Lights, camera…

Lights, camera...

The team interviewing a past board member of RAINS

Well, it’s week 7 which means that we are now halfway through our International Citizen Service project in Ghana

We’re now in the fieldwork phase of our project, which involves:

  • Filming beneficiaries of past projects implemented by RAINS, our partner organisation, for a documentary to commemorate their 20th anniversary.
  • Holding focus groups on the subject of child labour, child trafficking, and child migration, in a variety of communities, with a view to writing a briefing note on some of the key trends and issues in the Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana.

There’s an awful lot still to do and only 6 weeks left… wish us luck!

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:

Hard at work

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.


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