Forsports Foundation, a sport for development NGO based in Sunyani has extended its operations to the Northern Regions of Ghana to contribute its quota towards the implementation and delivery of the SDGs using sports in the area.
Mr Christopher Forsythe, Founder and CEO of Forsports Foundation, in an interview at their Sunyani office to mark the foundation’s Operations in Northern Ghana in Bolgatanga, said the opening of the office marked the beginning of life-changing moments for youth and the communities in the northern part of Ghana.
He said children were at the heart of the NGO’s strategic development projects and programmes and stressed that Forsports Foundation was committed to ensuring that many children got support and opportunities they need to further their growth and advancement in life using sports.
Mr Forsythe said Forsports Foundation had been working for the past six years, and that, its operations currently covered the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions, using sports in promoting Life skills and Economic Empowerment, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, Participation in Sports and Education, Providing Safe Spaces, Health and Wellbeing.
He said children, who were marginalized, would continue to receive the needed support in education as well as protect them against any forms of maltreatment, and stressed that his outfit does so in partnership with communities, schools and MMDAs as well as civil society groups.
He said Forsports Foundation had made a remarkable impact in the lives of more than some ten thousand children who had been reached directly and indirectly through its various development interventions in the sectors of education, health and livelihood and youth development.
He assured deprived children and communities in the five Northern Regions that, the extension of Forsports Foundation’s operation to those areas would help improve child welfare, especially in the areas of education and health using sports.
He said its entry into the northern part of the country was also aimed at enabling Forsports Foundation to scale-up its proven interventions and to efficiently operate in the five Northern Regions to make the desired lasting improvement in the lives of children.
Mr Joseph Anyoka, an Educationist with a background in Sports for Development was subsequently appointed the Regional Manager of the foundation.
In accepting the position, Mr Anyoka commended Forsports Foundation for its life-changing programmes for deprived children in the communities for the past years.
He said Forsports Foundation desire to complement government efforts in improving lives of the people, especially in the areas of education, health and wellbeing using sports is laudable and expressed the hope that its presence in the Northern Regions would facilitate the implementation and delivery of the SDGs among rural communities.
The Trustees of the Foundation has entrusted Mr Anyoka to set-up his management team and recruit volunteers to spearhead the delivery of the foundation’s programmes in the Northern Regions. He is also tasked to set-up his Board of Directors to assist him accordingly.
The Foundation intends to deliver more sports for development programs in the area after the Convid-19 pandemic when the social gathering is lifted in the country, by kind courtesy of the supporters of the foundation, Shoes4Life-Czech Republic, Kits for the World-The Netherlands, Macron-Italy, Umbro-UK, Lord Taverners-UK and Mailbutler-Germany donated assorted sports kits to the Northern Regional Office for the delivery of their programmes after the Convid-19 pandemic.
Source: Forsports Foundation