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, 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.

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