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The inclusion of people with disabilities (PWDs) within the scope of everyday processes,as well as community participation and leadership positions, is necessary to have vibrant and dynamic societies. Differently abled persons have important perspectives, abilities, talents and skills to offer their communities.

In this vein, Hope for Future Generations promotes the diverse cases of persons with disabilities through two (2) programmes, HopePal and Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO).

Through these initiatives, HFFG advocates for the advancement of people with disabilities in the public and private sector through capacity building interventions, educational projects, mentorships and internships, employment and volunteerism.

These approaches are vital in supporting the rights of PWDS, particularly in gaining social and political inclusion, proper access to quality health care and education, use of public facilities, provision of technological equipment to assist their needs, and enhanced media advocacy sharing widespread communication about their experiences.

As the caretakers and nurturers of families and communities, women are in the best place to make beneficial effects on all persons – other women, men, adolescents and children. This happens when women are supported to build their capacities, knowledge, talents, skills and desires in secure and encouraging environments.

Engaging women in fish mongering

To this end, HFFG invests in women’s economic empowerment, specifically through The Golden Line Programme (partnered with Simavi), a village savings and loan scheme for women in rural and mining communities in the Western region of Ghana. Through this initiative, women participants learn critical skills in entrepreneurship, women’s rights, solidarity consciousness, marketing and communications and livelihood advancement. The project beneficiaries also serve in the role of peer educators and community ambassadors, sharing the tools gained through this experience with others in mentorship, teaching and business engagement. Participants are also trained as whistleblowers for inclusion in the Violence Against Women Watchers (VAWW) programme serving alongside representatives from the district assemblies and male traditional leaders in their communities. Therefore, economic empowerment not only increases resources but also voices speaking truth to power.

In the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HFFG works to provide access to quality information and health services for women, youth and adolescents, particularly for family planning; maternal, neonatal and child health; teen mothers and pregnant teenagers; comprehensive abortion care; sexuality and gender identity and representation; HIV/AIDSand sexually transmitted infections (STIs); bodily health, choice, integrity and rights; and menstrual health.

Our peer group having a discussion on their sexual health and rights

A major success in this thematic area is the creation of peer educators (in and out of school youth leaders) who through HFFG’s intervention and mentorship build community integrated platforms for other young people to discuss SRHR issues and seek access to key services. This is done through school clubs, youth forums, drop-in centres, church and mosque discussions, field trips, counseling sessions, entrepreneurial skill trainings, community durbars, youth-led radio programmes, and events featuring art, drama, film and sports.

Through these action agendas, young people like those involved in the UKAID/Paladium funded Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (GHARH) project, are gaining opportunities to create new pathways of insight, solidarity, and change within their communities while also building significant leadership skills that carry real weight and power.

Violence against women and girls is a systemic global issue. According to a BMC Public Health report, 33 to 37 percent of women in Ghana have experienced intimate partner violence during the course of a relationship (including physical, sexual, emotional and psychic violence).

In Ghanaian schools, studies found that 14 percent of girls are survivors of sexual abuse and 52 percent have experienced gender-based violence during some point in their lives. These numbers are likely understated, as girls and women tend not to report abusive crimes for fear of heightened violence or repudiation by family
or community members.

Therefore, the work of HFFG in this realm is necessary to curb such trends. The organisation advocates for an end to domestic violence, child marriages (early and forced), witch camps, genital cutting, as well as rape, molestation, defilement and sexual harassment. Multiple women participants are also trained as whistle blowers for inclusion in the Violence Against Women Watchers (VAWW) programme serving
alongside representatives from the district assemblies and male traditional leaders in their communities.

HFFG creates and manages integrated community programmes that address these intersectional issues and
provide safe space for women and girls to seek information about their human rights, treatment and services, counseling, capacity building, entrepreneurial skills and community solidarity.

Hope for Future Generations works in the area of Health, Prevention of Diseases to provide advocacy and action initiatives in service of eradicating malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and open defecation within Ghanaian communities.

This area also focuses on mobilising quality information and access to services that detail proper procedures for water sanitation
and water resource management, nutrition and hygiene by working with project partners such as UNICEF (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and also Integrated Water Resource Management) and Simavi (Advocacy for Resources for Malaria Stoppage).

The emphasis is on securing diagnoses prior to treatment, reducing the number of treatable cases and increasing national and local government funding for preventable diseases.

The key objectives are to address poverty through thematic strategies in advocacy, networking and outreach and increasing identification and training of internal community ambassadors; building behaviour change communications and message communication campaigns for amplified awareness; and developing capacity building interventions so that targeted solution-making can be directed into sustainable, ongoing projects within communities.