Children's Library Jachie
The library was established in 2003 and used to occupy one of the rooms at the family house used as a temporary location of the Crèche. The long term goal was to organize a mobile library, where with a van, various locations within a 15-mile radius, would be visited; to allow easy borrowing of books.
There are a large collection of children books including assorted encyclopedias, dictionaries and academic (exercise and reading) books that could be borrowed in bulk by teachers for their class as a group.
There are several success stories associated with the projected which has been managed from time to time by our wonderful volunteers!
TACCO Creche - Jachie
The creche serves as a day care centre (subsequently expanded to kindergarten and primary 1-2 in 2017) for children who will otherwise, without choice, be taken along to the market or family farm. This is can be distressful for both mother and child. Above all, the children are then derived of social skills through lack of interactions with their peers, and the mothers, having to carry their young children on their back or tow them along, makes their day unproductive.
The has been a huge success due to the many volunteers (local and external), who have worked passionately to contribute to the well being of the children and indirectly to the productivity of the community.
In 2010, Alice Mckenzie (UK) performed a community survey on TACCO to evaluate how satisfied the community was with our services, and the result was very positive and encouraging. It also revealed that children who have attended the creche were more confident and enjoyed primary school more than their counterparts (according to primary teachers from various schools).
One outstanding comment was how much the youth in community enjoyed having volunteers (mainly Gap-Year students and other tourists) from various countries and learning and sharing their experiences.
Langbinsi Creche & Youth Program
This project was to be a model template for our nationwide vision; to collaborate with and assist local communities set up and run their own childcare facilities. Langbinsi is located in the north-eastern part of Ghana (about 180km from Tamale).
The long term goal this project was to encompase all the elements of TACCO's commitment to community development through child and youth development. Key activities were to include:
- Youth Sports (Basketball and Football)
- Youth Farm
- HIV/Aids Awareness Campaign
Over the period between October 2007 and March 2008, our volunteers, Lida Kraak (Netherlands) and Marie Duthilleul, designed and constructed an open-air basketball field and a complete school block. This project was kindly sponsored by HappyLife, a Dutch, who fundered the new school block.
For both construction projects, all manual labour was organised and provided by the community itself - photo album, which created a sense of ownership of the project.
In 2010, the school building and operational responsibility was transferred to association for the local community.
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