Northern Friends for Development (NFD)
Northern Friends for Development (NFD) is een NGO
en een non-profit organisatie en is gesitueerd in Tamale, in noord-Ghana.
NFD heeft daarom het volgende traject opgezet:
Fase 2: Stageperiode van 8 maanden.
Fase 3: Startersfase.
Northern Friends for Development (NFD)
Northern Friends for Development (NFD) is a NGO
and a non-profit organisation, operating in Tamale in the northern region of
Ghana. The project is operational since September 2005.
The process of the project:
Step 2: 8 months attachment:
Step 3 is to help them to start their own small
business, by micro-finance.
Kayayoo Girls Northern Friends for Development (NFD)
Verder dient het plan ook
nog te bevatten:
Kayayoo Girls Northern
Friends for Development (NFD)
a) Education Plan
b) Commercial Plan
c) Prevention Plan
Project Description March 2007
the efforts being made by both governmental and non-governmental organisations
to address streetism of Northern youth girls, much is still needed in
strategizing new approaches in the implementation of projects to address
Friends For Development is proud to be in its 3rd year of operation.
Currently, as an organization we have switched our mandate from focusing on
getting girls back from Accra and Kumasi, to rather the implementation of a
comprehensive prevention program. We feel that this is the most effective way to
tackle streetism from its root and educate the women and their families from the
communities in Tamale.
Namely, the goal is to decrease rural-urban migration by educating and informing people in the rural communities and giving them alternatives to become economically independent.
To realize the above goal the following specific objectives are to be achieved:
Project Manageress: Hawalatu Inusah
Teacher: Paul Laari
Two Year Volunteers: Ben Staarink and Desiree Pleumeekers
will be two groups of beneficiaries. The
first group of beneficiaries of this project shall be the girls currently
enrolled in our prevention program. They are in two groups: the first is
finished attending classes, and are now working in attachment in the various
skill trades. The members of the second group are in the first phase of the
program and they attend classes daily. It
is important to note that the family members of the girls from the various
communities are also considered to be beneficiaries of N.F.D. as they also
benefit from the free education that their daughters/sisters etc are receiving
at our place, and will in the future benefit from the income that the girls will
we are operating out of a facility located in Tamale at Kumbungu Road in the
area Filling Point. The physical
building consists of:
- An Office
- A teaching room for education purposes
- A compound for skill training
- A store to sell the products
NFD will sell the practical products of trainees to acquire some substantial amount in order to plough back investment into course training. Ideally, a percentage of this amount (according to the commercial plan) will be reserved to finance business start-up after course completion.
The entire educational process of Northern Friends for Development takes two years and two months.
It can be broken up into the following phases:
-Year One: Skill Training and Complementary Studies. This can be further broken down into two levels: High level (the girls who have finished a primary school education and some Junior Secondary School education in specific cases) and low level (those girls who have no background in formal education whatsoever.)
-Eight Months: Attachment in specific skill trade
-Six Months: Business Operation from container funded by micro-finance
(Girls who prove themselves able to manage their own business after the six month period will receive a stretcher and will leave the N.F.D. program. Any girl requiring further guidance and assistance will remain in the container for as long as deemed necessary.)
The girls that are receiving the skills training are in the first phase of the program, and will be in this phase for one year. Skill training is intended to transmit skills, attitudes, values and knowledge to the girls so that they can become self sufficient by securing sustainable livelihood. The training occurs every morning, and currently we have two teachers in the weaving and hair dressing departments. Hawalatu, the project manageress, is the teacher of Batik tie and dye. Skill training teachers are paid monthly at a rate of 250 thousand cedis.
Vocational courses that we offer are:
- Batik and Tie and Dye
- Hair Dressing
Each girl will be offered the opportunity to choose her vocational course upon entering N.F.D. They will additionally receive complementary studies for this yearly period.
The girls in year one of the program are also receiving complementary studies in the afternoons. The studies are as follows:
-English- four afternoons a week
-Math- four afternoons a week
-Health Education- Friday afternoons
-Computer Education- for high-level students only, twice per week in the afternoons for a three- month period.
The teacher for the low-level students is Paul, as he is able to communicate to the girls in Dagbani. Northern Friends for Development accepts foreign volunteers, mostly from the Dutch organization Norghavo, to teach the various subjects in high-level.
After completion of the yearlong skill training and complementary studies program, the girls will go out on attachment for eight months to learn the specifics of their trade in the field.
Currently we have nine girls out on attachment, five in sewing and four in weaving. Their masters are paid for each girl they accept at a rate of 200 thousand cedis per girl. The girls remain with them Monday through Saturday for the entirety of the working day.
Business by Micro-Finance
After completion of the attachment period the girls will graduate with a ceremony. They will then be set up in a container under the Northern Friends For Development umbrella and funded by a micro-finance initiative. All the documents have been completed so as to begin this phase.
The first round of girls will graduate this coming May and will be set up in the containers thereafter. They will work together in the containers for a six-month period. The girls who prove to be strong in all aspects of the business management, will then move out of the container and given stretchers to run businesses of their own, and those who still need guidance and help will remain in the containers for as long as deemed necessary.
Northern Friends for Development is pleased to have the following supplies:
-Computer and Printer
-Desk and Office Furniture
-Hair-dressing teaching materials
-Five sewing machines
-Chalk-board and chalk
-Small amount of chairs and no desks (insufficient)
-Approximately one textbook for each subject (insufficient)
-Small amounts of notebooks (distributed on an as needed basis)
In the distant future we are hoping to eventually have a larger building in the Katarga Village, but for now, we are focusing on firmly establishing our girls in all phases of the program and ensuring that Northern Friends for Development has economic stability and longevity.
Education Plan 2007
Northern Friends for Development strives to maintain a basic level of
education for all girls enrolled. It is important that N.F.D. does this, as it
is proven that having even a minimal education can open many doors in life and
help facilitate communication in the future. We try to implement formal
education in the form of classroom learning as well as practical education in
skill trades. As many of the girls come from rural communities, and their
upbringings are varied, some have no experience of formal education whatsoever.
Therefore, we take this into consideration and offer our education at the most
basic of levels.
2.0 Educational Period
The formal educational period lasts for one year. Girls that are
introduced into the program immediately enter this phase. They then spend the
year learning the skill trades in the mornings and receiving formal education in
In learning the skill trades, the girls choose individually which skill
they would like to pursue.
the formal education, there are two levels. The low level is for the girls who
have no background in formal education and it is at the basic of levels. It is
also taught entirely in the Dagbani language. The high level is for the girls
who have completed primary school and a few of them have some years experience
in Junior Secondary School. In this case, there are foreign Dutch volunteers who
teach independently without a translator.
Upon arriving at N.F.D. the girls choose which skill they would like to
learn. Currently the skills offered are as follows:
-batik tie and dye
Currently our sewing machines are with the girls who are out on
attachment. We hope to have sewing be a skill trade taught during mornings in
Each of these other trades is taught every day in the mornings.
Currently the following courses are offered:
-English (daily in the afternoons)
-Math (daily in the afternoons)
-Health Education (Fridays in the afternoon with a translator)
The teaching occurs from 1:30 to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday.
Currently, we are lucky to have computer education twice a week for
high-level students on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Teachers are given complete creative freedom in creating the lessons. We
encourage that they make them as interactive as possible and frequently take
breaks to teach songs or games to keep interest levels high.
The teaching personnel are as follows:
-Paul Laari: A local volunteer who teaches level one formal education in
Dagbani. He also works as a translator in the high level when needed.
-Femke: A foreign volunteer who teaches health education on Fridays, and
math in the high-level formal education on Tuesdays.
-Linda: A foreign volunteer who teaches high-level formal education in
English on Thursdays.
-Madam Abena: Teacher in the hairdressing education
-Madam Abiba: Teacher in the weaving education
Please note: Both Femke and Linda are foreign volunteers, and thus, will
only be with us for a designated period of time. Therefore, it will soon be
necessary to arrange for more volunteers to join us at N.F.D. to help with the
facilitation of our education plan.
As Northern Friends for Development is a Non-Governmental Organization,
we have very limited means in which to obtain materials. Thus, all materials
mentioned here can be considered insufficient to currently meet our needs. The
materials we are using are thus follows:
-Health Book developed by Femke
-2 Environmental Textbooks
-1 Science Textbook
-2 Health Books
- Low Level Math Books
- High Level Math Books
- Some English Books
- Some health pamphlets developed by Marieke- a prior volunteer
-Any documents pertaining to lessons saved on the computer from September
-2 Blackboards and some chalk
-One Classroom (the high level students learn outside in front of the
complex beside the street)
-A few chairs and no desks
-Schoolmaterials purchased by Ben Staarink and Desiree Pleumeekers
8.0 Future Hopes and
We have many hopes and ideas that we feel would make the teaching process easier. They are:
1). We need more textbooks. Ideally, we would like to supply each girl with her own textbooks so that she can study at home.
2). We need more classroom furniture. If each girl had a proper desk and chair, we believe it would add to her concentration level and help her to write properly.
3). It is imperative that we keep getting foreign volunteers to help us with teaching. Paul is a local volunteer, who also has a full-time teaching job, so it is impossible for him to teach all levels of education. Also with an increase in foreign volunteers we can expand our subjects taught according to their specific areas of expertise.
4). We want to encourage more high-level students to join us at N.F.D. When a girl already has some basic education, it shows that she has the motivation to attend classes and study hard. Currently, we have some trouble with our low-level students as they do not concentrate or want to attend classes.
5). We must continue to pay our teachers in the skill trades on a monthly basis. This is imperative so that the teachers will stay with us. We need therefore a reliable source of income to pay these teachers.
6). We wish to continue keeping educational records on the computer. Therefore, when we obtain new teachers, they can access our records and learn from what was taught in the past, and make improvements.
7). We wish to encourage teachers to continue to make lessons as interactive as possible. Diagrams, physical objects, interactive activities and anything that can stimulate interest are essential.
8). In the future, and perhaps distant future, we would like to have another classroom for our high-level students. Then they would not be distracted by noise from the street.
9). We would like to purchase some more sewing machines so that they can be used both on attachment and during the teaching process.
This plan will be evaluated on a yearly basis and our needs re-assessed.
ANNUAL REPORT 2007.
The aim of the annual report 2007 is to give an overview of the facts of 2007. Not only financial issues will be mentioned, but also the events and an evaluation of 2007 and a budget for the year 2008. The annual report is written to give the sponsers/donors in the Netherlands an idea how their money is spent for NFD and also to inform them about the year 2007 and the plans/budget for 2008.
Introduction Ben and Dees.
Since September 2006 Ben and Dees are working full time as voltunteers for Northern Friends for Development (NFD). They will work on this project till August 2008. The organization sending out is Northern Ghana Volunteers (NorGhaVo).
Address: NorGhaVo, to Ben and Dees P.O. Box 447, Tamale N/R Ghana Phone Ben and Dees: 00233 24 6667653 E-mail Ben and Dees: email@example.com Website: www.bendeesonderweg.nl Donations to: Giro 9397346 to NorGhaVo Netherlands in Nijmegen; project Ben and Dees.
Northern Friends For Development.
Contactperson : Hawalatu Inusah Kumbumgu Road, area Filling point P.O. Box 472 Tamale N/R Phone: 024-4586332 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.northernfriends.tk
The goal of NFD is to prevent that young girls go to Kumasi and Accra to work their as Kayayoo-girl (head-portage); so to decrease the rural-urban migration. Prevention is better than cure! NFD creates possibilities for these girls in their own region (in the North of Ghana, here in Tamale), in a way that they get the possibility at the end to become independent in a financial way. NFD is a Non Governmental Organization (N.G.O.) and its running depends fully on donations.
Actually the NFD programme started in September 2005 and consists of three steps: - Step 1: Education (12 months): In the morning practical skills like sewing, weaving, hairdressing and batik tie & dye; in the afternoon math, English and health education. - Step 2: Attachment (8 months) - Step 3: Containers Kukuo market and finally own shop/stretcher/own business by micro-finance.
Hawalatu (Director) is working full time as a volunteer and teacher Paul half time as a volunteer too. From September 2006 till August 2008 Ben and Dees work full time as volunteers at the NFD project.
At the end of 2007 NFD counted - Step 1 : 13 girls( 3 weaving, 4 hairdressing, 6 sewing) - Step 2 : 6 girls ( 1 weaving, 5 hairdressing) - Step 3 : 7 girls ( 3 weaving, 4 sewing).
Totaly 26 girls were involved in NFD at the end of 2007.
PARENTS-TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: During 2007 several
times it was necessary that NFD organized some PTA's to discuss for example the
lack of motivation of the girls. It seems that the parents are not really
involved in the NFD process. NFD is free of charge for them, but the caretakers
don't care at all!
Evaluation of the year 2007.
In 2007 many important issues were realized for NFD. Ben and Dees were often disappointed due to the bad cooperation with Hawa. But also the girls at Kukuo market added a lot of stress; unmotivated but also unable to sew and weave properly. But being in Ghana also means "slow, slow and small, small". Sometimes it was difficult to find the balance between achieving results and realizing that due to the ghanaian way there was always a reason to have patience. Our slogan was: Try to transform frustrations into challenges!!!
Receipts and expenditures 2007.
Note that all amounts are mentioned in GHc! Exhange rate: 100 Euro = 130 GHc.
- received from donors in the Netherlands through
What has still to be done (activities).
At the short term the aim of the NFD project in step 3 is that in 2008 13 girls go from Kukuo market to their own stretcher to start their own business by micro-finance. At the long term a lot has to be done to prevent that NFD will collapse when Ben and Dees leave the project in August 2008. Of course the follow-up has to be arranged, but also a financial manager (step 1) and a micro-finance professional (step 3) are very necessary. And last but not least Hawa has to spend a lot of energy to fundraising activities.
Budget 1-1-2008 till 1-7-2008: (in GHc)
Credit balance 1-1-2008: 3.507
Expected expenditures from 1-1-2008 till
Note: In the Netherlands (NorGhaVo) there is an amount of 500 Euro (GHc 650) donated on January 3 in the year 2008.