Who we are
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” African proverb
Keeping Families Together Ghana (KFTGhana) is a Dutch-Ghanaian non-profit organisation founded with the aim of empowering economically underprivileged girls and women to break the cycle of dependency. Our projects seek to equip women and girls with practical and vocational training, primary education and entrepreneurship opportunities necessary to become self-reliant. Breaking the cycle of dependency is our chief objective, as girls and women are too often the victim of circumstances and barriers outside of their control.
We work solely within the communities that fall far below the poverty line. These areas are plagued by high rates of illiteracy and unemployment, coupled with low graduation rates and food insecurity. As our project concerns women and girls, it should be said that drop-out and illiteracy rates are much higher among girls than boys. This is multi-faceted and can be attributed to a variety of reasons including teenage pregnancy, child marriage, gender-based violence, and poverty. As a result, these women are unable to access the skills and training necessary to achieve financial independence. In order to successfully address the immense, devastating effects of gender inequality and discrimination, we must focus our efforts and confront each individual facet of the problem. This is precisely what our project aims to do.
Our project goes beyond the tangible, however, and we hope to make a lasting social impact within our target communities. Addressing gender inequality is an extremely long-term, arduous task that requires dedicated effort and focused attention. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, and one of those is through boots-on-the-ground work within the communities that foster the greatest gender gap. We work to raise awareness through our work and shift the mind-set of society by empowering these women and girls through practical education. As the workforce begins to include more and more female representation, we hope to see a change in attitude regarding the role and treatment of women in the society.