Community Aid for Rural Development (CARD) was created in January, 2008 and registered under the Ghana’s Companies Code as a non-profit making corporate organization limited by guarantee. CARD has an aim of empowering the vulnerable (women, children and persons with disabilities), by fighting the ever-increasing rate of HIV/AIDS, falling standard of education, low awareness on basic human rights, poor sanitation and unhygienic conditions as well as the upsurge of poverty evident within communities in the Northern sector in particular and Ghana as whole. The aid programme has a focused of empowering and making those marginalized especially women, children and persons with disabilities agents of their own development. This we believed will accelerate and ensure speedy and sustainable reduction of acute poverty ensure the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals of reducing extreme hunger and malnutrition, access to primary education and health care, gender equity, promotion of democratic rights and eradication of HIV/AIDS, inter alia, by 2015. Hence, we are requesting to forming partnerships and collaborations with Decentralized agencies and departments as well as NGOs in implementation of our programmes, projects and activities.



Our Vision: Seeing a Ghana where every human being enjoys the right to live a decent and prosperous life.

Our Mission: To work in partnership with NGOs and other organizations to ensure a sustainable increase in the welfare of women, children and persons with disabilities through efficient resource allocation to reduce acute poverty and restore dignity among all.


Core Values and Principles

We shall uphold the following Values and Principles, which shall inform all our strategies, programs and activities:           

  • Team Spirit and Participatory approaches to development 
  • Gender Sensitivity, Youth and disable Friendliness and effective community participation
  • Transparency and truthfulness , Integrity  and Accountability
  • Effective and Strategic Partnership and Alliance


     A: Educational Empowerment

           Program/Activity Areas          

  • Empower individuals (brilliant but needy students) through scholarships for higher education.
  • Whip-up the interest and sentiments of students and parents on education.
  • Offer computer literacy training to enhance teachers and students opportunities in the global world of Information Communication Technology
  • Assist and support students with educational materials such as stationery, uniforms, desks, infrastructure among others.

      B: Gender Sensitivity and Mainstreaming

            Program/Activity Areas         

  • To implement gender sensitivity programs to promote gender equity and equality in all spheres of social endeavors.
  • To promote effective women participation in decision-making in structures of democracy.
  • To raise awareness and sensitize communities on the conventions, protocols and ratifications that Ghana is a signatory to, which concerns gender sensitivity and mainstreaming.

     C: Child Rights Advocacy and Protection

           Program/Activity Areas          

  • Promote the rights of children to participate in decision-making.
  • To protect children against child abuse such as child labour and child trafficking.
  • To raise awareness and sensitize communities on the conventions, protocols and ratifications that Ghana is a signatory to, which concerns child rights issues.
  • To ensure that all children of school going age are enrolled and retained in schools.

D: Peoples Living with Disability

           Program/Activity Areas          

  • Bring together and empower all persons with disabilities against social exclusion.
  • To support and assist disabled people to participate as equal members of their families, communities, and societies.
  • Advocate strongly for the rehabilitation of PLWD and those who are mentally challenged.
  • To advocate for the passage and implementation of the Disability and Mental Health bills.

      E: HIV & AIDS and Access to Primary Health Care

           Program/Activity Areas          

  • Actively participate in the global fight against HIV/AIDS by;
    • Facilitating and supporting the diffusion of information about the persistent increase of the disease and emphasize on preventive measures, behavioral change, reproductive health education among others.
    • Reaching out to HIV-infected and affected widows and orphans and encourage as many people as possible to take the Voluntary Test and Counseling.
  • To increase access to care, support and treatment for People Living with HIV&AIDS.
  • To reduce significantly the social, religious, cultural, economic and political barriers that makes people more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
  • Promote women and children access to primary health care including Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, maternal and child health, and prevention of malaria, TB, Hypathesis, Breast cancer among others.

    F: Food Security, Environmental Protection and Climate Change

        Program/Activity Areas

  • To promote sustainable dry season farming and animal rearing as an income-generating systems and for food security in rural communities.
  • To actively participate in mobilizing rural women for the collection, processing and marketing of sheanuts.
  • To work vigorously and in partnership towards climate change resilience and vulnerability reduction
  • Work with and assist small holder agricultural farmers in rural communities to increase production and household incomes.
  • To adopt and implement the Village Savings and Loans Model as means of enhancing access to micro-credit/small loans for rural women.
  • To ensure sustainable environmental conservation and protection.

  G: Water, Sanitation And Hygiene

            Programs/Activity Areas

  • To intensified support for and access to clean and good drinking water for rural communities in an effort to reducing the risk of Guinea worm and other water borne infestations.
  • To ensure that most deprived communities gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.
  • Implement a holistic community and school led total sanitation and hygiene program to improve the lives of rural people.

H: Institutional Sustainability

           Program/Activity Areas

  • To expand the funding and resource mobilization base of CARD, to enable it meet management, coordination and operation costs.
  • To increase the capacity of staff to enable them meet emerging development challenges in communities in particular and the country as a whole.
  • To strengthen the capacity of CBOs, women-based groups, youth groups, farmers etc to be able to perform effectively in communities.

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