US Embassy rescues Jagung community
2009-08-07 21:27:39This article has been read 969 times.
The people of Jagung, a farming community in the Savelugu-Nanton District of the Northern Region, have been provided with a grinding mill by the United States of America (USA) Embassy in Ghana, to enhance economic activities of women groups in the area.
The over $5,000 project was executed by the Kuga-Fong Mansongsem Community Association, a local charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Tamale, on behalf of the Embassy.
The Jagung Grinding Mill project was one of the 10 projects selected for funding through the United States Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Programme in 2008.
The project is described as a symbol of the strong bilateral relationship between the people of America and Ghana.
However, the Executive Director of the Kuga-Fong Mansongsem Community Association, Mohammed Abdul-Sahmed Gunu, at the official inauguration ceremony of the grinding mill at Jagung, said that the project was to help eradicate the excruciating poverty, hunger and disease that have marginalised women in the area.
He noted that the project would build the capacity of the women in entrepreneurial skills to give them some business insight, which would enable them engage in petty trading.
Mr. Gunu said that most children from the area engaged themselves in “Kayayei” business, due to the fact their parents, especially mothers, who shoulder all domestic responsibilities, could not meet the needs of the children.
He was optimistic that with the grinding mill in the area, the women, who are into serious Shea nut picking and processing, would be able to add values to their businesses.
The Representative of the United State Embassy, Mr. Justin Davis, promised the US government’s continued support to Ghana, especially the deprived communities.
He said the Embassy had since 1999 funded over 400 projects in the ten regions of Ghana, to the tune of over $1,500,000.
The Deputy District Coordinating Director, Alhaji Abukari Inusah, commended the NGO and the US Embassy for the initiative, which he said, would bring relief to the people, especially the women folk.
Meanwhile, the Northern File discovered that the main road linking the Jagung and Zogu communities to Savelugu, the district capital, was completely inaccessibly.
The Assembly Member for the Zogu Electoral Area, Abdulai Alhassan, told this paper that the road was affecting the economic development of the people, especially during the rainy season.