Letter To The North

A Letter to all tribes in the Northern part of my country and this goes to any man who is arranging to build a family with a girl child all in the name of ethos, must better prepare for confrontation in contradiction of such inhuman practices and also focus on creating mutual relationships with women who are set for marriage but not the little ones who knows nothing about matrimony.
I write to inform you all about the implications of such act that is commonly known on this planet as Child Marriage , which I see to be a Dream Terminator of most young girls in the North.
I truly believe that, many people who visited the Savanna zone in the early years as researchers from other countries and regions asked a lot of wonderful questions about how young girls are being forced into early marriage without considering the future and the circumstances of the young Bride.
First and foremost, I will like to know some benefits of childhood marriage apart from the bride price paid which I know to be a customary practice in every society in our country and that is something you gain after exchanging a precious gift with someone else.
Marriage without relationship, love and affection.
Many of these little ones become mothers at very early stages of adolescent without proper education on maternalism, personal hygiene among others.
Mostly, some of these girls have to step down from school just to go serve in their matrimonial homes as house wives in pain and in bitterness without better Basic education background and some eventually loose their lives during labor as adolescent.
Data from the World Fertility Survey indicates that in several African continents, over 40 per cent of young women enter marriage or a quasi-marriage union by the time they reach the age of 18.

There is no hidden fact when a girl is married as a child, her fundamental rights are violated. In other words ending child marriage preserves a girls childhood, promote her right to an education, reduce her exposure to violence and abuse, and contribute to breaking cycles of poverty that are passed down from one generation to the next.
Delaying marriage and childbirth can further protect girls from the risks of HIV infection, death during childbirth, and debilitating medical conditions like obstetric fistula.
Early Marriage is a marriage that occurs before a person reaches the age of consent (18 years). Also known as child marriage, it is the practice where one or both spouses are below the ages of 18. Forced Marriage is marriage that occurs without the expressed consent of either one or both of the parties. Usually, the party whose consent is not sought is the girl and she is usually forced or coerced into marriage although some boys can be affected by this practice.
Up to date, issues about Child Marriage in the North still continue without fear and sympathy for these young and upcoming generations.

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ThePencilFirst Project Tour.

Most people believe in the dreams of every school going child, no matter what that particular Child is going through as a pupil or not. Some Children face challenges in their own worlds which remain a top secret to them only. Few of these Children also attempt playing with friends just to get liberated of their worries as kids, but their circumstances remain the same without any changes .

Every Child seems to be happier in school anytime they got good marks in class exercises or examinations but especially when they answer questions correctly in class and are been applauded for. But what are the most important things that will bring back the joy and smile onto the faces of these children?
Everybody on this planet will like to acquire something very vital and brand new for himself or herself, relating to the purpose of the material. Children with new set of school uniform, shoes, notebooks and even pencils will love to show off in school first on Monday morning with their new item acquired and beaming with smiles. That’s what every child needs today. As we begin a journey of live transformation project across some selected areas in Ghana, our aim is to motivate and empower the upcoming generation by assisting them through the provision of some imperative resources that will aid them achieve their dreams as children.
In this year’s project, TheReports Outreach team will reach out to some communities in the Volta Region, Northern , Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions in Ghana.
ThePencilFirst Project which began on July 20, 2018, presented pencils to all pupils from the lower classes to the kindergarten level at Likpe Mate a community in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region.

ThePencilFirst Project First Visit.

Most people believe in the dreams of every school going child, no matter what that particular Child is going through as a pupil or not. Some Children face challenges in their own worlds which remain a top secret to them only. Few of these Children also attempt playing with friends just to get liberated of their worries as kids, but their circumstances remain the same without any changes .
Every Child seems to be happier in school anytime they got good marks in class exercises or examinations but especially when they answer questions correctly in class and are been applauded for. But what are the most important things that will bring back the joy and smile onto the faces of these children?
Everybody on this planet will like to acquire something very vital and brand new for himself or herself, relating to the purpose of the material. Children with new set of school uniform, shoes, notebooks and even pencils will love to show off in school first on Monday morning with their new item acquired and beaming with smiles. That’s what every child needs today. As we begin a journey of live transformation project across some selected areas in Ghana, our aim is to motivate and empower the upcoming generation by assisting them through the provision of some imperative resources that will aid them achieve their dreams as children.
In this year’s project, TheReports Outreach team will reach out to some communities in the Volta Region, Northern , Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions in Ghana.
ThePencilFirst Project which began on July 20, 2018, presented pencils to all pupils from the lower classes to the kindergarten level at Likpe Mate a community in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region.

The Enemy of Children

The 2017 World Malaria Report provides a clear picture of the work required to control malaria. Data from over 90 countries reveals a dramatic reduction in the rates of disease and deaths between 2010 to 2015. But malaria deaths remained unchanged in Africa from 2015 to 2016.
During the same time period, the number of malaria deaths stalled in South-East Asia and Western Pacific while increasing in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Americas.
There is no magic bullet yet for malaria control. But it appears that even the most familiar prevention strategies are not being fully utilised. For example, under trial conditions,

insecticide treated bednets convincingly demonstrated a
cut in malaria by half . Yet this year’s report indicates that coverage of bednets is about 54%. This means that nearly half of the people who should be sleeping under the nets are not. The main drawback is funding to supply bednets and deliver them where they are needed most.
On top of that, resistance to the only insecticide currently used for treating bednets has been reported in over two thirds of African sites that have been monitored. There is a gap both in coverage of bednets and in research of new insecticides.
Although the 2017 World Malaria Report shows a plateau of the impact of malaria prevention and control strategies, this is not because they have reached their full potential. Far from it. The current interventions are hardly enough to eradicate malaria but if fully put to use, thousands of lives would be saved.
My question here is how many children die out malaria each month in your community, and what measures did you put in place to prevent the enemy.

Establishment of School Library at Hodzo

TheReports Outreach in collaboration with Book matters established a school library at Hodzo  located in the Ho municipality in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Hodzo L/A Primary

Violence against children

Violence against children is a pervasive problem that affects large numbers of children in South Africa. Yet, child abuse and neglect is largely under-reported. Between 2011 and 2012, roughly 25 862 children were reported victims of sexual offences, and another 23 000 children were physically 36686752181_889a29e079_z-530x398assaulted – almost half of them suffering grievous bodily harm. These reported cases are only a small proportion of the total number of crimes against children. An Eastern Cape study found that when asked, 89% of young women and 94% of young men said they had experienced harsh physical punishment, and almost 40% were sexually abused before age 18 but most did not report these incidences of abuse.

The Children’s Act and the Sexual Offence Act both establish mandatory reporting obligations to report abuse. Failure to report is a criminal offence, but more importantly it could leave a child at risk without support and services. This learning brief explains when the different obligations apply, to whom and what must be reported, and how to go about reporting abuse and neglect.

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