition if not uprooted from our communities. The Project Coordinator of the Her-Choice program, Patricia Osei Amponsah took participants through the outline and objectives of the program. She also called on the various stakeholders to support the program in order to sanitize our communities of this canker which continues to breed poverty and hunger. Also present at the workshop were representatives from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DoVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, department of Social development, Birth and Death, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, the Coordinating director of the Upper Many Krobo district, community leaders, teachers, nurses and some community partners. Story: Ekow Burt- Fletcher
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