Non-governmental organizations are agencies or organizations that are not governmental. They exist independently of the state and they take many forms. Some non-governmental agencies, such as some international NGOs, provide humanitarian aid to developing countries.
Let’s explore what the development of Non-Governmental Organizations in Ghana is like and take look at some of the NGOs in Ghana that are contributing immensely towards the growth of the country. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are organizations that are not run by the government. They exist independently of the state and they take many forms. Some non-governmental agencies, such as international NGOs provide humanitarian aid to developing countries. Since we are looking at the development of NGOs in Ghana, we also take a sneak peek into what some NGOs are doing to help the unemployed, orphans, and the education sectors among others.
NGOs in Ghana are known to exist for several purposes such as to assist in the contribution of developmental projects to the educational sectors in Ghana, provision of developmental projects for orphans as well as the street child in the country, provision of healthcare facilities to the indigent population among other projects been implemented. Most NGOs in Ghana that I know are most active in ensuring that children have better access to education, with their main objective being that of educating children on all levels from primary school until university level attainment. These NGOs also provide scholarships for less privileged children. Apart from providing scholarships to study up to the tertiary level, most NGOs engages in educating children on the basics of life skills via entrepreneurial studies. This is presented to the children to build up their entrepreneurial capability as well as helping them prepare for the future. They do all these at very little or no cost.
One example of an NGO in Ghana that provides free educational services to children is the Ghana Education Service development Organization (GESODO). Ghana Education Service development Organization is one of the active NGOs in Ghana that is focusing on providing free education for the street child in Ghana. The organization’s main objective is to provide vocational facilities for the poor and needy learners by providing them with an opportunity to acquire their certificates of qualifications or vocational certificates if they have dropped out of school, and also help those who do not have means of acquiring education due to lack of financial resources or other reasons. GESODO has 4 departments in their organization which include the basic education department, the adult and non-formal education department, and the ICT (Information Communications Technology) as well as the distance learning department. The organization has been very active in organizing numerous clubs especially to engage young people in educational projects. They have branches in the various ports of the country that have been very active in providing vocational education to the less privileged, especially in the rural areas.
Another example of an active NGO in Ghana helping to cater to the plight of the less privileged in Ghana is the orphans and youth project (O.Y.P.). The orphans and youth project is a non for profit organization that provides rehabilitation services to the indigent population of Ghana. Their services are aim at improving the livelihoods and living standards of the poor in Ghana. The organization provides vocational training, legal advice, medical and financial assistance to mostly orphanage homes. Through their network, several activities have been carried out to help the orphans and the less privileged. Some of their activities include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, provision of sanitary pads for young girls, and personal hygiene education.
The O.Y.P. has also been active in helping young people find job opportunities and through its partnership with international humanitarian NGOs in Ghana. The O.Y.P. has also developed a mentorship program where they mentor and train young people on how to read and write and the mentorship program is designed in a way that they use technology to help them to stay connected with each other 24 hours 7 days a week.