Toda Africa, a non-profit organisation was founded in 2016 in Accra, Ghana to undertake the vital work of women and youth empowerment. It seeks to provide free healthcare, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to very deprived communities in Ghana, empowering them to make positive socioeconomic changes for a sustainable future. Since its establishment in 2016, it has reached out to over 7,000 women and youth through its free Medical Outreach, Skills Training and Mentorship initiatives. One thing they wish to address is to reduce poverty and inequality by 2030 through healthcare, skills training, mentorship, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 3, 8 and 10.Toda Africa has the passion to touch lives and change the stories of vulnerable women and youth in Africa.
In order to improve access to primary healthcare, they organize free medical outreach to less privileged children, street hawkers and female head porters from the poorer communities in Ghana.
These outreach programmes are inter-laced with diverse activities such as Musical Chairs, Dancing and Singing Competition, among others. There are also motivational talks from senior citizens and respectable individuals in the communities. The team of health professionals, who are members of the NGO, with support from other volunteers, conducts tests such as Malaria test, Fasting blood sugar, Eyesight test, checking blood pressure levels, doing general assessment of children (ENT, heart, respiratory), Breast cancer screening, counselling on sexual reproductive health and medications. Every participant is given a dewormer and any other prescription by the doctors. Every child receives antibiotics and all critical cases discovered are referred to the nearest hospitals and funded by Toda Africa.
Toda Africa also provides free life skills training and mentorship to vulnerable women and youth through the street business school module. This objective is achieved through The Touch a Life (TAL) Project borne out of many years of experience with the annual Kayayei Christmas Party - a charitable event that shows love, donates and supports children and young female porters from the poorer Northern regions of Ghana, who migrate to the South in search of a better life where they end up sleeping on the streets. Since May 2017, the TAL Project has worked in close partnership with community leaders across Ghana to offer vulnerable women and the youth, training in life skills and entrepreneurship. A total of 650 women and youth have, so far, been impacted.
Changers Hub is another way that they provide free life skills training and mentorship to the youth. This project is designed by Toda Africa with the goal of expanding opportunities for youth leadership and active citizenship towards a more inclusive Ghanaian society. In particular, the project provides over 1,000 student leaders with improved knowledge and skills needed for effective social change leadership. The project also enhances opportunities for young leaders to apply leadership skills through the development and implementation of youth-led social change initiatives.
Toda Africa’s focus on women and youth is because these two groups are increasingly seen as an important part of the international development agenda. Empowering women and promoting gender equality are enshrined as global development objectives within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to in 2000. Their programmes are carefully designed not just to promote healthcare, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, but also to help maximize profit and sustainability of SMEs in a developing economy.
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Source : http://www.todaafrica.org/