A Akuakrom, l’association Back To Roots réalise depuis 2007 des projets de solidarité internationale.
Back To Roots a été créée en 2007 dans l’objectif principal d’améliorer les conditions de vie dans le village d’Akuakrom (centre du Ghana) en répondant aux besoins primaires de la population.
L’association Back to Roots a également pour but la création d’actions de solidarité et de développement durable en direction du Ghana, en établissant des projets avec la France, notamment dans les domaines culturels, éducatifs, économiques, sportifs et de la santé, Ces actions d’entraide visent à créer des liens et des échanges entre la France et le Ghana.
Ernest Boachie-Duah, roi d'Akuakrom et président de Back To Roots
The Back to Roots Foundation (BTRF) is an association founded primarily to provide for and participate in the development of the village of Akuakrom. Akuakrom is a village situated in the Ashanti region of Ghana with a population of approximately 5000 people. BTR intends to make Akuakrom a model of economic and environmental development driven by selfreliance. This model is to be eventually replicated in other villages throughout the Ashanti heartland, Ghana and by extension, the African continent.
BTRF has its Head Offices in Vaulx-en-Velin near Lyon, France and is headed by the recently enstooled – Chief Nana Boachie-Duah Awere I. The Foundation also has substantial linkages with members of the African Diaspora and on the African continent. BTRF is in partnership with Sankofa Black Star Music, a concert promotion and record distribution company, with over thirty (30) years experience in the music industry. Sankofa Black Star Music has committed to provide BTRF with the requisite expert and technical support in its fundraising activities.
BTRF enjoys the support of the Akuakrom Village Council and the Village’s Committee of Development of which the president, Nana Boachie – Duah Awere I, is also the president of Foundation
The main objective of BTRF is to improve the living conditions of the people in the village of Akuakrom by targeting the primary needs of its population. The Foundation will be involved in the development of public properties, education, health, sport and other social initiatives. The aim is to assist in encouraging good governance and the empowerment of the people of Akuakrom.
The primary mission of BTRF is to provide the resources and environment to implement actions of solidarity, sustained development and fair business practices in the village. This model community is to be eventually replicated in other villages throughout the Ashanti heartland, Ghana and by extension the African continent. The resultant linkages and exchanges will eventually help to unite communities and countries around the common theme of development from within utilising resources from without.
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
Akuakrom has acres of fertile lands available for small, medium size and large scale agricultural projects. Currently the Villager’s primary source of livelihood is agriculture and livestock breeding but the true potential is largely untapped.
BTR will assist in the diversification of the agriculture product targeting areas such as: forestry (timber), cash crop and/or winter vegetables, orchards (fruit trees) fish rearing, advanced livestock breeding, palm and other food groups. The Foundation will also be instrumental in developing farmer’s co-operatives and marketing networks to allow farmers to package and sell agricultural output locally and in external markets.
The farmer’s co-operatives will also provide inexpensive agricultural inputs and materials to facilitate efficiency in production. Such items include fencing material which is integral to the control of livestock and protection of farms. There is also a need for the establishment of storage and waste treatment areas to create organic fertilizers from farm and livestock waste.
The Foundation is in the process of appointing a Board of Directors with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive education program for the village of Akuakrom. The Board will consist of the following:
Oppong Tweneboah – Director of Board of Education
Aalbert Opoku – Director of School Board
Prince Asamoah – Director of Parent-Teacher Association
Pastor Elder Opoku – Director of Religious Studies
The Committee will be responsible for the planning and the implementation of educational programs and comprehensive syllabuses which are to be made available to all the children of the village. The programs are to be developed in three (4) stages:
- Day care (kindergarten) 6months to 3years
- Infants or pre-school. (3 to 6years)
- Primary school
- Middle school (junior secondary school), and
- Secondary school (senior secondary school)
The Committee will interview and select qualified and competent teachers and be responsible for the negotiation of salaries and the provision of accommodation facilities.
BTR will provide uniforms, text books, lunch, etc, where necessary and other items to the children to assist in the education process. It will become the responsibility of the schools and community to make sure all children of school age attend school and if a child doesn’t attend his or her parents will be brought before the traditional court for a ruling.
BTRF will identify land for the building of schools with the requisite amenities such as; running water, electricity and sanitary convenience. In addition the Foundation will provide furniture, text books, computers, etc. The aim here is to create the perfect atmosphere for the pupils to learn.
As in many other African communities/villages, Akuakrom lacks the basic infrastructure, equipment, personnel and medical supplies to effectively protect the population from diseases and other types of sickness. Due to the lack of medicine which is very expensive, contagious illnesses tends to spread rapidly throughout the community. BTR plans to assist in improving the health infrastructure, the recruiting of personnel and the sourcing of some of the most detrimental medical supplies.
Educational programs will also be initiated to train the villagers about proper hygiene in order to reduce and cure certain diseases/ailments. Special emphasis will be placed on the deadly HIV/AIDS phenomenon now threatening to engulf the entire African continent. Efforts to improve hygiene will be concentrated on the awareness of proper sanitary practices and the building of public toilets. The HIV/AIDS program will involve the printing and dissemination of pamphlets, radio and TV exposure and community workshops.
The approach to sourcing medical supplies is through the targeting of smaller companies that produce generic drugs that can be obtained at a fraction of the cost of brand name products. This will significantly reduce the cost of health provision to the population. In addition, wells and water pumps are to be acquired in order to ensure that an adequate quantity of good quality water reaches the community at inexpensive rates.