Eleven Child Ambassadors from Canada visited World Vision Sponsored and families of Registered Children in Jirapa and West Gonja districts within the northern part of Ghana.
The 11 ambassadors, namely Katana, Kristin, Prabh, Dilpreet, Brooke, Cindy, Soraya, Robert, Gaby, Stephen and Ron were led by James Caroll (Director, Supporter Experience) and Rebecca Peterson (Ambassador Coordinator) alongside Kaitlyn and Ryan who are the media team, all staff of World Vision Canada to have a witness the work of World Vision in Ghana and learn more about the various programs designed to alleviate poverty and injustice.
The Child Ambassadors in the company of WV Area Programme staff paid a courtesy call on the Jirapa District Chief Executive, Christine Bombanya-Amad to interact on the contribution World Vision (WV) is making in the district to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children, families and their communities especially.
The Ambassadors had the opportunity to meet and engage with Savings and Disaster Volunteer groups on how their families and livelihood had been transformed through the interventions of WV. They also embarked on home visits to their sponsored children and other registered children for personal interactions.
Community members shared their ‘before and after’ experiences narrating how their families and communities lacked a sustained livelihood and deprived of basic amenities such as water, schools, sanitation facilities in the past, but due to WV intervention through the efforts of sponsors and donations of Ambassadors have an improved livelihood.
According to members of Saving groups in Sigri community, they could attest to their households being transformed from reliance to resilience. This had enabled parents to provide basic needs of their children in terms of food, school materials and health insurance.
Disaster Volunteer groups from Nimbare-Kompore also narrated to the Ambassadors that through WV’s sensitization programmes on protecting the environment, the community had no more cases of bush burning which had now increased the soil fertility of their farms.
In Damongo within the West Gonja district, the Ambassadors were taking through the processing of gari, (a popular and multi-purpose West African food made from cassava tubers) by women’s group. These women produced the gari in large quantities for commercial purposes after being trained by WV.
Throughout all the activities the Child Ambassadors engaged in such as home visit to families of Registered Children, primary schools involved them singing and dancing with children. They also engaged pupils in several learning activities. Ambassadors shared several gifts items to children, families and schools. Some gift items shared were, learning kits, school bags, clothes, shoes, football, playing kits and many others.
Beneficiary communities and the Child Ambassadors were all filled with excitement and found themselves bonding as one family.
Photo credit: World Vision/Marian Roberts