managed by M. N. Ziblim (Communication)
Simli AiD is a local Ghanaian NGO committed to the reduction of poverty in the rural areas of Northern Ghana through the promotion of food security at household levels, green environment, reproductive health rights, water and sanitation and adult literacy. These are done through grassroots mobilisation, sensitisation and capacity building. The core values revolve around respect for the fundamental rights of citizens. Currently, Simli AiD operates in over 70 communities across 5 districts in the northern region supporting women and children to address their poverty according to their own terms. The project is to expand an ongoing project to address the increasing threat of the sahara on the northern region of Ghana and to help about 100 poor farmers to improve upon their farm yields. It will also support about 200 women to rear small animals on a cooperation basis to help enhance income for them. The project requires about 19,000 euros to be implemented. It is hoped that every little amount of contribution is highly valued and Simli AiD calls on all who share in the values of good humanity to work with it to implement the project.
As the early morning sun rises and children begin to chase butterflies in the emerging green environment, M ma Neena (mother Neena) begins to ponder over what awaits her in this season, will it be the usual routine???. The early ains have just started coming and farmers are busily planning and making preliminary preparations to start ploughing their fields. As the season is at the infancy, most women peasants are busily negotiating with the menfolk for land to start their farming entreprises. The lucky ones will get good and fertile lands while the rest may be given "just land" for their farming activities. They will have to look for tractors or bullocks to plough the fields, seed and them start the hard labour of weeding the farms. In this direction, a woman who is already overburdened with the daily household jobs (that she offer for free to the family) has the additional task of doing all these hard jobs to be able to make significant impact on the farm. This even becomes more burdensome if she is carrying a little baby at her back.
At the end season, she may either smile at the end produce or carry her heavy face back home and start praying for survival for the rest of the year. This is due to the fact that extension and input support to women farmers are very low and most women depend entirely on their own initiatives to endure the hard task of the farming season. This project intends to reverse these and to make agriculture and farming more rewarding to women. Your support and efforts in any form will help to reduce the burden on these women and enable them find joy and honour in peasant farming.