The Catholic Relief Services in collaboration with Catholic Sisters has on June 14, 2023, organised a durbar on a project dubbed SCORE III, which focusses on early childhood development.
This forms part of efforts by WHO, UNICEF and World Bank on the need for a stable environment for parents and other caregivers that ensure children’s good health and nutrition.
Strengthening the capacity of women in early childhood development (SCORE ECD III) Project operating under the facilitation of Catholic sisters and CRS is to ensure quality early childhood development.
The project focusses on on three areas including Saving and Internal Lending Community (SILC), Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Smart couple.
The project is operating in Ghana, Malawi Kenya and Zambia.
In Ghana the project is in Northern, North- East, Upper West and Savannah Regions.
Ten(10) Districts and three Dioceses operating in Damongo, Sawla Tuna Kalba and Bole District in the western part of Savannah region are beneficiaries funded by Conrad N Hilton Foundation (CNHF).
In Tuna the project so far has 30 groups with 24 caregivers groups and 6male involvement groups in zong, Nafaa and Gburdi communities.
The project started in 2022 that seeks to ensure children 0-3 years old, in target communities live in a nurturing environment by 2024 .
Addressing the durbar of chiefs and care givers in Tuna the team leader of Score III project Rev. Sister Agatha Chiamaka, said the project is to create a healthy home in all sectors.
She said the early childhood development is to provide education and sensitization to parent to adhered to antenatal and post- natal with all seriousness.
Smart couple helps men to understand their role as men in ensuring a peaceful and collaborative marriage institution and Saving and Internal Lending Community is to bring care givers together in a saving and loan group to loan one another in terms of needs.
she expressed her gratitude to all stakeholders in Tuna for their support from the beginning to this stage because of the tremendous achievement of the project.
The project manager for score III project Rev sister Juliana Akayati said the project seeks to have a healthier and happy home for couples.
She encouraged men to support the project as that will build a happy home for children to have sound mind going into the future adding that the whole process starts from pregnancy to birth.
A beneficiary of the project madam Gobadi Banaya said the project has brought peace in several homes in the area
She said care givers and husbands have moved from the old ways of doing things and care givers has also developed the attitude of given their children the best of care.