Northern Sector Action on Awareness Centre (NORSAAC)
Context: Northern Ghana is the third poorest region in the country and recent research shows that only 60% of young people under 15 years of age living in the north qualified to enter secondary school. Regional education disparities have health impacts: 23% of young women age 15-19 with no education in Ghana’s Central and Northern regions have begun childbearing compared with 7% in the Western and Greater Accra regions. There is an unemployment rate of 42-46% among out of school youth in these areas. While 70% of the population relies on bicycles for transport; bike repair services are only available in cities.
Organization: The Northern Sector Action on Awareness Center (NORSAAC) was founded in 2002 as a gender focused community-based advocacy organisation mobilizing youth to discuss and find ways of addressing sexual and reproductive health issues in schools. Since then, NORSAAC has taken a greater interest in sustainable livelihoods for youth and women, while integrating reproductive health issues and women’s rights and participation.
Current Grant: EMpower’s fifth grant supports the Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative Project (SLIP) to increase livelihoods opportunities and youth economic independence through skills development, increased access to credit and increased youth influence over parents, traditional and district authorities.