Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana
The YHFG is a youth focused Non-Governmental Organization which is also non-partisan and with no religious affiliation. The Foundation was founded in 2002 with head office based in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana. The guiding believe is that helping the deprived youth of the north of Ghana to conserve and develop their physical and mental strength through education, entrepreneurial training and improved living conditions is the right way to ensure their viability to society and fight poverty.
The YHFG is governed by a 5 member Board of Trustees (BOT) who oversees to the policy direction of the foundation and takes oversight responsibilities for managerial decisions. The secretariat that implements the programs of the foundation is headed by an executive director who is the sixth non-voting member of the BOT.
It is our vision to enable self-reliant and self-sufficient youth living in a more equal, healthy and prosperous society.
Support and empower young people to achieve their full potential:
• in their personal life,
• professional development,
• as active advocates of the rights of young people,
• and contribute to a sustainable environment.
1. Adolescent sexual Reproductive Health and Rights – SRHR knowledge and skills education, and advocacy
2. Life and Entrepreneurial skills development towards self-reliance – life skills training
3. Agribusiness development focusing on market access
Since 2003, the YHFG have been working in the area of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. The first project, “Healthy Sexual Life Campaign” which ended in 2005 also revealed that a lot more needed to be done in SRHR. Demand for sexual and reproductive health services and commodities continued to grow in an environment with too few health workers particularly in the poorest areas. The evaluation report also indicated that we could make more use of opportunities to integrate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in ways that respond better to young people’s needs. Subsequently, youth clubs were established in Senior High Schools and the clubs remained an important contact to in-school youth up to date. With different project activities, our current focus is on working with community partners and youth groups to:
•Gather evidence to advocate nationally for policies and resources that address young people’s rights to sexual and reproductive health, and continue to address controversial issues such as forced marriages, safe abortion, harmful and coercive practices;
•improve access to comprehensive services that are responsive to the rights and needs of young people and other vulnerable groups;
• address socio-cultural and economic barriers using a rights-based approaches, and tackling issues outside the health sector, especially skills training to provide economic empowerment; and
•support research, monitoring and evaluation and apply knowledge and lessons learnt in policy advocacy