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.

“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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Climate Change: NABOCADO holds Stakeholder Engagement with District Assemblies on CAAPs

 

The Livelihood and Advocacy Directorate of Navrongo- Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization on Wednesday, held a stakeholder engagement meeting with Directors of Agric Services and Planning Officers from the various District Assemblies across the Diocese.

The meeting which formed part of activities in the implementation of the Climate Adaptation and Action Plans (CAAPs) project was meant to assess the progress of the implementation of the project, share updates and feedback, including challenges from the Districts assemblies and plan the ways forward in achieving the objectives of the CAAPs.

In his welcome address, Dr. Joseph Ayembilla, Human Development Coordinator, underscored the need for deeper cooperation and coordination among all stakeholders, especially the staff of NABOCADO, Agric officers, and District Planning Officers.

He charged participants to eschew personal differences and organizational decentralization barriers and work towards attaining a sustainable environment for good Agric practices and development for communities, especially under the challenges and risks presented by climate change as set out in the project objectives.

A presentation on the progress of work by Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Michael Ayamga revealed that activities such as sustainable agricultural practices (composting and bonding), Tree growing, Measures against bush burning, Energy saving improved mud-stove ( E-SIMS), Bio-insecticide for pest and disease control using locally innovated methods have all led to significant improvements in the livelihoods of local farmers and the environment in which they live.

He also facilitated the exhibition of hazard maps with expected changes or outcomes after the implementation of CAAPs which were designed by all 26 beneficiary communities, urging Agric and Planning officers of the assemblies to commit to attaining the desires of the people in their districts.

Brief Background of CAAPs

The Climate Adaptation Action Plan is a community-led project aimed at improving Communities’ resilience against the effects of changing climate.

It is been implemented by the livelihood and advocacy directorate of the Navrongo -Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Organization in collaboration with various stakeholders including district Agric departments, forestry departments, Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Farmers, women cooperative groups as well as traditional authorities with funding from Misereor

So far,26 communities in 6 districts, namely Builsa South, Kassena Nankana East, Bawku West, Talensi, Bongo, and West Mamprusi are implementing climate change adaptation measures to make them resilient to its effects, especially on their livelihoods.

Highlights of Presentations by Agric Directors and Planning Officers.

Meanwhile, the district assemblies expressed concerns over the over-dependence of some local industries ( breweries, bakeries, and commercial food vendors)on fuel wood resulting in the continuous felling of trees for such purposes.

They say the trend could pose negative consequences for the tree growing activities as they called for intensified education and the introduction of the Energy Saving improved mud-stove ( E-SIMS) to such industries.

Some districts were applauded for achieving over 70 percent survival rate for trees planted under the project as they shared knowledge on how other areas could adopt such strategies.

In all, 1,769 farmers ( 567 males and 1,202 females) have planted 8,602 species of tree seedlings including eucalyptus, neem, and Baobab as part of the CAAPs implementation.

Some Agric officers however called for more engagement with the farmers in selecting the tree species for each district. This, they say would enable them take into consideration the farmers’ interests and environmental factors before distributing the seedlings.

 

Below are some photographs of the meeting