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BizBox Project: Empowering Ghanaian Youth and Entrepreneurs

The Business In A Box (BizBox) Project is a partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA).This project is to empower young men and women with access to skills development, market opportunities, start-up kits, social networks, and policy support. There was a district sensitization to urge the various youth, artisans, women in agriculture and agri-business and micro, small and medium enterprises to take this opportunity and register.

For more information visit https://gea.gov.gh/bizbox/.

Akatsi North District Assembly Staff Embark on Clean-Up Exercise In Readiness for the Re-opening of Ave Crocodile Resort.

The staff of the Akatsi North District Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu (DCE) and Mad.Rubby Sitsope Besagah (DCD) on Tuesday, March 26 embarked on a massive clean up exercise to sanitize the Ave Crocodile Resort for its re-opening on Wednesday 27th March, 2023.

The leaders were accompanied by the various Heads of Departments and staff of the District Assembly.

In the exercise that lasted approximately three(3) hours, staff were seen busily clearing bushy areas, heaping rubbish, sweeping and doing general cleaning.

The District Chief Executive promised patrons who would be visiting the crocodile resort this Easter a fun packed and exciting adventure.

PRESENTATION OF REVENUE-GENERATING ITEMS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN AKATSI NORTH DISTRICT ASSEMBLY

The primary objective of the initiative was to equip 37 Persons with Disabilities with the necessary tools and resources to generate income independently. By providing items such as deep freezers, cassava graters, plastic chairs, wheelchairs, sewing machines, and cement bags, the program aimed to create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods among PWDs.

The program was facilitated by the Akatsi North District Assembly together with Department of Social Welfare and Community Development. Over the course of several months, the Disability Fund Management Committee vetted and approved  identified eligible beneficiaries who needed revenue-generating items urgently. The selection process prioritized individuals with disabilities who demonstrated a willingness and capacity to utilize the resources effectively for income generation.

The presentation was held in the various electoral areas the beneficiaries are coming from between 26th October, 2023 to 7th February, 2024 with a notable turnout of stakeholders and community members. The event was attended by key stakeholders, including the District Chief Executive, the District Coordinating Director, chiefs from various communities, staff of the District Assembly, assembly members and members of the local communities.

Speeches from the District Chief Executive, commended the efforts of the assembly in promoting inclusivity and empowerment. He encourages the beneficiaries to make good use of the items given to them as it was procured upon their own request and approved by the Disability Fund Management Committee.

 He also appealed to community members to patronize the services of the beneficiaries to sustain their businesses and livelihood. He added that, government is committed to the empowerment of the PWDs.

 Each recipient received their respective items. These items included:

Deep Freezers, These appliances were provided to enable beneficiaries to engage in businesses such as frozen food sales, ice block production, and cold storage services.

Cassava Graters: Facilitating the processing of cassava into various marketable products, such as gari, flour, and cassava dough, these graters were allocated to enhance the economic activities of the beneficiaries.

Plastic Chairs: Supporting the establishment of small-scale rental businesses, the provision of plastic chairs aimed to enable beneficiaries to generate income through event rentals, meetings, and gatherings.

Wheelchairs: Addressing mobility challenges, wheelchairs were distributed to enhance the accessibility and independence of PWDs within their communities.

Livestock: Two persons requested for goats to rear which 3 goats each were given to the beneficiaries for rearing at Avevi and Ave Posmonu communities.

Other Items: Knitting machines, Industrial Sewing, Digital Photo printer Hand Sewing Machines, Palm Kernel Cracker and water pumping machine. Additionally, other supportive materials or resources such as cement and roofing sheets were provided based on individual needs and preferences.

A beneficiary receiving a deep freezer at Ave Dakpa

A beneficiary receiving a wheel chair

A beneficiary receiving an industrial sewing machine

A beneficiary receiving a cassava grater

PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)

On the 19th of January, 2024, the Akatsi North District Assembly presented financial support to 13 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) made up of 6 females and 7 males in a program designed to support their medical and educational needs towards inclusive development and social welfare.

These PWDs had applied for support through the PWD component of the DACF which were ensured that those in genuine need received the financial assistance approved for them

Cheque Presentation:

The highlight of the program was the presentation of cheques to the 13 identified PWDs. This took place at the Akatsi North District Assembly hall. The program was attended by Hon. Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu, the District Chief Executive and the District Coordinating Director (DCD). Other dignitaries included.

The cheques were presented by the District Chief Executive (DCE), the District Coordinating Director (DCD) and the Disability Fund Management Committee chairman. Presenting the cheques, the DCE pleaded with beneficiaries to make sure the investment is not in vain especially those in education sector to study hard and complete their studies successfully.

Medical Support

The funds provided aim to alleviate the financial burden on PWDs who require medical treatment, rehabilitation, or ongoing care. This reflects the assembly’s commitment to promoting health equity and ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to necessary healthcare services.

Educational Assistance:

The educational component of the support signifies the importance placed on empowering PWDs through education. The cheques will contribute to covering educational expenses, including tuition fees, supplies, and any necessary accommodations, fostering a more inclusive and accessible educational system.

The presentation reflects the District Assembly‚Äôs effort by the local government to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. The commitment to supporting both medical and educational needs underscores the assembly’s dedication to fostering inclusivity and social welfare to residents.