President's Annual Letter


FARIAD had another busy year in 2014, working on all our strategic goals to improve the health status of children and women; empowered women economically; increased access to quality education; promoted human rights and good governance; ensured environmental sustainability and regeneration;promoted TVET for vulnerable youth and women   and improved agriculture and increase access to food throughout the year in communities where we serve.

In addition to our core work of improving the welfare of rural folks, FARIAD staff have convened or participated in a range of meetings and networks related to our programmes and deepened our collaboration with other funders to leverage resources and move forward shared agendas. In 2014 we also organized our eighth staff retreat and completed multi-year reviews of four of our programmes. All these efforts have helped us assess the past as well as reflect upon the future of the organization.


We know that many of our partners, donors, supporters and members have spent considerable time and energy to read the multi-year review reports, for which we are grateful. The feedback was helpful and constructive. Supporters appreciate the expertise and responsiveness of FARIAD staff, our commitment to controversial, often under-funded areas, our willingness to take risks on new and untested ideas and our ability to reach out to more vulnerable communities.


As in previous years, 2014 offered opportunities and challenges in all our programme areas. Our responses to those opportunities and challenges varied across situations and programmes, but always reflected our core commitment to improving the lives of the most disadvantaged.


FARIAD is ambitious and growing organization that is evolving to meet changing needs of the deprived in society. Our track record since 1990s speaks for itself. At the same time, we are not complacent about the challenges faced by the poor today and know that we still have much to do to contribute to poverty reduction in poor communities in Ghana.


On a more personal note, I want to thank all our staff, volunteers and supporters for their commitment and hard work. Many FARIAD staff and volunteers work in difficult and often dangerous circumstances to make a difference for the deprived and their families.We carry on our vital work in Ghana, while continuing to keep our staff and volunteers as safe as possible, because poor people can’t wait.


Despite the financial turmoil in the world's markets with severe knock-on effects for the economies of both developed and developing countries, we continue to operate, FARIAD is confident that it will continue to expand, fulfilling its role as one of the key international human centered  organization working to improve lives particularly among women and children in Africa.


Thanks a lot for your generous support


Joseph Martey Agbeko

Executive Director & President




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