EMPOWER project: CRS Train NABOCADO Staff on Safe and Dignified Programming in emergency Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ghana has launched a three-day training program for the staff of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization (NABOCADO) in Safe and Dignified Programming in emergency and humanitarian response services.

The workshop is part activities of the Empowering Partners Organizations in Emergency Response (RMPOWER) project, designed to enhance the partner organizations’ capacity in implementing effective emergency relief services.

Dr. Ayembilla Joseph, the Human Development Coordinator at NABOCADO, welcomed participants to the session and expressed his enthusiasm for the EMPOWER project. He emphasized the importance of taking the initiative and activities seriously, as they will help develop the potential and skills of the staff in delivering humanitarian assistance, a crucial aspect of NABOCADO’s work.

“I urge all of us to be fully focused and attentive to the information being shared with us. EMPOWER aims to enhance our capacities as individuals and as an organization, and CRS is committed to supporting us in achieving that goal,” Dr. Joseph stated.

Melissa Roggero, the Technical Advisor for Safe and Dignified Programming at the Humanitarian Unit of CRS, emphasized the significance of Safe and Dignified programming for organizations in implementing emergency and humanitarian services.

She noted, “I have observed that donor organizations are increasingly prioritizing Safe and Dignified programming in their proposals review and criteria. In the future, it may become a requirement for many donor agencies in funding and proposal acceptance.”

The first session of the workshop focused on Analysis, Targeting, Diversity of Needs, Information Sharing, and Community Engagement and Participation, providing participants with valuable insights and skills for their humanitarian work.

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NABOCADO facilitates Exchange Learning meeting for SILC Groups from Three Districts

Over 50 women from the Builsa North and Nabdam districts of the Navrongo- Bolgatanga Catholic diocese have successfully participated in an exchange learning meeting held in Bomgo-Soe.

The women were selected from farmers and Shea Butter producing groups who practice the Savings and Internal Lending Concept, SILC formed under the Strengthening of Smallholder Farmer’s Resilience towards a changing Climate ( SCRAS) program which is funded by Misereor of Germany and implemented in 16 communities by NABOCADO.

The meeting was to provide a common platform for inter-group interaction, knowledge sharing, and networking among the SILC groups across the various districts.

Having been established in 2012, and transitioned steadily into a nationally recognized Shea Butter producing and SILC group, the Bongo-Soe Tanmolga Asongtaaba Women group served as host to the traveling groups and shared learning experiences through presentations on Conflict Management, SILC funds management, Leadership, and Shea Butter processing and marketing.

Through the Savings and Internal Learning Concept, SILC, rural farmers, and Shea butter processors continue to practice local savings and loan schemes where they collectively save profits from product sales and also lend to themselves to reinvest and grow their trade.

The Exchange learning meeting was facilitated by the Gender Coordinator of NABOCADO, Patience Akankpanab, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Michael Ayamga, and our district officers of Bongo, Nabdam, and Builsa North.

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NABOCADO, CRS Ghana launch COVID-19 Emergency Responds Project, CERP in Bolgatangav

Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO in collaboration with the CRS Ghana, has launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Project, CERP, at the Bolgatanga Catholic Social Center in the Upper Region of Ghana.

The project sponsored by OSPREY Foundation was developed by the Catholic Health Service of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, CHS-NaBoD with technical assistance from CRS and mainly geared towards promoting COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake in the two underserved regions of Upper East and North-East.

In his welcome address, the Livelihood Coordinator of NABOCADO, Dr. Joseph Ayembila expressed gratitude to OSPREY Foundation for the funding support and underscored the need for stronger collaboration between stakeholders to bring down COVID-19 infections to zero in the two regions.

On his part, the Country Representative of CRS Ghana, Daniel Mumuni said CRS Ghana will continue to partner with NABOCADO and the organizations to deliver development.

” Through our local Leadership agenda, CRS as an international organization is positioning itself to build institutional capacity of partner organizations to respond appropriately to the development needs of the people they served in marginalized communities”.

Daniel Mumuni -Country Rep. CRS Ghana

In attendance were Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, President of Upper East Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of the Chiana Traditional Area, Pe Dituudini Adiana Ayagitam III, Country Representative of CRS Ghana, Daniel Mumuni, Human Development Coordinator of NABOCADO, Dr. Joseph Ayembila, District Chief Executives, Regional and District Health Directors from Upper East and North-East Region, Health Workers, Education services workers among others.

One pickup truck and six Apsonic Motorcycles purchased for the Project were presented to the Catholic Health Service of NABOCADO. See the still images below.

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CRS Holds Workshop for NABOCADO, NADMO Staff on Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Project

The Catholic Relief Services, CRS has held a one-day start-up training workshop for staff of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO and the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO, on planned relief services in the wake of increasing crossings of displaced persons from Burkina Faso into Ghana.

The training is geared towards the implementing planned activities under a project dubbed the Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response Project.

As part of efforts to mitigate the plight of over 3,000 displaced persons, CRS has secured a USD100,000 support fund from the William J. and Dorothy K O’Neil Foundation to continue with relief services in the Upper East region of Ghana.

The project follows emergency response donations by CRS and NABOCADO in December 2022, as protracted attacks on their villages by armed militants groups have led to Burkinabes crossing into Bawku, Binduri, and Bawku West Districts in small groups daily.

The Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response project according to a presentation by the Head of Office at CRS in Tamale, Akanpabadai Timothy Amang-bey seeks to mainly provide registered refugees with Cash for Food, improved Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services by building 30 toilets units as well as identify and register new persons for future support.

  • To increase understanding of both staff and key partners on Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response project strategic direction, strategies and interventions, compliance requirements, and project roles and coordination mechanisms
  • To Identify roles and responsibilities and build necessary partnerships for the smooth implementation of the Sahel Coastal Crisis
    Emergency Response project.
  • To work with partners to develop Detailed Implementation Planning (DIP) of the Sahel Coastal Crisis Response Project with realistic timelines and budgets.
  •  To discuss logistical requirements and arrangements, and ensure staff and partners are well informed about the Project’s strategy and way forward.
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