Kyeredeso (B/A)� Four farming communities in the Nkoranza Municipality of the Brong-Ahafo Region have secured US$ 36,000 micro-grant from Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA), a United States Non Governmental Organisation to undertake various development projects.
Each of the communities-Kyeredeso, Salamkrom, Donkro-Nkwanta and Nwoase will receive US$ 9,000 to construct Community-based Health Planning Service (CHPS) compound, nurses quarters, community Centre and teachers quarters respectively.
They are expected to complete the projects within eight months.
Mr Jonathan Kaufman, the Executive Director of ACA, an international organisation that works to support communities threatened by mining activities in Africa, said the grant was made available through contributions from individuals and philanthropic organisations in the United States.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the agreement was signed between the beneficiary communities and ACA at Kyeredeso, Mr Kaufman expressed the hope that the communities would use the funds judiciously.
He said the Works Department of the Nkoranza Municipal Assembly was responsible for monitoring the projects and advised the department to play that role effectively.
Mr Kaufman said his organisation was implementing a three-year initiative dubbed Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP), a project which helped the communities to identify their vision, set goals, and implement development projects to better their lot.
Nana Nyarko Abronoma II, the Chief of Kyeredeso, on behalf of the communities, thanked the ACA for the support and lobbied the assistance from other NGOs saying the communities in the area were deprived of basic social facilities.
Nana Ama Osei Kyei-Baffour, Ghana’s Programme Director of the ACA, said the communities identified their respective projects themselves, and cautioned them against diverting the funds.
She said the ACA started the FCAP project in the area in 2016, after the communities had rejected attempts by Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) to mine in the area in 2011 for fear that their farmlands and water bodies would be threatened.
Since that time, through the FCAP project the communities have been able to define their goals and determine how best to pursue them for their own development, she said.
Source: Ghana News Agency