Caring Volunteers Network-CAVNET over the week has been given the green light by the Department of Social Development to officially operate in Ghana as a Non-Governmental Organization after the Certificate of Recognition was received by the Executive Director of the organization. The organization over the past year has implemented a couple of projects financed through fundraising and using more volunteers. Some of these projects includes the reconstruction of a washroom for a school, assisting final year students with mock exams, practical ICT training for schools, career and guidance seminars for schools and currently constructing a three unit classroom within the Wa Municipal.
The vision of the organization is a world where no child would be deprived of education, health, livelihood and an environment free of destruction and the mission is to be an international NGO that is committed, caring and consistent in the provision of educational support, health and livelihood to children and communities at large under a friendly environment.
Caring Volunteers Network is currently operating in the Wa municipal, Wa East and Wa West. However, the organization has the intention of scaling-up to other districts, especially Nadowli, Jirapa and Sissala West districts anytime soon. The organization is focused on five thematic areas which include; EDUCATION, LIVELIHOOD/ AGRICULTURE, HEALTH, WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE and ADVOCACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The organization which has been established to bring help, good health and development to our society, especially, the poor and needy in the rural areas in 2010 by a group of University students from the University for Development Studies and eventually matured in 2013. These young University students’ had the desire to come together as an organization after spending two months in deprived communities in the Northern and Upper East Regions, Karimenga and Kansogo respectively. These young university students think that, the solution to the bedeviling poverty that engulfed the region are within themselves and therefore saw it necessary to take up the challenge. The organization believed the way to fighting poverty in the region is advocating education for all, promoting healthy lifestyles, sanitation and environmental friendliness for better health, ensuring food security and advocacy.
The Executive Director, Adil Issah said, “He was excited about the new as they are now prepared to work more with communities in the Upper West Region to bring about the change the organization seeks to achieve”.
The Executive Director is a recent graduate of the University for Development Studies who studied Development Planning who has decided to practically implement what he studied at the University in the area of community development and to give graduates and students the opportunity to learn and gain the needed experience required in most jobs.
As a Non-Governmental Organization, Caring Volunteers Network’s mandate is to help fight poverty in rural areas especially low- income and food deficit communities through people centered approach; by facilitating for the initiation of sustainable community development programs aimed at assisting the indigenes to increase their food and income security alongside improving their health and educational status and also encouraging their active participation in local and national governance for sustainable development. The organization will achieve this by partnering with other international Non-Governmental organizations and multi-lateral donors and agencies, and also working with marginalized groups, including self-help women and their families. Caring Volunteers Network will also be linking the target groups to pro-poor credit organizations and also provide them with technical and financial support to improve their economic status generally and thereby facilitating a positive change in the people for a better life.