Exploring Dreams Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Assanso, a farming community in Amansie East district of Ashanti region, laid the groundwork for building a GH 200,000 vocational training center? for widows and dropouts.
The first phase of the project is to build a modern bakery to give targeted beneficiaries, including orphans and the less privileged, hands-on training to become self-reliant.
The second phase is to have a talent development center to prepare and build capacity in various fields.
The founder of the foundation who also serves as Nkosuohemaa of Asssanso, Nana Yaa Barnie Twumasi Ankrah, said during the ceremony that she wanted to end unemployment in the region soon, especially among women.
She said most widows became vulnerable because they were too dependent on their deceased husbands.
“It’s to end this era and make women resourceful. I see a lot of men taking advantage of these widows, using them and throwing them away. It’s not good for our community and we have to end it,” said the Nkosuohemaa.
She said the foundation also provided the center with a truck to help speed up the facility’s trucking activities.
With the help of donors, the foundation offers financial support to needy but bright students in the region to pursue higher education.
Over the years, the foundation has provided elementary schools in the region with teaching and learning materials to enhance the government’s efforts.
Asssansohene, Nana Karikari Appau II, urged young people to take full advantage of the program and acquire skills for a living in the future.
The principal of Assanso SDA primary school and chairman of the foundation’s board, Francis Guggisberg, called for support to ensure that no one is left behind in the acquisition of knowledge.
He thanked the foundation for coming to the aid of the community.
The foundation also organized a party for the underprivileged, orphans, widows and the elderly.
Gifts including shoes, clothes, bags of rice, cooking oil and sardines were distributed.