The Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG) was first envisioned by John Kingsley Krugu, whose own youthful upbringing was beset with numerous challenges. Based on his personal difficult experiences, he thought of a youth organization that will work to support marginalized young people to access education and training that will make them contribute meaningfully to society.
When John Krugu finished his bachelor studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi in May 2001, he wrote the concept of the YHFG in a piece of paper. He discussed the idea with a number of friends who bought into it and the organization was formerly registered in November 2002. The current founding directors of the organization are John Kingsley Krugu, Mercy Babacheweh and Christopher Aluah Peter Yitah.
- Adolescent sexual Reproductive Health and Rights – SRHR knowledge and skills education, and advocacy
- Life and Entrepreneurial skills development towards self-reliance – formal education and life skills training
- Agribusiness development, with a particular focus on market access
Since 2003, the YHFG have been working in the area of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. The first project, “Healthy Sexual Life Campaign” which ended in 2005 also revealed that a lot more needed to be done in SRHR. Demand for sexual and reproductive health services and commodities continued to grow in an environment with too few health workers particularly in the poorest areas. An evaluation report also indicated that we could make more use of opportunities to integrate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in ways that respond better to young people’s needs. Subsequently, youth clubs were established in Senior High Schools and the clubs remained an important contact to in-school youth up to date. With different project activities, our current focus is on working with community partners and youth groups to:
- Gather evidence to advocate nationally for policies and resources that address young people’s rights to sexual and reproductive health, and continue to address controversial issues such as forced marriages, safe abortion, harmful and coercive practices;
- improve access to comprehensive services that are responsive to the rights and needs of young people and other vulnerable groups;
- address socio-cultural and economic barriers using a rights-based approaches, and tackling issues outside the health sector, especially skills training to provide economic empowerment and market access for income generation.
- support research, monitoring and evaluation and apply knowledge and lessons learnt in policy advocacy.
- To support and promote the sexual and reproductive health of young people by providing evidence-based interventions and supporting rights-based advocacy activities
- To support and promote skills development in young people, with a focus on entrepreneurship, employable and social skills towards addressing youth unemployment.
- To empower marginalized actors in agri-business value chains to take advantage of potential opportunities to improve market conditions for everyone and reduce poverty on a large scale
Youth-in and out of school aged 1 – 40, with particular focus on 10 – 24 years of age.