TONY FOFIE CHILD DEVELOPMENT FUND
This fund is one of the many initiatives of Mondelēz International Cocoa Life to address child protection issues and livelihood challenges. The fund aims at building capacity in cocoa growing areas to empower cocoa farmers to drive their own development. In line with the organization’s vision of supporting the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities as well as creating educational opportunities for children and other young people, the fund will support senior high school education, apprenticeships, technical education and vocational education in schools across the country. Beneficiaries of the fund will also receive career guidance through a mentorship program. The fund is independent of Mondelēz International and it has been named after a Ghanaian who spent all his working life in a quest to improve the sustainability of Ghana’s cocoa supply chains. This year, the Tony Fofie Child Development Fund will support 70 children of cocoa farmers with the expectation of growing to cover needy children in more cocoa growing with the support of the cocoa industry stakeholders.
The main objective of the fund is to protect and promote the rights of children in cocoa growing communities. This will be achieved through the following sub objectives:
- Build intellectual and skill capacity of children in cocoa growing communities;
- Support children to pursue higher academic laurels;
- Equip young people with skills for livelihood through apprenticeship;
- Empower young people with interest in cocoa farming to produce quality cocoa sustainably;
- Reduce the incidence of out-of-school children; and
- Reduce the practice of child labour in cocoa growing areas.
The Tony Fofie Child Development Fund is guided by the following child protection principles:
- The fund is developed based on a commitment to ensure children’s right to education is realised.
- The fund will take steps to preserve the dignity and privacy of children.
- The fund will ensure that children are not subject to physical, emotional or sexual abuses.
MONDELĒZ INTERNATIONAL – FUND SPONSOR
Mondelēz International is one of the world’s largest chocolate companies. It is the mother company of Cadbury Ghana Limited which manufactures Richoco and Cadbury Hot Chocolate; Taloca International which procures cocoa beans from Ghana and Mondelēz International Cocoa Life, the cocoa sustainability programme. For Mondelēz International, to secure the cocoa supply chain in its key origins including Ghana is a development as well as a business imperative. Mondelēz International Cocoa Life creates value across the chocolate business, protecting and growing cocoa supply chains; brand and reputation; as well as consumer and customer value.
The vision of Mondelēz International Cocoa Life is “Empowered thriving cocoa communities as the essential foundation for sustainable cocoa.” Our goal is to facilitate a set of holistic interventions in order to reach at least 45,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana and indirectly reach more than 400,000 persons in cocoa growing communities in Ghana.
Our objectives are to:
- Support farmers to improve their yields and livelihoods and earn incomes that lift them out of poverty;
- Work toward the empowerment of women in cocoa growing communities and work with cocoa growing families to create the kind of communities they and their children want to live in;
- Professionalize cocoa farming and provide business knowledge and skills for complimentary livelihoods;
- Work towards eliminating child labour by helping communities tackle its root causes; including nurturing the next generation of cocoa farmers; and
- Protect the landscapes in which cocoa is grown to maintain eco-systems in order to provide viable environments and farming land for future generations.
CHILD RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL - FUND MANAGER
The fund is under the management of Child Rights International (CRI), a non-profit-organisation committed to the protection and promotion of the inherent dignity of every child. Established in 1997, Child Rights International has been a key advocate in the protection, promotion and education on children’s rights in Ghana. Active in 7 regions, Child Rights International partners with other organizations to undertake projects aimed at improving the standard of living for families and ultimately ensuring the wellbeing of children in every household and in communities. Child Rights International has long supported initiatives for child protection and capacity building among children. Child Rights International remains steadfast in promoting the fundamental human rights of children and remains committed to supporting needy children whose parent/guardians do not have the financial capacity to support them to acquire formal or informal education.