We Support rural Children and women to Reach Their Full Potential
What We Do
— Literacy Project
Education is at the heart of HCFs’ mission. We support rural poor communities in their efforts to ensure that all children–including the most vulnerable and marginalized—have the right to a quality education. Recognizing that education can be a force for either inclusion and acceptance or exclusion and conflict, HCF engages a wide variety of rural poor people to ensure that schools play a positive role in building a culture of peace.
HCF has education programs in 25 rural poor communities in both Volta and Bono regions of Ghana. With funding from NAWA, we were able to construct 6 classrooms which is accommodating over 200 children in the Tagadzi community, thereby improving quality education in this rural poor community. Our education projects encompass a range of activities, including early childhood development, school feeding programs, and primary, secondary, and higher education in both formal and non-formal settings.
— Disability Project
We provide social supports to kids living with various forms of disability. We believe these kids are vulnerable in the society and voiceless therefore needs special attention to be able to feel part of the human society. Together with our partners based in Germany, we provide them with physiotherapy, formal education, psychosocial counseling, medical treatments and school supplies.
— Health education
We provide free health education to pregnant women, nursing mothers and also create health awareness in selected rural poor communities on infectious diseases and what to do to live a healthy lifestyle. As a leader in rural community health education, HCF often goes where others don’t. We carry out a wide array of health-related activities tailored to the needs of the communities we serve. Our rural poor community healthcare programs are designed to address inequities, support universal access to services and produce long lasting results. Our approach strengthens grassroot partners, develops local solutions and works in remote areas often neglected by existing health and social service systems.
— Women Empowerment
Heritage Charity Foundation is working to reduce unemployment among rural women in rural communities by equipping them with entrepreneurship skills training using the innovative methods of organic farming. Despite strides being made in the development status of Ghana, there are still huge inequalities in income, education and food security here. Sunyani-West District, a predominantly agricultural community in the Bono Region of the country, is one of the poorest areas where nearly half the households are food insecure, and where over 33% of people are living below the national poverty line (which is less than USD 0.70 a day). It also has one of the lowest literacy rates, with 75% of the region being non-literate. Our project is working to tackle this through building the skills of local farmers to increase their incomes and quality of life. We work in close partnership with rural small-scale farmers to strengthen seed systems, promote nutrition, build assets and improve household decision making. We take into account the different needs of disaster-affected and chronically poor farmers, including women, men, youth and the elderly, while creating a foundation for lasting change. A key is to help farmers engage effectively in markets without taking on additional risk. This work supports a transition from relief to development.
— Water Security
Water security means water is effectively and holistically managed to support human well-being, socio-economic development and the environment, with an emphasis on ensuring equitable access to safe water and sanitation for the very poor, the vulnerable and disaster-affected populations.
In 2018, the United Nations estimated that roughly 3.6 billion people live in areas vulnerable to water scarcity and that number could reach 5.7 billion in 2050. Climate change, over-extraction of water from aquifers, and contamination of surface and groundwater all threaten ecosystems and freshwater availability. In nearly every part of the world, water is being polluted at a scale that threatens human health and economic development—for ourselves and for future generations. The ramifications of water resource loss are staggering.
Ensuring that all communities live in a water-secure world is foundational to humanitarian and development programs at HCF. Our strategic vision for 2030 centers on water security by asserting that water security is a human right, inalienably tied to our health, dignity and socio-economic development.
Through 2030, HCF will strive to achieve its vision by empowering water stewardship in three principal areas:
- Water- and climate-smart agriculture.
- Innovative, scalable, adaptable, resource-neutral and gender-responsive water, sanitation and hygiene, or WASH, services.
- Improved, more equitable and inclusive water governance that increases financial investments in water.
— About MEAL
MEAL—Measuring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning—is a HCF core competency that is pivotal in the design and implementation of high-impact programs.
Heritage Charity Foundations’ commitment to operational and programmatic excellence demands continuous improvement in our ability to document, analyze and apply learning at the project, sector and agency levels, and to share our reflections with stakeholders, practitioners and policymakers.
HCF invests in an agency-wide approach to monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning for communities programming to improve our ability to:
- Use effective feedback mechanisms to ensure greater accountability to program beneficiaries
- Systematically measure results, incorporate and document experiential learning
- Optimize use of technology to improve the accuracy, timeliness and accessibility of monitoring and evaluation data
- Facilitate decisions based on evidence and learning
- Share our learning with the broader development community and policymakers
MEAL offers opportunities to strengthen the quality of our programs and accountability to the people we serve, sharpen skills, deepen experience, innovate and lead sustainable development work.