UNAIDS partners with HFFG to improve the socio-economic status of young people and women


Hope for Future Generations (HFFG), a non-governmental organization in Ghana, started a project to improve the socio-economic status of youth and women.

The project, which aims to create businesses for the target group, is undertaken with the support of the UNAIDS Solidarity Fund.

Speaking at the launch in Accra on Tuesday, project coordinator Catherine Bentum-Williams said the initiative is being piloted in five countries, including Brazil and Madagascar.

“Due to COVID, we have realized that many young people and women are struggling to cope financially. Therefore, UNAIDS has created the solidarity fund so that businesses can be established for these people to support themselves,” he said.

“We are doing this so that even without COVID these people can survive. We are piloting this project in Ghana, India, Brazil, Uganda and Madagascar,” Ms. Bentum-Williams added.

She also indicated that the project will be scaled up in January.

So far, seven people have benefited from the project. Three are involved in fashion design and four have ventured into farming. These people mobilized others to join them in their respective ventures.

UNAIDS partners with HFFG to improve the socio-economic status of young people and women

The Executive Director of Hope for Future Generations, Ms. Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo, assured the beneficiaries of continued support.

“The support we give them takes the form of encouragement. We provide a lot of technical support. We cannot put a figure on the in-kind support we provide to them, but the project resources amount to approximately $24,000 in cash support from UNAIDS,” she said.

She added that the organization is determined to keep the project running for at least ten years.

“It’s a journey for Hope for Future Generations. We hope this will continue so that many more young people benefit, especially women. This is part of our strategic plan,” added Cecilia Lodonu-Senoo.

Meanwhile, UNAIDS Country Director Angela Trenton-Mbonde explained that her team is spearheading the project because the socio-economic status of people living with HIV is also affected by the pandemic.

“People living with HIV are also people affected by COVID. They need access to resources. If they are also involved in this project, it would help. It is also members of the community who would benefit,” she said.

While emphasizing that UNAIDS is not a funder, Trenton-Mbonde said they are committed to raising funds to ensure the continuity of the project.

“Funding is never really a problem. All you need is a successful initiative. UNAIDS is not a funder, but UNAIDS has a great capacity to leverage and fundraise. When you show the success of what you started, you know you would get the funding,” she suggested.

Some of the beneficiaries present at the launch expressed their gratitude to UNAIDS and Hope for Future Generations for the initiative.

They called for more support to enable them to employ more people in their respective businesses.

UNAIDS partners with HFFG to improve the socio-economic status of young people and women

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