AwaaWaa2 is a registered charity set up to provide specialist services to children and young people with communication disabilities and their families. AwaaWaa2 believes in early intervention and supports the view that “for many children with disabilities the early years are critically important to their future growth and development, and support and stimulation are essential for learning motor, emotional and social skills. The cost of reversing the effects of a poor start to life increase as the child’s older, and the chances of success diminish.”
The service started shortly after 2005 when a six month study into the provision of speech and language therapy services in Ghana outlined a severe lack of services for children with communication disabilities and the frustrations of parents and practitioners on where to refer children for appropriate intervention.
Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is an independent organisation for the safeguarding of human rights in Ghana. It was established in 1993 by the Ghanaian Parliament. CHRAJ serves as an ombudsman receiving and dealing with complaints about the proper functioning of public institutions and to provide redress. Its mission is to enhance the scale of good governance, democracy, integrity, peace and social development by promoting, protecting and enforcing fundamental human rights and freedoms and administrative justice for all persons in Ghana. Find more information here: http://www.chrajghana.com/
Coastal Television is the first community television station in Ghana. It is “free to air” and easily accessible to communities in Cape Coast as well as communities within the 20 kms radius of Cape Coast. “Through the use of music, docu-dramas, folklore, and a host of interactive programmes, Coastal Television serves as an important social mirror and bridge in moving the Central Region from despair to hope.” (Coastal TV website) Find more information here: http://coastaltv.wordpress.com/
IMANI, Center for policy and education
IMANI, the Ghanaian center for policy and education, is an Accra-based think tank. Its work is dedicated to fostering public awareness of important policy issues concerning business, government and civil society. IMANI has repeatedly been named one of the most innovative and influential policy think tanks in Sub-saharan Africa. More information and their publications can be found here: http://www.imanighana.com/
Planned Parenthood Association Ghana (PPAG)
PPAG was established in 1967 as a Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) affiliated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). It is currently the leading NGO providing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Ghana. The Association works to complement the efforts of government in providing healthcare and development for the nation. Their mission is that the Association shall provide the youth with the knowledge and means of exercising their basic rights to decide freely and responsibly on their sexual and reproductive health as a means of improving the quality of life of Ghanaians. More information: http://www.ppag-gh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1
United Hearts Children Center (UHCC)
This is a community based project located in Awutu Bawjiase, Ghana. UHCC is dedicated to supporting local children by providing them with the resources they need to become contributing members of society. They focus on giving parental care, education and accessible health care, in order to create comprehensive well-being for our children. Started in 2008 by Pastor Paul Elisha Asomoah, UHCC started with five children in a small two-bedroom house. It now provides a home to 26 children ranging in ages of five months-15 years, and school and meals to an additional 15-20.
In Sierra Leone
Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law (CARL)
CARL is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote a just society for all persons in Sierra Leone, through monitoring institutions of accountability, outreach and advocacy for institutional transparency, capacity building and empowerment of citizens.CARL has its origin in the Special Court Monitoring Group (SCMG), which was established in May 2004 as a partnership project of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability (COJA) to exclusively monitor and produce objective reporting on proceedings before the court for both local and international community. More information: http://www.carl-sl.org/home/
Conservation Society of Sierra Leone
CSSL was founded in September 1986, in response to the need for a local organisation committed to promoting conservation and the management of environmental issues in Sierra Leone. It is registered as a non-profit making, voluntary organisation with membership open to the general public and is also a BirdLife Partner in Sierra Leone.
The main objective of CSSL is to promote the wise use and management of Sierra Leone’s natural resources through education, advocacy, research and site action. Its mission is to promote conservation (wise use) and management of natural resources for sustainable development in Sierra Leone. More information: http://conservationsl.org/
Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone is an independent Commission, established in 2004 by an Act of Parliament. Its mandate is to protect and promote human rights in Sierra Leone. “The Commission’s responsibilities are many, including: handling complaints concerning alleged human rights violations, public education and awareness, holding public inquiries, and publishing annual reports on the state of human rights in Sierra Leone. The Commission exists to build a culture of maintaining human dignity and rights for all, through effective partnership and collaboration.” More information: http://www.hrcsl.org/
Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone
The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL) is a non-governmental organisation committed to the promotion of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) including family planning. PPASL strives to achieve lasting improvement in the SRH of men and women, with emphasis on youth by contributing towards the provision and promotion of quality and affordable SRH information, counselling, services and rights. PPASL is an affiliate of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). More information: http://www.ippf.org/our-work/where-we-work/africa/sierra-leone
Health for All Coalition
Health for All Coalition (HFAC) is a civil society network organisation with specific focus on health and related issues. The organisation works toward advocating for health care services that are accessible, available, affordable and of high quality, through monitoring, advocacy and community education. and reproductive health (SRH) including family planning. Health For All Coalition is a major key player in monitoring of the delivery of health programmes and services. They are involved in community mobilization, creating demand for services, building awareness of community needs and also help health services to reaching vulnerable communities and in fostering innovative approaches to community health planning and monitoring. Currently the Coalition has over 380 community Volunteers in districts, Chiefdoms and wards to monitor free health Care drugs and supplies, health care service delivery, mobilizing and sensitizing communities on health issues.
The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Liberia is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 1941 to champion the cause of Liberian women of various ages across the country. The organizations head office is situated in Tubman Boulevard, Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia. With strong and long up-standing experience in education, women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming in national development, the YWCA is capacitated to providing educational services to women across the country. The YWCA has been working through the length and breadth of the Republic of Liberia since its establishment, focusing on vulnerable women and grassroots organizations providing similar services. YWCA has been one of the key implementers of action for more international organizations in Liberia such as UNICEF, the World YWCA-New York, UNIFEM, UNMIL, UNDP, NARDA, LET/FAWE, AFELL, Right to Play, GOL (Youth & Sports) etc. More information: http://orgs.tigweb.org/ywca-of-liberia