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Press release – The Simson Foundation partners with SEDARVP-Ghana

Well Water Project - Sedarvp GhanaAs a relatively young western professional man, Jeremy Simson has a very unique perspective on life. As well as working for one of the world’s largest recruitment consultancies, where he places Business Analysts and Project Managers with the UK’s most socially responsible Retail Bank, he is also the Founder and Managing Director of an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that bears his name.  Jeremy works in partnership with his Co-founder and Strategic Director, Jonathan Collings, on the development of The Simson Foundation (TSF) to identify and subsequently resolve some of society’s most challenging humanitarian and environmental problems.

TSF accomplishes its goals by engaging with and empowering local NGOs and community-based organisations to target specific issues that restrict humanitarian and environmental development. Working in partnership with these organisations, TSF tackles problems at a grass-roots level, which immediately has a beneficial impact upon the communities the partnership works with. TSF has already begun its UK recruitment drive to ensure that the right people are in place to facilitate its Ghana programme through a vast range of fundraising activities aimed at all areas of UK society. 

Well DrillingWhilst researching the specific issues that Ghanaian society faces on a daily basis, TSF built relationships with a number of Ghanian NGOs; one of the most interactive of these relationships was with a small NGO called SEDARVP Ghana. During this preliminary phase, the team at SEDARVP Ghana demonstrated not only their commitment to the communities they serve, but also an attention to detail and a track record that signifies their emergence as future key players for Ghanaian communities in need.

It was with great pleasure that Jeremy contacted Tanko Umar, SEDARVP Ghana’s Norway Coordinator, to advise of the decision taken by the TSF Board to partner with SEDARVP Ghana in 2011. Initially working on the Well Water Project, the partnership between TSF and SEDARVP Ghana aims to provide borehole wells to approximately 40 communities in the northern region of Ghana.  But the project does not simply propose the sinking of wells: representatives of each community will be trained not only to maintain the wells but also to implement testing to ensure their continued safety. In addition to this, the whole community will be trained in a host of related areas such as cross- contamination and sanitisation, thus ensuring that these wells continue to provide for the needs of the community for many years to come.

Well Water Project - Sedarvp Ghana“Clean drinking water is taken for granted by so many people in western society that sometimes they forget how many people internationally aren’t able to simply turn on a tap and have clean, fresh and - more importantly - safe drinking water,” commented Jeremy when speaking with Lori Ambo, SEDARVP Ghana’s International Director. “We believe,” he continued, “that the best advocates for these [Ghanaian] communities are the current management and staff of SEDARVP Ghana. This is why we will be working intensively with Shaibu Abukari Niendow, the organisation’s Founder and President, to implement the necessary strategies and structure to turn these plans into a reality.”

Whilst the cost of this project has not yet been published and is likely to remain under wraps until its launch in 2011, all costs are met by TSF, which also provides significant investment for the longer-term through micro-finance, employment and vocational training initiatives. SEDARVP Ghana will offer community liaison and detailed local knowledge, smoothing the way for the construction of each well and rallying the support of the local communities involved to ensure that each community has total inclusion from day one.

Well Water Project - Sedarvp GhanaTSF’s commitment to Ghana will be cemented by a second project in its Ghanaian programme, this time working with New Life Foundation in the central region of the country. The Healthy Education Project aims to tackle the provision of infrastructure needs for people of all ages in the health and education sectors.  Edmund Osei Kwakye, the founder and executive director of the New Life Foundation, is also the national general secretary of the Ghana Association of Public Health Technical Officers and ideally positioned to advise on and implement real change in the Ghanaian communities in which he operates.

In a final statement to Lori Ambo, Jeremy concluded, “We feel so privileged to be in a position to assist the Ghanaian communities that SEDARVP Ghana has highlighted as being in need.  Invariably the times ahead will be difficult; there will be trials and tribulations, but I believe firmly that the right people, with the right motivation can achieve anything they put their minds to. We now have the right people, and our motivation is unyielding. We will achieve the goals set before us; the only question that remains is not whether the western world can help, it’s what will they do to help?”

Remote Education

Remote Education Enhancing good health, knowledge and quality education among rural communities is not left out. We care for and provide assistance to remote areas and the abandon children and orphans living there and sleeping on the streets.

Sports

If you are a lover of sports and enthusiastic to work with kids, but are not confident enough to take on a teaching program, then this is a great program for you!

Volunteers will work with young children, especially in our community orphanage Football Academy, and sometimes older people based on a volunteers request to develop their interest in a range of sports and increase their skill base.

Sedarvp-Ghana SportsIn addition to the obvious physical benefits of physical education, the program helps to give the children mental discipline and heightens alertness and coordination. The program will generally involve physical training, teaching the kids how to work as a team, bringing the best out of the players and also give the children more self confidence.

Football is extremely popular in Ghana, as it is in most African countries. However volunteers are encouraged to introduce different sports to the children (volunteers may need to bring special material and equipment for this as there is a chance it cannot be purchased in Ghana).

Football training will still play a large role in the program and football matches will be arranged between volunteer teams and others from neighboring villages or towns.

The Sports Academy has an Under 12's team and Under 17's team. These boys are extremely talented and in need of sponsors!

Woman Empowerment

woman empowerment SEDARVP-Ghana is committed to reducing, and eventually ending, extreme poverty.

We know the importance of fighting the underlying causes of poverty so that our work will have a lasting impact. Women in poor communities are at the heart of SEDARVP efforts to improve health, education, and economic opportunity because experience shows us that…

A woman's achievements yield dramatic benefits for her family and her community.

For several years we've been involved in many neighboring communities through the nursery school and early childhood development center. However, we realized that the women in the community needed help too. Women here have very few possibilities of supporting their families and made little or no impact on their children's schooling.

This project offers training, initial capital and ultimately a much needed sustainable solution for many women to make a real difference in their families.

Women will be taught the process of making of Shea Butter Extraction, Ground Oil and Paste Extraction as well as Batik Tie-Dye cloths. They will also be trained in business and financial matters.

woman empowerment Once trained, they can obtain a micro credit loan to start up their business. When the loans are paid back they will be passed on to other women of the community.

The focus of this project is EMPOWERING WOMEN economically and socially.
So that Our Poverty Reduction Plan will become a reality!

This is a vital part of rebuilding our community and we are looking for partners to come to our aid. With your help we can reach out to women in the rural communities and allow them to create a better life for themselves, their families and ultimately their entire community.

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