About us

 

Who we are

 

We are an association founded by Ghanaian people living in Catalonia to improve the opportunities  of migrant people in Catalonia, as well as to improve opportunities of rural communities in the Savannah Region of Ghana. We also work weaving intercultural networks that help break down stereotypes about migration and promote a more humane society. 

Since we started this project in 2007, we have overcome many obstacles and have collectively learned a lot about how to accompany, care for, and work together for a fairer world, where migrating is a right at everyone’s reach. Today, we continue to learn and work for the right to migrate and for social-environmental glocal justice, thanks to the active and thoughtful participation of Ghanaian people, Catalan people as well as from all over the world who collaborate in our programs.

 

What we do

 

In the town of Sawla, located in the Savannah Region in the north of Ghana, we offer educational programs to primary school children who are at risk of social exclusion. We also cultivate the land with local seeds in order to provide educational and employment opportunities to the community according to their needs. Each year, numerous young women and men migrate from rural towns akin to Sawla, to big cities, or to Europe for a lack of promising opportunities in the village. The reasons why people decide to migrate are numerous, diverse and complex. Yet, different local testimonies have stated that the implementation of local projects that would improve the quality of life and possibilities in rural areas constituting a promising alternative to migration, in many cases. In the district of Sawla, CEHDA works with the community to develop local projects that improve people’s quality of life in a sustainable way, and in line with local traditions.

In Catalonia, we carry out projects to accompany, care for, host and train migrant youth, mostly from the African continent, who have arrived to Spanish coasts undocumented, according to state laws. According to state laws, undocumented migrants must be uninterruptedly registered as residents during three years before they can search for a job offer that allows them to have an official residency card and a work permit. It is during this period of time when CEHDA provides resources to support migrant youth at different levels (personal, social, educational and professional) so as to help them take root here, improve their sense of belonging to the territory, build a resilient network, and boost their chances of finding a job in the agricultural sector as eco-farmers or in other sectors, after the three-year period. We also carry out outreach activities to raise awareness about human rights’ violations that migrant people suffer along the way and upon arrival to Spanish shores.

 

How we do it

 

In Ghana, we work with a team of local people with experience in education, such as teachers and school principals as well as with local farmers and youth interested in agriculture. We have a multipurpose space for educational programs and a farm of about eight hectares on the outskirts of the village of Sawla.

In Catalonia we work with a diverse team of people who are professionally or voluntarily linked to our projects. In addition, we collaborate with specialized institutions that support among others, the permaculture farming trainings and encourage self-employment through the cultivation and distribution of organic produce. We have two houses,  provided by individual citizens, that host a group of migrant people who are at risk of exclusion – and currently are mostly from the african continent – that partake in our programs.

 

Transparency

 

How are we organized?

Our board
  • President: Naima Salrà Camps:
  • Secretary: Mohammed Ibrahim
  • Treasurer: Maria Casanovas Jansà
  • Chairperson: Ana Elia Ramón Hidalgo
  • Chairperson: Marta Gallego Garcés
  • Chairperson: Rashid Abubakar Iddrisu
Statutes
How we have financed ourselves in 2019
  • Individual donor partners sales 14.2%
  • Private institutions (Foundations, etc.)  37.98%
  • Public institution 47.60%
Financial reports 2019

 

 

 

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Annual Report CEHDA

 

 Annual Report CEHDA 2019 (in catalan)

  Annual Report CEHDA 2018 (in catalan)

Send us an email to consult previous anual reviews.

 

 

 

 

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