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As an implementing partner of SIMAVI on the Watershed Programme, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) is working with rural communities in Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Area in Western Region of Ghana; to empower citizens to do lobby and advocacy on water and sanitation.

HFFG developed Community Score Card indicators with the citizens and the local government representatives that measure Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service delivery and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in communities. The Community Score Card is a participatory tool for assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of these services.

The objective of using a scorecard is to enable frank and face to face conversation in a participatory forum that engages both service users and service providers, and ultimately the goal is to positively influence the quality, efficiency and accountability with which services are provided and used.

This is a link to a Report on Community Scorecard detailing how communities scored WASH service delivery in the last quarter of 2018.

Hope for Future Generations as part of its 20th Anniversary has launched a menstrual hygiene initiative aimed at supporting 500,000 girls with 3 million sanitary pads.

Dubbed Pads for Girls Everywhere, the initiative was officially launched on Tuesday 28th July, 2020 with a donation of 1,000 sanitary pads to about 220 girls from Kadjanya and Pediatorkope, two communities in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Speaking at the launch of the year-long intervention at Kadjanya, the Executive Director of HFFG, Cecilia Senoo explained that the project seeks to promote good menstrual hygiene management for girls (both in school and out of school) including those living with disabilities.

Young girls receive sanitary pads from HFFG

She indicated that HFFG by this project wants to break the negative social norms around menstruation and engage decision-makers, traditional leaders and opinion leaders to increase the political priority for Menstrual Hygiene at all levels.

“Menstruation should not be a barrier to prevent any girl from achieving her dreams. No girl should miss classes due to lack of sanitary pads. No girl should have health problems with her sexual and reproductive organ because of the use of unhygienic materials,” Mrs Senoo stated.

She called on the Government of Ghana to reduce or remove taxes on sanitary pads to make them more accessible to girls everywhere.

At Pediatorkope D/A Basic School located on an Island Community, 500 hundred sanitary pads were distributed to final year students preparing for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), as well as those out of school.

Headmaster of the Pediatorkope D/A Basic School, Mr David Numo expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that it will go a long way to boost the confidence of girls in the school, especially as they prepare for their exams.

Queen Mother of the Adibiawe clan in the Ada traditional area, Naana Adiki Manyeyo Adi at a community durbar thanked HFFG for choosing Ada as one of the beneficiaries of the intervention. She encouraged parents to be committed to the provision of the basic needs of their daughters to ensure that they harness their full potentials.

“I thank Hope for Future Generations for donating the pads to us. I thank them for also educating our parents to ensure we have sanitary pads. This will keep us healthy,” Gifty, a final-year pupil of the Pediatorkope D/A Basic School stated.

The Golden Line project creates capital for women’s businesses and an enabling environment for their psychosocial wellbeing.

The Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) for Women in Mining Communities under the Golden Line Programme has yielded GHC120, 650.00 from July to December, 2019 and GHC 202,500.00 from January to July, 2020.  

Four hundred and nine (409) women in 8 programme communities benefited from loans at an interest rate of 10% in 2019 and part of 2020 under Phase B of the 5- year intervention. The intervention seeks to create an enabling/supportive environment to empower women in and around artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities in the Western Region of Ghana, to improve their opportunities to engage in economic activities, decision making and sexual reproductive health and rights.

Women in mining communities face a multitude of challenges in sustaining their livelihoods, ranging from skills, access to market, alternative livelihoods and opportunities for growth. Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) as one of the local implementing NGOs representing Simavi on the Golden Line Programme, in 2019, supported Twenty-Six (26) Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLAs) in 8 programme communities to mobilize funds through savings in the form of share purchase into a loan fund. As a result, the groups gave out loans of One hundred & Twenty thousand, six hundred & fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC120,650.00) to one hundred & seventy-two (172) women.

Golden Line project

In 2020 from January to July, the same VSLA mobilized two hundred and two thousand, five hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC202,500.00) and gave out as loans to two hundred and thirty-seven (237) women from their Associations for income generation activities at an interest rate of 10%. These sum up to a total of three hundred and twenty-three thousand, one hundred and fifty Ghana Cedis (GHC323, 150.00) from their savings given out as loans to members. 

Out of this money, one hundred and seventy-four thousand, four hundred and sixty-three Ghana Cedis, 15 pesewas (GHC174,463.15) was shared out to one hundred and eighty-four (184) women according to their savings at the end of 1 year. It is interesting to know that Fifty-three (53) women from two (2) Village Savings and Loans Associations under Phase A groups also shared out one hundred and twenty thousand, four hundred and twenty-five (GHC120,425.00).

As a result of the Golden Line Programme, some women have started new businesses like provision/grocery shops, local chop bars, drinking spots, pastries, soap and beads making among others while others have improved on their old businesses. Some Phase A women have built houses ranging from one to four rooms and others have also employed people for skills training and even paid for their skills training through their share-out money at the end of one year.

A beneficiary engaged in soap making.

Periodically, HFFG staff invites the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) Officers of the Municipal/District Assemblies to train and sensitize VSLA women in their communities on business skills, alternative sources of income and what the BAC does to support people, especially women. This also created links between BAC and VSLA women for continuous mutual benefit. As a result of the linkage, BAC provided VSLA women with information on opportunities to access matching funds from Amenfiman and Fiaseman Rural Banks. The individual pays 40% of the value and receive 60% as grant by BAC under National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).

Gender and SRHR under the Golden Line project

The Golden Line Programme is working on household financial planning, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), the value of women in the household, gender equality, the management of stressful situations and the effects of gender based violence on women’s wellbeing. In view of this, VSLA women and their partners were taken through 8 weeks gender discussion series which led participants through a process in which they reflected on their own experiences, attitudes and behaviours in order to create conditions for women to make decisions about the household, and their own SRH, while remaining free from violence within their own homes. This has resulted in partners now planning together for their families and women’s contribution in the homes has been acknowledged by men.

A beneficiary engaged in cocoa farming.

Male Involvement in SRHR

HFFG staff also trained eight (8) males as agents to support women interventions in communities under engaging men in accountable practice (EMAP) with the aim of eradicating violence against women and girls. The 8 males are acting as Male Ambassadors/Allies of the programme in the communities to prevent violence against women and girls. At the community level, groups (both male and female groups) were taken through 8 weeks activities for women and 16 weeks activities for men. EMAP took participants through activities that reduce harmful behaviours and increase gender equality in the home. It also gives men the tools and knowledge to rethink of belief systems and prevent violence against women and girls, use the voices of women in the community and provide women with opportunities to reflect on violence in their lives and communities. According to women and men in Golden Line Programme communities, EMAP has resulted in a reduction in violence in the homes.

Effective Health Care Delivery

The programme team again trained the VSLA women and health workers on social accountability for effective and efficient health care delivery in 8 programme communities.  After the training, both the women and health workers assessed health service delivery in health facilities through the use of scorecards. After the scoring, impediments in health service delivery were identified. Some issues that could be solved were handled at the community level through dialogue sessions and those above community level were referred to key stakeholders. In view of this, a multi-stakeholder validation/dialogue meeting was organized on the outcome of score cards analysis for networking and improved health care service, especially SRHR. The stakeholders said they were happy with Golden Line activities and would make sure that issues of concern will be worked on to improve health service delivery as expected.

In January 2022, HFFG presented sets of Sewing machines, Knitting and Embroidery machines and accessories to the No Weapon Fashion Design; a social enterprise established under the UNAIDS Solidarity Fund, Social Enterprise Development (SED) project being implemented by HFFG.

The Social Enterprise Development (SED) is funded by the UNAIDS Solidarity Fund, which aims to improve the socio-economic status of young people and young women adversely and disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Weapon Fashion Design is located in the Kpone-Katamanso area and it will serve the Ashaiman, Bethlehem, Afariwa, community 22, Michel Camp and its neighbouring communities. The services provided include sewing apparel for different occasions, mainly for women and children and providing mentorships to apprentices in the communities interested in fashion.

The beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to UNAIDS and HFFG saying;

This project has equipped us with the necessary skills that we need for our Fashion Design Centre to thrive. We are grateful, and we hope that we can impact young girls within the community with our free apprenticeship training when it is been rolled out.

Delali Gotah, Beneficiary

The long-term plan of No Weapon Fashion Design is to set up a training school in fashion design for young women in the area who would like alternative livelihoods.

The prevalence of HIV among adolescents and young people is an issue of great concern given that many African countries including Ghana have youthful populations (UNAIDS, 2013), Ghana). According to the Ghana AIDS Commission (HSS 20I9), new HIV infections among the youth (15-25) accounted for 28% and 15% for (0-14).

Adolescents living with HIV globally experience multiple challenges associated with their condition and various social, environmental, economic, and cultural factors. To mitigate these challenges, there is the need to understand the circumstances and needs of adolescents living with HIV in designing adolescent-friendly interventions for successful outcomes. In 2019, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) selected HFFG as an implementing partner for the UNFPA Out of School (OOS) SRHR Project in the Northern, Ashanti, and the Greater Accra Regions of Ghana.

The three-year Sexual and Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) project has its key beneficiaries as Young People Living with HIV (YPLHIV), as well as Young People in Detention (YPiDs).

Project Goal and objectives

The intervention seeks to empower and equip adolescents and young people with quality and adequate information on their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) to enable them to make healthy choices.

Additionally, the project seeks to provide linkages for additional services with health (especially at the ART Units) and the social justice system (if they are abused or denied basic human rights because of their status).

Key activities and achievements.

The project kicked off with an engagement with key stakeholders for their buy-in and support. The meetings were held with Regional Health Directors and Regional HIV Focal Persons, as well as the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Social Welfare, Regional Public Health Nurse and the Metro Public Health Nurse. The support of these heads was solicited in making the implementation a success. 

In 2020, a total of 415 young people (20-24) females were mobilized and empowered with quality and adequate information on SRHR to enable them to make healthy choices about their well-being.

Furthermore, 40 YPLHIV comprising of 28 females and 12 males were trained in four skill areas, whilst some YPiDs benefitted from training as peer facilitators. In addition, about 20 Young Persons in detention (YPiD) were trained as peer facilitators and 20 YPLHIVs were also empowered with leadership skills through participation in the National SDG’s Youth summit.

In 2021, a total of 216 beneficiaries received comprehensive SRHR education under the project, whilst 40 beneficiaries received training in bakery and wig-making.  

This training has economically and psychologically empowered the beneficiaries to live a meaningful life in society.


The UNFPA Out of School (OOS) project has been vital in the growth of beneficiaries, especially in giving them the confidence to make informed decisions about their health and sexual practices.

Munira Osman 21, is a beneficiary from the northern region of Ghana. As a young person living with HIV, she notes that this project has given her the confidence to accept her condition and take the necessary steps to safeguard her health and also protect others.

Through experience sharing with other YLPHIV on the project, I have committed to adhere to my HIV medication and also make healthy choices that will not ruin my future. The project has also connected me to some health professionals who assist me with counselling services. I want to become a nurse someday so that I can also help young people living with HIV who visit my hospital for healthcare

Munira, Beneficiary.

Like Munira, Hakim Mohammed another beneficiary says the project has empowered him to know that HIV can’t stop him from reaching his full potential.

I have learned many things about teenage pregnancies and how to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Additionally, I have basic skills in bakery, so with the knowledge gained, I believe I can achieve my goals.

Hakim Mohammed, Beneficiary

Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) has secured a grant under the UNAIDS Solidarity Fund – Social Enterprise Development (SED) intervention which seeks to support young people in the development of social enterprises to help them recover from hardships they have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the six-month initiative is to support the health and economic empowerment of young people and also improve their socioeconomic status. The project is being rolled-out in the initial pilot phase in five countries including Ghana, Uganda, India, Brazil and Madagascar.

HFFG is one of the three civil society organizations in Ghana that applied to UNAIDS and was successful in securing the grant.

Under this initiative, HFFG with support from UNAIDS-Ghana is helping seven (7) young beneficiaries to establish two social enterprises namely: Martin Greenhouse Vegetable Farm (MGF) and No Weapon Fashion Design (NWFD).

MGF will produce vegetables in sheltered structures which will provide adequate growing conditions. This technique will also protect the vegetables from pests and diseases as well as adverse weather conditions. Some of the vegetables to be farmed include cucumbers, green and red peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and bell peppers.

Similarly, NWFD will provide services to key populations living in Tema and its surrounding areas. These services will include sewing apparels for different occasions, mainly for women and children and provide mentorships to apprentices in the community interested in fashion.

The long-term plan of NWFD is to set up a training school in fashion design for the beneficiaries in the area who would like alternative livelihoods.

Activities carried out so far:

Activities carried out so far:

● Mentorship sessions and capacity building is ongoing for the team members to equip them with more knowledge in the chosen venture.

● Under the MGF, the land for the farm has already been secured and cleared as well. There are two sites that the project is being undertaken currently. The first with the greenhouse is at Dzorwulu where it is being piloted and will eventually be moved to Adukrom in the Eastern region of Ghana on a larger scale.

● The processes for the building of the MGF greenhouse is underway and will be completed in few weeks to come.

● Preparations are also underway for the establishment of the fashion design house for the no Weapon Fashion Design enterprise to take off.

Ghana Somubi Dwumadie (Ghana Participation Programme) in partnership with Hope for Future Generations and the PsykKForum is implementing a four-year disability programme in Ghana, with a specific focus on mental health. This programme is funded with UK aid from the UK government. The programme is run by an Options’ led consortium, which also consists of BasicNeeds-Ghana, Sightsavers, Tropical Health and Kings College, London.

  1. Front line health workers have psychosocial needs during this COVID-19 period. Support them.
  2. Community leaders including religious leaders can also provide psychosocial support with the right capacity building
  3. Persons with disabilities including mental health conditions need psychosocial support
  4. No discrimination, No stigmatisation against frontline health workers, persons recovered from COVID-19 and persons with disabilities
  5. Toll free services make it easy to call and receive psychosocial support. People with Disabilities, including people with mental health conditions should Call 0800457231 for tele counselling
  6. Your mental health is important, seek psychosocial support to stay well.
  7. COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of Institutional structures to prioritise the psychosocial needs of their staff.
  8. Government must remain committed to support mental health and wellness for its citizens
  9. Sticking to the COVID-19 protocols save lives
  10. A mentally stable health workforce is a necessity for national development.

After eighteen (18) months of championing advocacy to end malaria in Ghana and Africa, the Youth Leaders for Health (YL4H) programme, a joint initiative by RESULTS-UK, Hope for Future Generations, CISMAT-SL (Sierra Leone), Health Promotion Tanzania- HDT and WACI Health has marked its official close-out event to end the programme.  

The close-out event was held in Accra at the Coconut Grove Hotel on 24th March 2021.  In attendance were the Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations, Mrs. Cecilia Senoo and the Deputy Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Adofo-Ofosu.

The short ceremony highlighted the achievements of the youth leaders programme, the activities implemented as well as sharing of experiences and lessons learnt over the period.

The Youth leaders seized the opportunity to also call on the Government of Ghana to increase its domestic funding and resources to end malaria. 

Eleven Youth Leaders from Ghana were presented with citations for their participation in and contribution to the success of the Youth Leaders for Health programme in the country. 

Also, solidarity messages were taken from Rosemary Mburu of WACI Health and Pushpanath Krishnamurthy from Results UK where they both urged the leaders to continue voicing out for change. 

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Adofo-Ofosu urged the Youth Leaders to take advantage of the networks built over the period of their advocacy to drive future partnerships in malaria programming. He encouraged all to not relent in their quest to impact lives positively but to continue the advocacy even as the project ends. 

The Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations, Mrs. Senoo, congratulated the Youth Leaders for demonstrating great abilities in advocacy and leadership over the period. She entreated them to see the end as the beginning in order to maintain the momentum in the work. She presented the HFFG organisational cloth to all the Youth Leaders, which she explained is a gesture that they are part and welcomed into the organisation.

The Youth Leaders for Health Programme has achieved among others:

  1. Capacity strengthening of youth leaders in an advocacy training workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to develop new skills in advocacy, malaria programming and health system strengthening. 
  1. Youth leaders’ participation in the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda as well as other national, regional and global events.
  1. Developing own campaign and running campaigning activities such as hosting events attended by politicians and decision-makers, petitions to national Governments and speaking to the media to increase support for eradicating malaria and universal health coverage, both locally and globally.
  1. Linking with local decision makers such as parliamentarians and local government officials to advocate for change. 
  1. Impacting other young people with skills and knowledge and helping them become champions for better access to health.
  1. Online advocacy and campaigns to end malaria.

To read more on the YL4H programme click here.

Compiled by:

Emmanuella Kwamee (HFFG)

Having successfully led the implementation of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) intervention under the WAPCAS/Global Fund grant, New Funding Model II (NFMII), between 2018 and 2020, Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) has again been selected as a sub-recipient with the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) as the principal recipient to lead the HIV component of the Global Fund New Funding Model III (NFMIII) grant from January 2021 to December 2023.

The NFMIII is a continuation of NFM2, building on the key achievements, successes and lessons learned.  While the objectives and goals for NFM3 remain the same as that of NFMIII (click here to learn more about the goals and objectives) there is a scale up to include more regions and districts. The project now covers all the 16 regions in Ghana with HFFG  leading the implementation of the HIV component in nine (9) regions which are as follows: Oti, Volta, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Western North, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.  In these regions, one hundred and twelve (112) districts and one hundred and forty-three (143) health facilities are listed to benefit from the NFM3 grant. 

Additionally, the HIV component under the NFMIII grant has been expanded to include a diverse community of cadres particularly, adolescents  as Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS), Mentor Mothers intervention as well as  NACP Case Managers who will strengthen the linkage between the volunteers and their facilities towards achieving the 95-95-95 HIV targets.  This will ensure a holistic approach to addressing the various needs of all HIV community members. 

Work on NFM3 has begun with an orientation for all project officers under the grant. The one-day training took place at the head office of HFFG on 2nd February 2021. Project Officers were taken through the goal, roadmap of the CSS, their roles and responsibilities as well as strategies, best practices and targets for the NFMIII. Again, all Staff have been oriented on the Global Fund Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Human Rights Policies and all other relevant policies of the Global Fund.

The project team has also conducted a familiarization visit to all selected districts/municipalities for the implementation of NFMIII as well as introducing the current phase of the project to all District Health Management Teams and In-charges of all health facilities in which the project already existed.  

Compiled by:

Emmanuella Kwamee (HFFG)