Yin-Namal Foundation (YNF), a non-governmental organisation, in the Upper East Region, has enrolled nine shepherd girls from deprived communities into the formal education system.
It had also trained over 26 women in shea butter production.
Speaking at the launching of the foundation here in Bolgatanga on Wednesday, the Executive Director of Restorative Seed Society, Mr Hillary Adongo, explained that the foundation was started by a visionary, self-motivated young midwife, Ms Ernestina Ayinsum.
He explained further that she got into action by her relentless compassion for scores of rural girls and women in an encounter and started the YNF and got it registered with the Registrar General’s Department.
The founder stated further that the foundation is aimed at collaborating with the Ghana Health Services and other stakeholders in strengthening and improving maternal health care in rural areas of the region.
She explained that her outfit is also into girls and women empowerment as well as entrepreneurship training for women and to support girls stay in school.
“Though the foundation is very young, it has trained over 26 women in shea butter production and also enrolled nine girls in deprived areas in the region who were shepherds into the formal education system and are currently attending schools,” Ms Ayinsum stressed.
She mentioned that her outfit would continue to train women in shea butter production and noted that that such training by the NGO had brought about the existence of Talinkinpaak Shea Butter Group in Nagani in the Tempane District in the region.
According to her, YNF has also supported girls who were ‘cow girls’ to go back to school to develop their chosen career with dignity and as part of empowering the women in rural communities through health.
She said the foundation organises health education on maternal health in some churches to improve and strengthen maternal health care in rural communities.
According to her, the vision of the Foundation was to collectively strive for accessible, reasonable and inclusive quality education system, provision of primary health service delivery, women empowerment, awareness for excluded helpless girls in rural communities.
The YNF founder stated that the mission of the organisation is to improve the livelihood of the pregnant women, deprived and marginalised individuals in our society through a sustainable socio-economic development.
She said as part of its activities, the foundation would strengthen maternal health care to women in rural communities, empower the girl-child to go back to school, educate the adolescent girls on their reproductive health and sexuality, help the poor and needy in rural communities, women empowerment through entrepreneurship training to promote the economic, social and domestic interest of women.
She indicated her outfit was willing to collaborate with any organisation in carrying out projects on strengthening maternal health in rural areas and creating awareness on the reproductive health of adolescent girls in rural communities.
FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, BOLGATANGA