Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Coordinator, Ghana Community Foundations Development Project – Raphael Godlove Ahenu
The regional coordinator Bono, Bono East and Ahafo of the Ghana Community Foundations Development Project, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, stressed the need to promote and establish the Community Foundation (CF) to enable local communities to plan and execute more easily development.
“There are still development gaps in the areas of health, water and sanitation, security, peace and education in many communities across the country, from or the need to create community foundations to help address these challenges, ”he said.
Mr. Ahenu made the observation during a stakeholder meeting on the Ghana Community Foundation development project in Odumase, the capital of Sunyani West Municipality in Bono region.
The meeting also aimed to facilitate the registration and development processes of the Sunyani West Community Foundation.
He said CF is a registered independent public charity or non-profit organization created voluntarily by people living in a geographic area to help improve the quality of life in the region.
Mr Ahenu said that promoting the creation of the concept of community foundation in Ghana has become very necessary due to the decline in donor support and the inability of the central government to meet all the development needs of the people. .
According to him, community foundations help bring together community members and corporate institutions to harness the power of giving within communities for social progress.
Sunyani West Municipal Coordination Director (MCD) Gordon Domayele advised Ghanaians to rekindle the age-old spirit of community work to facilitate the development of rural communities.
He said the over-reliance of communities on the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and Internally Generated Fund (IGF) did not help meet some immediate needs of the local population. .
Mr. Domayele welcomed the promotion of the concept of CA in Ghana, adding that “development is a partnership and central government has a role to play, assemblies have their role to play and communities also have their role. to play “.
He therefore pledged the commitment of the Sunyani West Municipal Assembly to support the creation and development of the Sunyani West Community Foundation.
According to the MCD, this will inspire local communities to initiate self-help projects that could attract support from local assemblies and development partners.
Sunyani West Community Foundation Acting Executive Director Martin Djan called on all Sunyani West citizens, both native and diaspora, to join us in supporting the foundation.
According to him, there are many development challenges, including a poor road network, lack of access to health facilities, poor educational infrastructure and gender-based violence faced by residents of the municipality.
The meeting attended by traditional leaders, assembly members, some department heads as well as civil society actors from Sunyani West Municipality formed an 8-member working committee to facilitate development processes. from the Sunyani West Development Foundation registration.