By Eric K. Amoh/Rebecca Kajelo, GNA
April 30, GNA – A Community Based Organisation (CBO), Godly World International
Centre (GOWIC) has appealed to the government to enroll it onto the National
Youth Employment Training Models.
The CBO’s prime objective is to depend on plastic waste (sachets) as its source of raw materials to venture into basket weaving, hats, and ropes using the youth and women from rural communities in the Upper East Region.
Mr Mark Sadik, Chief Executive Officer GOWIC, who made the appeal said since his outfit started its project about two years ago, it had made significant gains in wooing women and a number of the youth to participate either directly or indirectly in recycling waste plastic materials, especially sachet water rubbers, polythene bags and other non-degradable rubber substances.
He said activities of GOWIC had led to massive rush in the collection of disposed rubber products for sale in seven communities in the Bongo District which were operational areas of GOWIC.
“Waste rubber products in these areas have become cherished property, as farmers may begrudge waste collectors who operate from their farms because they sell these polythene bags to us for our raw materials”, he added.
According to the CEO, last year, crop yields were surprisingly high even though the rains did not fall as expected, all because waste rubber products that affected farmlands in those areas leading to low yields, were no more there. Such toxics were environmentally unfriendly due to their ability to block crop germination or retard and stifle growth.
Mr Sadik indicated that the organisation was started with monies accrued from his late father’s cocoa farms which he willed and instructed the family to engage in a venture that could significantly reduce poverty and bring relief to the disadvantaged in society and any other activities that could protect the environment.
The CEO said nine groups from; Zorko area 1and 2, Zorko–goo, Vea, Akatore, Gowrie, Nyariga participated in this initiative which is to help deal with some challenges in the community such as poor health and sanitation, social vices and unemployment among the youth, low incomes and malnutrition among children under five years, high illiteracy rate and environmental degradation.
GOWIC, he said was aimed at reducing poverty and ignorance by educating and engaging the public, particularly the rural and deprived communities concerning causes, effects and ways of reducing poverty and inculcating moral values in the youth.
Mr Sadik mentioned other objectives of the organisation as; to advocate and strengthen the capacity and action of the poor, vulnerable, people with disability and the excluded, to assert their rights and overcome causes and symptoms of poverty, injustice, poor sanitation among others.
He indicated that GOWIC activities were designed in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with much emphasis on health, sanitation, education, agriculture and the environment.
“It empowers rural women through capacity building to enable them invest in profitable enterprises that will ensure food security, good nutrition and increased incomes thereby eliminating constraints that contribute to poverty.”
GOWIC currently is on a feasibility studies to ameliorate open defecation in the Bolgatanga municipality and its environs by 2020 and review and re–strategize for total elimination of the menace by 2023 in the region.
It has in addition put in place strategies and interventions to replace the use of firewood, charcoal, millet stocks and kerosene by community based biogas projects which are fed from cow dung and kitchen waste water since majority of the population were farmers.
The organisation has trained 220 of its members to weave variety of hats, baskets, dust and waste bins, and manual fans using waste plastics and polythene products. As income generation, a basket woven from the waste plastics and polythene sell between 35 to 40 Ghana Cedis which is slightly higher than the whole straw basket, while a 50 kilogramme sack full of waste plastics and polythene is sold from Gh¢10.00 to Gh¢12.00.