Ghana’s official statistics on youth unemployment paint a complex picture showing 68% of the youth population (15-35) as employed, 5% unemployed and 27% inactive, but mask the fact that a third of those in work are contributing family workers and may not actually earn additional income. Independent estimates (e.g. the ILO, used by the World Bank) further complicate the picture by stating that 49% of young men (15-24) and 3% of young women (15-24) are unemployed.
Pro Link is a non-profit organization established in 1993 by Dr Bernice Heloo who wished to make grass roots communities the authors of their own development. Pro Link’s mission is to empower disadvantaged populations, especially women and girls, to uphold their human rights and improve their lives. Its work has seven thematic areas, but mostly focuses on health issues and particularly HIV/AIDS and economic empowerment for key populations (marginalised groups including sex workers, men who have sex with men and people living with HIV), especially women and youth. Pro Link has seven offices in five regions which include its headquarters in Accra.
EMpower’s 1st grant to Pro-Link trains 60 young people (18-24) in computer literacy, help them create livelihood opportunities through training in hardware repair (computers, ipads, phones), and help establish a center owned and managed by the youth group, and run as a cooperative where youth will be able to offer their services to the community
Primary Location: Accra
Funded Since: 2002
Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.