ASRuD’s MAIN OPERATIONAL TRIPOD
ASRuD operates along the following broad programme areas:
(i)Social Development Programmes.
(ii)Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development with Microfinance (MF) Support Services.
(iii)Sustainable Agricultural Development options
GEOGRAPHICAL SCOPE OF ASRuD’s OPERATIONS
ASRuD’s focus from the onset, has been settled on deprived rural communities in the country. ASRuD currently operates in three (3) out of Ghana’s ten (10) administrative Regions. These are Volta, Eastern and Central Regions of Ghana. The Districts include Adaklu Anyigbe, Ho, South Tongu, North Tongu, Kadjebi, Krachi East and Krachi West Districts, all in the Volta Region; Birim North, Kwahu North and Fanteakwa Districts of the Eastern Region and the Mfantsiman District of the Central Region of Ghana. Plans are also afoot to extend our economic development opportunities to South Dayi, Ketu North and Ketu South Districts, all in the Volta Region of Ghana.
ASRuD’s choice of the above Districts is largely informed by the structural levels of deprivation, appalling rates of infant, child and maternal mortality, disease, illiteracy and unemployment. These areas are highly plagued with children out of school, lack of access to medical care, clean water and decent housing, plummeting life expectancy, and myriad symptoms of persistent poverty.
ASRuD’s Critical Focus (Target Groups).
ASRuD’s prime critical focus in the active operational Districts (orbits) are several distressed rural peasant/subsistent farming and fishing communities as well as small informal sector operators with particular emphasis on women and the youth.
Characteristics of these rural communities are landlessness, constricted production systems, extremely marginal yields, illiteracy (which is particularly very high among women and girls), poverty and ignorance, all of which have conspired to exacerbate vulnerability levels, while Teenage Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), particularly HIV/AIDS are taking a grave toll on the youth.