So long, farewell… and now there’s plenty of work to do…


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With the end of March came the end of Phase 1 of International Service‘s project with RAINS, and the end of Tolu, Ben and Rhogan’s time in Ghana.

The three of them have been amazing volunteers and they’ll be missed by everyone in the office.

The placement ended with a validation meeting at which we presented the results of our Impact Assessment of RAINS’s Next Generation Project, which set out to tackle child trafficking and child labour, and to address the downsides relating to kayaye (headportering) and fostering, in the Northern Region of Ghana.

IMG_5729Our report included suggestions for how projects like the Next Generation Project could be improved. It also highlighted a number of opportunities for further work in the Northern Region of Ghana. The next groups of volunteers coming to RAINS will use this analysis to build on some of the opportunities identified.

Working 9 to 5…

It’s come to our attention that some people don’t think we’re doing any work here.

So, just in case you’re thinking that all we do here is watch football and sit on crocodiles, here’s some photographic proof that we’ve been hard at work in the office:

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Our project is based at RAINS (Regional Information and Advisory Network Systems), where we are doing an impact assessment of the ‘Next Generation Programme’ that was run from 2007 until 2010. Funded by Comic Relief, the project focussed on

  • improving the treatment of foster children, and
  • reducing the number of children going to work as kayaye (head porters) in bigger cities like Kumasi and Accra.

Both practices (child fosterage and being sent for kayaye) are widespread in this region of Ghana. No doubt we will give you more in-depth information on the project and its background soon. In the meantime, here’s a photograph of us interviewing some of the beneficiaries of the project today, in Kpalung.

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That’s TWO pieces of photographic evidence of us hard at work. Happy now?