WHAT WE DO AT RENEL GHANA
1. Renel End Early Child Marriage Project (REECMP)
Child and forced marriage is crucial to every government, considering its consequences on its victims and implications on national development. More importantly, it is a serious violation of the rights of the child. Countries the world over have laws that prescribe the minimum age for marriage while others, like Ghana, have additional laws that criminalize marriage of persons below 18 years as well as the coercion of persons into marriage. In spite of these provisions, many close relations have still not been deterred from coercing their children into marriage. This situation is very disturbing to us as a nation.
We find it unsettling when we hear of children, mostly girls being given up for marriage. Apart from being discriminatory against the girl child, early marriage has multiple negative implications which must generate our optimum interest as stakeholders to completely eradicate from our society. In default of this, we will be increasing the female’s vulnerability to abuse, sustaining discrimination and poverty cycle in homes as well as increasing dependence and illiteracy rate. Child and or forced marriage also violates the health right of the child as her immature body assumes motherhood responsibilities, with its resultant risk to her life.
According to a 2012 U.N.F.P.A. report on child marriage, over 67 million women aged 20-24 across the globe were married as girls, with half of this number being in Asia and one fifth in Africa in the year 2010. According to the Report, 14.2 million girls will be married every year in the next decade, rising to 15.1 million girls a year starting from 2021 until 2030, if present trends continue. These figures are indeed frightening.
Statistics available from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of 2011 indicates that 27 per cent of girls married before age 18 years with higher prevalence rates in the rural poor communities. This is irrespective of the existence of a strong legal and institutional framework on the subject.
Renal Ghana Foundation is therefore determined in ending early child marriages in Ghana, by dealing with the underpinnings of child marriage and also assisting and reintegrating victims back to society.
The aim of the project is therefore, to first of all create awareness on the implications and causes of child marriage, aid victim under-go psychological counselling to help reintegrate them into society, equip 50 child marriage survivors in every region with vocational and entrepreneurial skills and eventually give a start-up capital (GHS 1000) to each survivor after the training. Furthermore, the project seeks to financially support any survivor who desires to return to school.
2. The Enemy Called Anger Project (TECA)
Ghana records about 1,500 suicide cases annually, the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has revealed. That figure, he said, constituted about seven per cent loss of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but, little attention was paid to suicide cases in the country. According to him, in every single reported case of suicide, there were four unreported case of suicide, there were four unreported cases, bring the number of unreported cases to about 6,000 annually. Leading cause of suicide is depression. As part of our objectives, Renel Ghana sat down to examine critical issues that have come up in our society recently and identified Anger as a root cause for many of these negative actions that occur. We see in the news and hear on radio these days about people pouring acids on their fellow human beings, people setting houses on fire and destroying properties running into millions of Ghana cedis; people butchering others with machetes, inflicting severe wounds on them and sometimes killing them, among others. All of these things come about as a result of anger and this has influenced our decision to initiate and champion a strong campaign against TECA, The Enemy Called Anger (kill it!). We seek to educate the general public on anger and its devastating effect on we as individuals, our friends, families and the society as a whole and most importantly how to manage anger. The long term is to have a 24hours anger management Centre where people can channel theirs angers issues and they will receive counselling as well.
TECA (The Enemy Called Anger, Kill It) is a project under Renal Ghana Foundation. What this project seeks to achieve is to educate the public especially, the youth about anger and its consequences. What anger has done to other African Nations and how to prevent it. TECA seeks to campaign against the root cause of wars in other African countries and how to deal with it or control it.
Project Publicity and Awareness Creation.
This project will benefit from the most comprehensive public awareness campaign both internally and externally. Renel Ghana Foundation is looking at bringing on board the SRC presidents from all tertiary institutions, high profile companies as well as companies with high customer relations. High profile personalities like His Excellency the President of the Republic, the First Lady, Ministers, Leaders of the various Political Parties, Celebrities, Journalists, Religious leaders and the general public.
3. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR) Advocacy Project
Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.
To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby.
Every individual has the right to make their own choices about their sexual and reproductive health. Renel Ghana Foundation, together with a wide range of partners, works toward the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning.
4. Outreach Project
Renel Smile Project (RSP)
As part of our main mission of Ending Poverty (SDG 1), we established this project in 2014.
The aim of this project is to build the capacity of the vulnerable in society like orphans, prison in-mates, street children etc, to enable them take advantage of equal opportunities and withstand shocks posed by national or global crisis, thereby leading to their social development.