About Us

Decide what you love, what excites and inspires then make that your purpose and watch what transpires! - Keven Ngo

About Us

Purpose

YOVI exists to help empower women, children and other vulnerable groups, among others, to contribute meaningfully towards national development and prosperity.

Impact

Since our establishment, YOVi has provided over 364 eligible rural women with revolving loans to better the lives. These loans are provided along with skills training and educational programmes to ensure that all participants come together to learn and support each other in their ventures. As part of our organisation’s development plan, YOVi will set up a sheabutter village and register with the Ghana Export Promotion Council to export sheabutter to the UK and USA.

We have reached over 12 basic schools and 1,780 in-school youth on SRHR education and services within the Tamale Metropolis and its environs. Young people, mostly adolescents are organized into clubs and through a round table discussion, deliberate issues concerning their sexuality, education, child rights & responsibilities, and carrier development.

We have successfully supported 35 women located in our project communities to embark on agriculture production in variety of crops such as maize, soybean and millet. In Northern Ghana, it is very common to see youth idling under trees playing cards or lude. In the near future, YOVi intends to organize these young people into cooperatives to engage agribusiness.

Beliefs

YOVi believes in collaboration as impetus for cost-effective intervention. The activities of YOVi are oriented towards encouraging entrepreneurship as a solution to eliminating poverty. Moreover, our core vision lies in enhancing the welfare of families living in rural communities in Northern Ghana. Recognised as the most vulnerable groups, there is a special focus on promoting the survival, protection and empowerment needs of youth, women and children. YOVi was set up to promote and enhance the welfare of these groups by opening and linking them through sources of opportunities in education for children, skill training, livelihood empowerment, ICT and exchange programmes.

Our History

Organisational Background

YOVI was founded by young people who showed concern about the plight of the rural population in the Northern Region of Ghana; especially the conditions of many women and children. They pledged their commitment to work together to improve the prospects and opportunities of these vulnerable groups.

YOVI is a registered Youth development Non-profit, Nonpolitical, Non-ethnic NGO that exists to help empower youth, women and children and other vulnerable groups to contribute meaningfully towards national development and prosperity. Members of YOVI in forming the organization, recognized the fact that women and children are the most vulnerable groups in society and need a little push in order to realize their dreams and aspirations. With solid backgrounds and experience in working with children, YOVI developed educational programmes to help unlock new opportunities and develop their full potential.

To enhance operational synergy and foster partnership for innovation and best practices, the organisation work with a number of Coalitions/Networks at National, Regional and Global levels including the ACCESS Coalition, Girls Not Brides Ghana (GNB Ghana), Global Network on Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Sustainable Development Goals 13 (SDG 13), SDG 2, West Africa Child Rights Coalition (WACRC) and the Civil Society Organisations Forum (CSO Forum) of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC).

YOVI is supervised by a seven (7) member Advisory Board who are gender and human rights activists, health professionals, Peace activist, youth development professionals; dedicated and self-motivated to ensure smooth running of the organisation. The Board is responsible for policy formulation, direction and supervision of all activities. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of policies formulated by the Advisory Board; assisted by Programme Manager, Project Coordinator, Finance & Administrative Manager, Project Officers and volunteers

Key Thematic Areas Of Operation
  • Health, including Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
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  • Peace building for social justice
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  • Youth Entrepreneurship, including agriculture and skills training.
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  • Child Protection
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  • Governance and Civic Education
 
 

Our Mission

To work together with Stakeholders, development partners, and poor communities to advocate for the respect of the rights of children, Youth and Women to derive change on their own terms whilst contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of young people through SRHR education and services.

Our Vision

A society free from all forms of abuses, poverty and gender inequality, violence against women and children with improved quality education for all, health and well-being.