Kintampo South

Kintampo South's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Kintampo South community is located in midwest Ghana. In this primarily rural area, 80% of people rely on agriculture to earn a living. Most of the people in the community live in simple, thatched roof structures made of wooden stakes plastered with clay and sand.

The geography of the area ranges from heavily wooded savannah grassland in the north to deciduous forests in the south. Unfortunately, these forests are being depleted because of the felling of trees and unrestrained fires set to clear land for cultivation. The exposed soil is left susceptible to erosion during heavy rains.
  • 1,480 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 40 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 30 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 54 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 6 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children.
  • 2 schools were upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 200 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 225 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 35 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 2,860 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 300 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 67 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 39 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 750 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health.
  • 3,890 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika.
  • 2,765 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 2,515 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant.
  • 4 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases.
  • 1,340 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources.
  • 565 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 128 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 3,036 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.

Explore Kintampo South

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Kintampo South

Children in this area do not have access to a quality education. Several areas of the community do not have a school, meaning that most of the 44 kindergartens and 62 primary schools here meet under trees, in sheds, or in dilapidated houses. Many teachers are untrained because it is difficult to attract and retain qualified teachers in remote areas.

Oftentimes, parents do not see the value of education, and children are withdrawn from school so they can work to boost family income. School attendance rates are very low, at around 57% for boys and 45% for girls. The existing high dropout rates increase as children get older. Of those who do complete primary school, 60% do not pass the standardized examinations.

Health Care
Access to quality health care is extremely limited in Kintampo South. The area's one health centre and two rural clinics are poorly equipped and staffed. Fewer than half of residents have been immunized against common illnesses. Many children are malnourished, in part due to their families limited understanding of good nutritional practices. Many families eat mainly carbohydrate-based foods like yams and plantains, which means children do not receive adequate servings of fruit, vegetables, or protein. As a result, they are more susceptible to illness. Malaria is responsible for most childhood deaths, while unsafe water and poor sanitation practices breed waterborne diseases, such as Guinea worm and diarrhea.

Land degradation and poor farming practices result in a loss of soil fertility and low crop yields, so families struggle to feed their children. Hunger worsens in late June and July, when annual food shortages leave families surviving on wild mangoes and blackberries. Rearing of small animals to provide essential protein to children's diets and additional household income is limited because farmers cannot afford to take care of the animals.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kintampo South,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.