The District Chief Executive of the Ada West District in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, Lawyer A. F. Akrofi says he is highly inspired by the efforts shown by the people in the Matsekope Epicenter cluster to have moved from the mindset of dependency and resignation to self-reliance and responsibility, in the quest to end poverty and hunger. The Matsekope Epicenter was declared self-reliant at a colourful ceremony held on Thursday, 2nd November, 2017 after completing a ten year partnership program with the Hunger Project-Ghana (THP-Ghana).
Throughout Africa, The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes populations of a cluster of communities within a 10km radius to create an “Epicenter” or a Centre from where community-led development emanates and spreads to the surrounding areas. Through this fully integrated development strategy, community members establish and manage their own programs to improve food security, nutrition, health, education, micro-finance, water and sanitation. The Hunger Project – Ghana, in 2001, mobilized 13 communities which include Matsekope, Mahem, Salom, Toflokpo, Luhuor, Amlakpo, Addokope, Bornikope, Hwakpo, etc. in the Ada West District with the objective of helping to end hunger and poverty through sustainable grassroots, women-centered strategies by facilitating the coming together of rural communities to pursue development objective as a family. The Epicenter as an infrastructure consists of a Clinic with Nurses’ Quarters, Community Bank (Cooperative Credit Union), Conference Center, Library/KG and a Food Bank. The Matsekope Epicenter has graduated to self-reliance, meaning that in that cluster of villages, community members have demonstrated their confidence, capacity and skills to act as agents of their own development.
Speaking at the self-reliance celebration, the DCE of the Ada West District, Hon. A. F Akrofi commended the contribution of The Hunger Project-Ghana (THP-Ghana) to eradicate poverty and hunger in the district. The DCE added that the advancement of lives in the 13 communities under the Epicenter within a short period has been as a result of the self-mobilization and interventional programs introduced by THP-Ghana. Lawyer Akrofi pledged that other developmental hubs will be cited within the District to emulate the success story of the Matsekope Epicenter.
The Country Director of THP-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Erasmus Afrane, in his speech indicated that, he was enthused by the commitment demonstrated by the people of the Matsekope Epicenter to have grown a seed capital of approximately 25, 000 Ghana Cedis to about 400,000 Ghana Cedis in the last ten years. He tasked them to continue to do more to ensure that all programs initiated with the collaborative support of The Hunger Project - Ghana are sustained to give meaning to the investments made by the Morris Family from Australia to help improve development progress in the Epicenter.
The ceremony was climaxed with the unveiling of a plague and a tree planted to mark the occasion by the DCE, the Country Director of THP-Ghana, the Chief of Matsekope - Nene Ayiku Adzovu I and the Queen Mother of Matsekope to signify strength, unity and development. Also present at the graduation ceremony were: the District Police Commander - ASP George Aboagye, the District Coordinating Director for the Ada West Assembly – Alhaji Shehu Kadir, the Zonal Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Officials from the Electricity Company of Ghana in the district and Chiefs, Queen Mothers and Elders from the 13 Epicenter communities.