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Madam Nancy Pertey

Director of social Welfare

OBJECTIVES



The Department of Social Welfare in Weija-Gbawe Municipality over the past years has been actively preoccupied with social work under the three core programmes of Justice Administration, Child Rights Promotion and Protection, and Community Care.


  • CHILD RIGHTS PROMOTION AND PROTECTION

    FAMILY WELFARE CASES
    Two hundred and forty three [243] cases on family welfare have been reported at the department for redress so far. Two hundred and twenty three [223] of the cases were successfully resolved, thirteen [13] were referred to the court and seven [7] remained to be dealt with because the respondents did not honour the appointment.
    EDUCATION ON CHILD RIGHTS AND PROTECTION
    The Social Welfare Officers took advantage of the arbitration sessions to educate family members on the rights of children. The Social Welfare Officers again took advantage of the disbursement of the LEAP grants to incorporate child rights education in the programme. Education on the rights of the child was also undertaken in all the beneficiary communities of the LEAP Programme, eg, Bortianor, Tsokomey, Aplaku, Tuba, Dormeabra, Danchira, Amuman, Nsuobri, Mmapehia, Akotiako, Otateng, Hobor, Obakrowa, Krokoshwe, Gbawe, Ablekuma and Obom. The Social Welfare Officer, together with other Paralegals, was also supported by International Federation of Women Lawyers [FIDA] to educate the populace at Galilea on 20th June 2013 and Gbawe CP on 19th September 2013. The durbars were on Marriage and Child Rights Protection.
    82 PUPILS ENROLLED INTO TSOKOMEY M/A BASIC SCHOOL 
    The Department of Social Welfare periodically monitored 82 children enrolled into Tsokomey M/A Basic School to ensure that they regularly attended school. The children were at risk of getting involved in worst forms of child labour and therefore were enrolled into Tsokomey M/A Basic School by Parent and Child Foundation in partnership with Department of Social Welfare in 2011 to avert their sliding into child labour.
    SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME 
    The department facilitated the Municipal Assembly’s initiative of providing needy but brilliant students with sponsorship to enable them continue education and eventually get sustainable livelihoods. Many students have been supported financially to Senior High School since 2008. Some of the students have completed and the others are continuing students. The department also celebrated the World Human Rights Day and World Day Against Child Labour.
    REGISTRATION OF DAY CARE CENTRES 
    The Proprietresses of schools in response to monitoring visits paid to their schools, turn up to register their Day Care Centres. They are counselled on the appropriate steps to take in order to get the centres registered. Consequently, an average of twenty four [24] day care centres are assisted to register or renew their registration.
    LIVELIHOOD EMPOWERMENT AGAINST POVERTY PROGRAMME (LEAP PROGRAMME) 
    Cash transfer of GH¢ 75,000.00 plus are disbursed to 1,007 beneficiary households every two (2) months, 6 times each year. The beneficiary communities are Bortianor, Tsokomey, Aplaku, Tuba, Dormeabra, Danchira, Amuman, Nsuobri, Mmapehia, Akotiako, Otateng, Hobor, Obakrowa, Krokoshwe, Gbawe, Ablekuma and Obom and their environs.




  • The cash transfer has impacted positively on the poor households to prioritize the human capital development of their members in the following areas;

    1.    All children of school going age in the LEAP households attend basic schools on a regular basis (i.e. at least 80% of school days). 2.    No child in the LEAP household is trafficked or engaged in any activities constituting the Worst Forms of Child Labour. 3.    Lots of beneficiaries are investing in small household businesses and taking good care of their families.

    REGISTRATION OF BENEFICIARIES TOWARDS ELECTRONIC CASH TRANSFER 
    Ga South Municipality was among the few selected Districts to undergo the piloting of electronic cash transfer. The Facilitating Organization, MTN Ltd, initiated registration of beneficiaries of the LEAP Programme towards the electronic cash transfer on 5th of November 2013 and completed on 14th November 2013. All beneficiaries registered were given mobile phones with SIM cards, pin codes, secret words and T-Shirts and told they would be educated on the appropriate date on how to access the cash. The beneficiaries were very delighted with the mobile phones while they waited for the new system.

    ACQUISITION OF HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR BENEFICIARIES OF THE LEAP PROGRAMME 
    About six hundred and seventy beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme [LEAP] have been registered towards the acquisition of national health insurance premiums and it was envisaged that all beneficiaries of the LEAP Programme who did not have the national health insurance premiums would be assisted to acquire them. The initiative was to enable the beneficiaries of the LEAP Programme access medical care like their rich counterparts in their communities.

    DISBURSEMENT OF THE DISABILITY FUND 
    From 2011 to 2013, a total amount of GH?213,784.00 of the Common Fund was disbursed towards livelihood empowerment of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). The money was expended on persons with disabilities and Association of Persons with Disabilities towards income generating activities, health education and acquisition of assistive devices. Many of the PWDs had been empowered economically. Among them are the Royal Sparrows Band, founder of the Lord’s Child Welfare Foundation, Mr. Wisdom Agbenodzi who is assisting the children in his community at Mallam Abase to acquire basic education.

    REGISTRATION OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS 
    The Department of Social Welfare has been facilitating the registration of non-governmental organizations operating in the Municipality. An average of three (3) NGOs are registered each year.
    HOSPITAL WELFARE: SUPPLY OF INFANT FORMULA FROM NESTLE GHANA As part of the department’s social interventions, the social worker at the Ga South Municipal Hospital wrote to Nestle Ghana Limited concerning three children a set of twins and a baby girl] for the supply of Infant Formulas (Lactogen Classic). The children were malnourished as a result of inadequate breast feeding and supplementary foods. The Infant Formulas were consequently supplied to these three children until they were one year old. Both parents were very grateful to Nestle Ghana Limited and the Department of Social Welfare for their support and helping their children to meet their nutritional needs and regain adequate growth.

    DONATION OF SIX WHEEL CHAIRS TO THE GA SOUTH MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL 
    APF Ministries International at Tema Community Twenty-Two, via the intervention of the Department of Social Welfare, donated six [6] wheel chairs to the Ga South Municipal Hospital on 28th August, 2013. The wheel chairs were handed over to the hospital management towards the improvement of health delivery at the hospital.

    REHABILITATION OF MENTALLY ILL 
    Three (3) men and two (2) women who were mentally ill were sent to the Accra and Pantang Mental Hospital to be treated and subsequently rehabilitated towards reintegration into the society. Three were thus admitted and given treatment. Monitoring visits paid to the hospital revealed that the patients were recovering and indeed they were discharged at the appropriate time as the social workers had envisaged.


    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Objectives

    The staff of the department of Community Development of undertakes various activities in the Weija/Gbawe Municipality. Over the years the assembly has formed new groups and strengthen old ones to them through educational programmes, skill training and follow-up visits. Field workers undertook various activities with the group through Adult Education, (Study group meetings and mass meetings), Extension services and Home Science Extension programmes. In all, the staff of the department were able to form thirty-six (36) study and women’s groups.

    • Adult Education:
      The Adult Education Programmes of the Department have impacted a lot on the lives of the beneficiaries. For example; •    The malaria prevention discussions during the study group meetings have made most people to sleep in bed nets. •    The adult education talks given to the groups have made positive impact on the lives of the beneficiaries with special reference to the health insurance education. Most of them have taken the initiative to register with the scheme. •    The breast screening exercise has also helped beneficiaries to know their status and those who were diagnosed seeked medical treatment. •    The awareness creation programme on Human Rights and the Rights of Children by the Paralegal Team in the municipality is having a lot of impact on the lives of women and children.
      Extension Services:
      The department through its continued effort sustained its collaborative efforts with its stakeholders in the Municipality and other government Agencies: •    127 women benefitted from breast cancer screening which was sponsored by World Vision Ghana in 2008. One woman was diagnosed and given early treatment. •    20 people made up of 18 females and two males of the Obom Zonal Council benefitted from Social Accountability Training which was sponsored by Community Based Rural Development Programme in 2008. •    As part of the effort to strengthen the capacity of MMDAs and also empower communities to demand accountability from service providers and leaders in general, the Department trained forty (40) people Konkon and Ashamoah communities in Social Accountability in 2009. •    The Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) under its Community Based Natural Resource Management Component (CBNRMC) provided seventeen (17) boreholes to the communities along the Ponpon degraded watershed in the Obom Zonal Council.The 17 Water and Sanitation Management Terms in the beneficiary communities were taken through series of training programmes by a consultant in the year 2007 to effectively manage the water facilities. •    Two hundred and Seventy (270) women who were selected from sixty five (65) Water and Sanitation Management Teams were trained in leadership skills to enable them participate in all community decision making process. •    One hundred and one (101) Water and Sanitation Management Teams were formed and trained to manage the LSDGP/GoG/CMB boreholes drilled in the 114 communities in the Municipality.
      Home Science Extension Programme:
      •    Fifty Seven (57) women were supported by Home Finance Company (HFC), Nkraban a Credit Institution and Parent and Child Foundation with soft loans to improve upon their income generating activities in 2009. •    160 women were trained in income generating ventures to make the self employed. •    60 women participated in various demonstrations to improve home making. •    The Apostolic Women’s Movement at Mallam was presented with an oven by the Municipal Assembly to aid them in their baking and confectionery project.