Yesu Dea VIP Bus CEO Donates Bus and other Items to Children’s Homes in Bolga

Mr. Yaw Amponsah Marfo, the Chief Executive Officer of Yesu Dea VIP Transport Services Limited, recently made a generous donation of 46-seater KIA Bus and food items to three children’s homes in Bolgatanga, including the Child Development Center of NABOCADO.

This donation, according to Mr. Amponsah, was a direction from God to support the less-privileged individuals across the country. “Every year, I select one region to make this donation, and I am grateful to God for giving me the strength and energy to fulfill His will,” he stated.

During a colorful ceremony held to mark the occasion, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bolgatanga expressed his appreciation for the donation. The assembly will work together with the three beneficiary homes, namely the Child Development Center, Mama Laadi Children Home, and God’s Love Children Home, to utilize the bus as a source of revenue for the homes.

Dr. Joseph Bangu, the Director of the Good Governance, Justice, and Peace directorate, delivered an address on behalf of the Human Development Coordinator of NABOCADO. He emphasized that the bus donation would leave a lasting impact on the lives of the children and the homes, assuring that the vehicle would be well-maintained.

In addition to the bus, the donation also included 100 bags of rice, 18 boxes of tomato paste, 17 packs of toilet paper, 2 gallons of oil, 2 bags of sugar, and 2 bags of washing powder. These items will be divided among the three homes to further support their needs.

Strengthening Farmers’ Resilience: NABOCADO’s Open Field Day Inspires Sustainable Agriculture Practices

NABOCADO’s Livelihood and Advocacy directorate organized an Open Field Day at Gowrie in the Bongo district, which saw the enthusiastic participation of 50 community animators and farmers from six districts.

The event, hosted by renowned farmer Mr. Aniah Richard Adongo, focused on sharing knowledge and promoting sustainable farming practices to enhance farmers’ resilience against the effects of climate change.

The Open Day was a key component of the Strengthening of Smallholder Farmers’ Resilience towards a Changing Climate (SCRAS) project, led by NABOCADO and funded Misereor. The project aims to foster innovation and adoption of local sustainable agriculture practices, ensuring food security and nutrition for farmers and their families.

During the event, farmers had the opportunity to interact, learn, and share practical ideas with their peers under the guidance of Mr Adongo. His expertise in innovative agricultural techniques and organic farming practices made him the perfect host for this knowledge-sharing initiative. Participants were able to gain insights into sustainable farming practices that can be implemented in their own communities.

From lively discussions to hands-on experiences, the event proved to have inspired farmers to embrace sustainable agriculture practices. By fostering knowledge exchange and practical learning, the event empowered farmers to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change.

The SCRAS project, of which the Open Field Day is a part, exemplifies NABOCADO’s commitment to supporting smallholder farmers and ensuring food security. Through initiatives like these, NABOCADO continues to make a positive impact in communities, promoting sustainable agriculture and building resilience for a better future.

“NABOCADO should be made a center of excellence for dev’t organizations” – CRS Country Director

Country Director of Catholic Relief Services, CRS, Daniel Mumuni has praised the Navrongo- Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO and called for it to be recognized as a Center of Excellence for all Diocesan Development Organizations.

Speaking Tuesday, 8th November 2023 at a three-day Learning session for Caritas / Diocesan Development Organizations held in Bolgatanga, Mr. Mumuni expressed his excitement at NABOCADO leading the engagement, highlighting the importance of peer learning being preached by CRS Ghana.
He stated “I have always advocated that NABOCADO should be made a center of excellence where all dioceses can come to learn about the structures needed to implement development programs. So, they’re registered, they have a board, they have a strategic plan, they’ve robust financial management systems. They have various structures, including program management teams that can go out to deliver and implement programs. So, makes it easy for us to either put funds in them or support them to attract resources.

The CRS Country Director also mentioned their successful collaboration with NABOCADO over the past year, resulting in increased resources for the organization. “In the last year, we have implemented two or three programs together and on the back of it, they have also gotten more resources. Today [NABOCADO] is one of the largest implementers of UNHCR on the Refugee crisis. It is happening because they (NABOCADO) have taken the pain to develop their institutional capacity.”

The three-day learning session attended by Diocesan Development Coordinators from across Ghana, aims identify gaps and best practices, it also draws upon NABOCADO’s learning experiences and develop a prototype organizational structure that will enhance the roadmap for functional Diocesan Development Organizations (DDOs).

Below are excerpts of the meeting in pictures.

NABOCADO Empowers Border Protection Monitors to Safeguard Asylum Seekers Along Ghana-Burkina Faso Border

The Good Governance, Justice and Peace directorate of NABOCADO, organized a highly beneficial capacity training session for border protection monitors from communities along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border in the Upper East Region.

This significant training initiative was made possible through the UNHCR-Caritas Ghana Project, a collaborative effort between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Caritas Ghana. The project is being implemented by NABOCADO, the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, renowned for its remarkable contributions to humanitarian causes.

The training session was a vital component of the project’s comprehensive approach to address the pressing issue of Burkinabes seeking asylum in Ghana. These individuals have been forced out of their homes due to the relentless attacks perpetrated by violent extremists in Burkina Faso. Recognizing the urgent need to provide assistance and support to these displaced individuals, the project aims to offer a humanitarian intervention that ensures their safety and well-being.

The primary objective of the training, held on a Monday, was to equip the border protection monitors with upgraded tools and skills essential for effectively carrying out their crucial duties. These dedicated monitors play a pivotal role in monitoring and reporting on Burkinabes seeking asylum, particularly those who first arrive in the border communities.

During the training, the monitors were provided with comprehensive presentations on Border Protection Monitoring and Reporting. These informative sessions covered various aspects, including the identification of potential asylum seekers, the documentation of their cases, and the reporting procedures necessary for their protection and support. Additionally, the monitors received thorough training on the utilization of Kobocollect, a cutting-edge data gathering tool that enables efficient and accurate information collection.

To further enhance their capabilities, the monitors were also presented with brand new smartphones. These devices will serve as invaluable aids in their critical work, enabling them to gather and transmit vital information promptly and securely. Equipped with these upgraded tools and skills, the monitors are now better prepared to fulfill their responsibilities in monitoring and reporting on Burkinabes seeking asylum.

The capacity training session was a success, empowering the border protection monitors with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to carry out their duties effectively. This initiative exemplifies the unwavering commitment of NABOCADO, the UNHCR, and Caritas Ghana to promote peace, justice, and humanitarian assistance in the region. Through our collective efforts, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for those forced to seek asylum, ensuring their rights and well-being are protected.

Ensure professionalism in restoring security in Garu, NABOCADO and Peace Council appeals to Security forces

Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization and the Upper East Regional Peace Council have jointly appealed to various stakeholders, especially Security forces acting to restore peace in Garu district in the Upper East region to apply “a touch of professionalism in their towards restoring peace and security in the area. 

A press statement signed and released on 31st October, 2023, by the Bishop of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic diocese, Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta and Chairman of the regional Peace Council, Alhaji Sumaila Issaka while condemning the recent attacks on National Security Operatives by youth in  the area, which led to violent responses from Military personnel, also called on government to initiate an independent investigation into the incident. Below is a full copy of the statement.

PRESS RELEASE BY THE UPPER EAST REGIONAL PEACE COUNCIL AND THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NAVRONGO-BOLGATANGA ON REPORTED MILITARY BRUTALITIES IN GARU AND ITS ENVIRONS-31St OCTOBER, 2023

The Upper East Regional Peace Council and the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga view with grave concern the recent happenings in Garu involving the military and the indigenes of Garu and condemn in no uncertain terms the brutalities meted out to civilians in the area. We stand in solidarity with all those who have suffered from these brutalities.

We have, over the past years painstakingly carried out a lot of work along the border communities including communities within the Garu and Tempane areas through building cohesive communities and fostering security-community as well as trust-building interface. These activities were carried out based on lessons we have learnt from other areas, including the Sahel Region, that propose the use of soft-skills in countering extremist activities and which have been found to be successful.  Our activities and campaigns on countering violent extremist activities have been anchored on the Ministry of National Security awareness campaign slogan “see something, say something” launched in 2022.  

We were, therefore, extremely surprised to receive information from Garu in the past few days about the horrible incidents in that area, which have given cause for us to express our grave concerns. We received reports of brutalities meted out by the military to some of the youth of the area, resulting in several casualties on the dawn of Sunday, 29th October, 2023. This situation has created fear and panic among people in the area. This development if not handled very well will hamper the needed cooperation between the residents and the security personnel in countering violent extremism.  These recent brutalities in Garu by the military have the grave potential of defeating the much needed collaboration and mutual trust between the security personnel and the citizenry in dealing with the violent extremism that is knocking on our borders.

In the light of the lack of clarity on what actually happened, we call on the Government to initiate an independent investigation into the incidents involving the National Intelligence personnel and the youth of Garu, on the one hand, and the military and the youth on the other. We also call on Government, as a matter of urgency, to take the necessary steps to ensure that those who were injured in the incidents receive the needed medical attention and to guarantee the safety of those who have been arrested.

Furthermore, we call on the Ministry of National Security and the Ghana Armed Forces to ensure that their approach to restore security and peace has more professional touch and not the use of brutal force, so that in the course of their work the dignity of the human person is always respected. We, the Upper East Regional Peace Council and the Catholic Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga jointly call on the people of Garu and its environs to be the law-abiding citizens as known to the best of our knowledge and to respect the state security apparatus that has been put in place to protect everybody. We also call on Civil Society and all peace actors to be active citizens and not mere spectators in matters that affect the safety and security of all of us, especially those of us in the Upper Region. As Peace loving people, we need more collective and collaborative efforts from all concerned to restore security and peace in Bawku and its Environs rather than singular efforts.

We pray that God grants the victims and their families as well as all those affected by these recent tragic incidents healing and inner peace.

 

Capacity Strengthening; NABOCADO, CRS holds EMPOWER Assessment review workshop.

NABOCADO has successfully completed a two-days capacity strengthening assessment and action plans review meeting with EMPOWER West Africa.

The meeting, which was facilitated by The Catholic Relief Services, CRS aims to increase and advance local leadership of humanitarian responses through institutional strengthening and direct funding of Local Humanitarian Actors (LHAs).

NABOCADO as an LHA has been working with CRS to improve its capacity and operations to meet international standards through self-assessment and evaluation.

About 20 staff from all directorates of NABOCADO were taken through presentations and discussions which in the areas of Caritas International, CI Management Standards and CRS HOCAI, EMPOWER sectoral assessment tools and high-level results and findings of NABOCADO
SRFMP assessment.

The EMPOWER (Empowering Partner Organizations Working on Emergency Responses) project began in 2018 in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. It expanded in 2021 to CRS’ Asia Regional Office and is being launched in CRS’ West Africa Regional Office (WARO) at the start of 2023. Leveraging lessons learned and recommendations from the preceding EMPOWER projects, EMPOWER West Africa will grow a team of emergency response technical advisers whose primary role is to strengthen the emergency response capacity of LHAs in West Africa and support them to implement high quality emergency responses.

Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Azure Vicar General of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese,

Based on local organizations’ self-assessment of their self-identified operational and technical support needs and requests for support, EMPOWER provides participating organizations with demand-driven technical resources, on-the-job support, training and accompaniment, and organizes regional workshops to facilitate shared learning and strengthening of peer networks among local humanitarian actors.

EMPOWER also manages a rapid response fund, through which, participating local organizations propose and receive funding for emergency response programs to support communities impacted by crises in West Africa.

Present for the session was Vicar General for the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Azure expressed the Diocese’s gratitude to CRS for its continued support for the activities and growth of NABOCADO whiles urging staff to implement the ideas and learnings derive from the engagement.

The two day’s workshop was facilitated by Head of Office at CRS Tamale, Timothy Akanpabadai, Micheal Augustin, EMPOWER at CRD in Dakar Senegal and Kassoum Ouattara, A Technical Advisor at the Himan Resources Department of CRS in Burkina Faso.

CRS Ghana train NABOCADO staff on Financial Management

The Catholic Relief Services Ghana has held a one day capacity building workshop for Project Leads and Finance Teams of the Nanvrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization (NABOCADO). 

The training according CRS will enhance the capacity of the organization to efficiently manage their finances and put in place standard measures to manage donor funds for development interventions.

This is in furtherance of Catholic Relief Services’ local leadership strategy, which empowers local organizations to be active deliverers of development.

it also goes on prove the longstanding commitment and partnership between CRS Ghana and NABOCADO on implementing development projects.

The training benefited over 20 staff of NABOCADO and was facilitated by George Akubia, Deputy Finance Manager at CRS.

Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate Holds Review Meeting for Community Animators

Over 50 community Animators from across the Diocese’s Districts took part in an annual review meeting organized by the Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO. 

This was part of the project dubbed Strengthening of Small Holder Farmers Resilience Towards a Changing Climate and Promotion of Environmentally Friendly Agriculture in the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga, implemented under the Diocesan Livelihood and Advocacy Programme, DiLAP, and funded by Misereor.

Animators are selected community representatives tasked with coordinating activities for effective understanding, participation and implementation of the project.

Participants (both old and New animators) were taken through presentations on

* Understandings Community animation for project sustainability
* Animators role in CAAPs implementation.
* Animators’ role in Gender related projects activities
* Animators Role in local innovations development and
* Data to be collected by Animators/ Reporting.

The meeting was facilitated by Director of the Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate, Mr Dominic Avea Aniah, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Micheal Ayamga and Gender Coordinator Patience Akapaanab.

Below are some pictures from the engagement. 

NABOCADO, CRS Offer Aid to Refugees in Sapeliga

The Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organisation (NABOCADO), with support from the Catholic Relief Service, has gone to the aid of some persons of concern (refugees) at Sapelliga in the Bawku West District in the Upper East Region with assorted food items and toiletries worth GHC 1, 281, 114.63.

It formed part of their Christmas and New Year’s Cooperate Social Responsibility of giving hope to the underprivileged in society.

The persons of concern (refugees) came to Ghana in 2019 due to instability in neighbouring Burkina Faso and others as a result of the activities of jihadists that had displaced many of them. Over one thousand four hundred refugees from three hundred and thirty-eight households are said to be living in Kaare, a suburb of Sapelliga.

At a short ceremony to distribute some relief items, Bishop of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Alfred Agyenta, said the Catholic Church would continue to keep them in prayer for the protection of God. He expressed gratitude to CRS for the funding.

“Wherever the church works, we do not look at the only the bodily needs of the people. Man does not live on bread alone. Our concern is also to see how we can let you understand that you’re also children of God. We will continue to sustain you by our prayers for your life. We are equally grateful to CRS for the benevolence to these people,” Bishop assured the people.

Country Representative of CRS to Ghana, Mr. Daniel Mumuni, noted that refugee crisis continued to rise, deepening deepen vulnerability of families despite decades of efforts to address the challenge.

“I’m deeply touched by what I’m seeing here today. This is a reminder to all of us about the harmful effect of war and of the security crisis that is pervading and affecting our region seriously today. We are feeling the effect of what has happened elsewhere. So,, I want to encourage all us particularly our country to continue to ward off some of these extremist violent and tendency,” Mr. Mumuni pleaded.

Each household received 50 kilograms bags of rice, maize, some beans, cooking oil, salt, and some non-food items like bathing and laundry soap, blankets, mosquito nets, sanitary pads, and buckets, among others, and GH₵320.00 cash. A beneficiary of the gesture, Madi Bukari from Burkina Faso, thanked CRS and the Catholic Church for the items.

“There is joy in our hearts today as we receive these items. Our tears have been wiped off today. We thought we were animals but we feel human through this kind gesture,” Mr. Madi Bukari said.

District Chief Executive for Bawku West, Mr. Issahaku Tahiru, praised NABOCADO and CRS for the intervention. He appealed to individuals and organizations to support the Assembly in their plans to build a school for the persons of concern.

Source. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation