Tamale, Dec 16, GNA – The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), an international non-governmental organization, this year presented over 500 bicycles to school children to help them to commute to school.
The move was to reduce the time it took the children especially girls who were majority recipients to commute to school and reduce absenteeism as well as avoid drop-outs rates due to distances.
In some of the project areas especially in the Northern Region, pupils walk up to seven kilometres to access the nearest school, hence the provision of the bicycles.
Mr George Baiden, Country Director of CCFC said this at a media day in Tamale when he outlined some of the achievements of CCFC this year.
The media day has been instituted by CCFC to brief journalists about its projects as well as tour some of the projects.
Projects toured as part of the media day included; a Rice Processing Mill at Daboashie in the East Gonja District, which was helping rice farmers in the area to process their rice, and a community clinic at Wantugu in the Tolon District, which would soon be completed.
Mr Baiden said with support from ChildFund Korea, CCFC was constructing a six-classroom block for Kpinchilla in the East Gonja District to increase access for children to education and to increase enrolment.
He said CCFC also supported 230 women with goats to provide nutrition and supplement household incomes in communities including; Gbanyamle, Zawgyuri and Bognayilli in the Northern Region and gave assurance their commitment to working to find innovative ways to deliver sustainable development for deprived rural communities.
Mr Edward Abanga, Programme Manager of Presby Agricultural Services and Child Development Programme, a partner organization of CCFC, said the establishment of the rice processing centre at Daboashie had brought relief to women and the teeming youth in the area as many of them were into rice production, processing and marketing of rice mill.”