What we do and why we do it

acroghana
Posted April 12, 2020 from Ghana

What We Do, Why We Do It, and Results.

ACRO Ghana exists to unleash the potential of people in communities to make positive change happen. Our mission is to establish, support sustainable economic and social development programs through sports, to have an all-inclusive society to prevent crime and re-integrate those who offend. ACRO Ghana Project delivers on its mission by operating an open community sports clubs, HIV/AIDS awareness activities, school children evening studies, Community Farms, Cultural Troupe that enables project leaders of all groups to access a wide range of support.

The Project, with community leaders, identifies needs that serve social, economic, and environmental purposes and ensures that resources to support these activities yield the desire results to achieve the set objectives. The Project’s activities, therefore, revolve around the principles of individual and community interest, ownership, and transparency, as follows:

ACRO Ghana believes that local solutions to local challenges are often the most appropriate, but these are frequently underfunded, therefore with support, take advantage of available resources to create means to address local challenges. To stimulate the emergence of community initiative, ACRO Ghana works to eliminate barriers to human capacity development. This means that the Project, consistent with its commitment to the bottom down approach strives to find efficient and effective ways to train a diverse set of project leaders throughout established program areas. The Project is committed to transparency of its activities and policies and believes that with that comes accountability.

This begins with a willingness to convey progress findings to all audiences to help inform actions. For example, because donors know the full details of projects they are supporting, and because they can request project progress after making a donation, community leaders face a stringent line of accountability imposed by the Project. At the same time, the Project can deliver on donors’ desires to know how their money is being spent. In addition, random project audits performed by third parties help to ensure that project details and reporting are accurate. Another major benefit of an all interest strategic community is the ability for participants to learn from one another.

ACRO Ghana makes information-sharing between its member groups/constituents a priority. This includes sharing information about project expectations and desires with community leaders, enabling leaders to share best practices amongst themselves, so they can learn from one another’s efforts in solving social challenges. ACRO Ghana works in close collaboration with the Ghana Prison Service. This helps ACRO Ghana to learn more about how the convicts are taken through different stages in their lives in Prison confinement and the various attempts to solve the different challenges facing them.

We basically use sports to attract those who want to re-integrate and with the support of various stakeholders to find solutions. We presented footballs and whistles to inmates of Nsawan Prisons to make them realize that they are loved – not for their crimes – but to encourage them to change their bad behaviors and make them join their family and community as transformed people to do what they can profitably to their community and neighbors. The withdrawal and absence of family support, along with guilt produced by society and neighbors sometimes drive convicts to make new offenses. Convicts tend to feel permanently guilty and unworthy to live in a free society. Past loyalty to crime gangs and unfavorable economic conditions increase pressures and hardships which lead to re-offenses. Our programs plan to integrate them into our sports clubs as a first step to find new friends.

Depending on their skills and interests, ex-convicts can also join the AgriCare and Go Dancing Cultural troupe projects. Within the short space of time, we have expanded to the North and South of Ghana and have sent four coaches to Coaching for Hope, in Burkina Faso for youth and HIV/AIDS workshop training since we believe, our youth are the future and with more and more people contracting Aids, we could not do better than protecting our youth through HIV/AIDS activities.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

Hello Again ACRO Ghana,

Thanks so much for sharing your empowering photo, work and objectives. I love that you're bringing love and community into these people's lives. Do you help women and men? What age group do you focus on and how do you pick the people that are part of the teams?

Let me know, too, if you have a website and/or social media page(s) to like/follow.

acroghana
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

Jill thanks again for your interest. We help mostly girls and women with our new Girl Menstrual Hygiene Management program. However, the boys and the young men are not left out as psycological tool. The girls test their strength by doing what the boys are doing. They play football with them though, in many of our communities, it is forbidden for girls to expose themselves the way they dress during training and matches.
Our webside is very old and have not been updated for some time for logical reasons. Nontheless, it gives you an overview of what we do.
www.acroghana.ch

Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Hi Adu,

You're welcome! That's wonderful. I'm glad you're doing that. How many girls/women do you impact in a year, on average? That's sad that it's forbidden. Are the restrictions changing as time goes on, I hope? I'm really glad that you're giving girls this empowerment opportunity.

Thanks for sharing your website. Do you have any social page(s) to like/follow?

acroghana
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

The next post explains how we intend to strengthen our engagements with the communities we operate and Ghana as a whole. We are on facebook, however, not well developed. We are arranging to refurnised:-)

Jill Langhus
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

Great! I see.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

Hi ACRO Ghana,

Thanks for sharing your news and the inspiring work that you are doing boys, women and girls as well as convictss in your community.

I applaud for the noble missible that ACRO Ghana is carrying out and encourage you to keep it up. All the best.

acroghana
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your encouragement.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Hello, ACRO Ghana,

You are doing important work. This is inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us. Please continue to update us here. Keep it up!

acroghana
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Thank you Karen, we are commissioned as people to love and do good as long as we have the capacity. Once more than you for your motivation.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

You’re welcome!

Beth Lacey
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Sports is a great vehicle for your work. Very creative approach

acroghana
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Thank you for your comment!

Laragirl
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

You are amazing! I can only imagine how many people's lives you have changed by giving them options for a better future, and safety training and community. You are changing the world. Thank you!!

Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Hello Lara,

Welcome to World Pulse and the Encourager team! Lovely to have you here with us:-) Thank you for all your lovely comments and involvement on the forum. I'm looking forward to hearing about you, your goals, and dreams, too!

Hope you and your family are safe and well.

acroghana
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thanks, I will post my dream Project entailing my goals.

Jill Langhus
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

You're welcome.

acroghana
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thank you Laragirl for your encouragement. We all commissioned to serve!

Shirin Dalaki
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Hello Acro Ghana,

Your work is so impressive and I see the positive impact you are producing through sports, dancing and workshops. Keep up the good work.

acroghana
Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020

Thank you very much and stay safe

Marie Abanga
Oct 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2020

Dear ACROGHANA,

So lovely to see what you do and why you do it. Working with people in prison who are both vulnerable and stigmatized is such a laudable thing to do. Taking your project management seriously and sharing the tips are also great and I want to encourage you in all your work.
Kindly update us, and keep inspiring us all

acroghana
Nov 10, 2020
Nov 10, 2020

Thank you Marie for your lovely comment