Methodist Development and Relief Services, Ghana

Contact: Rev. Joseph Donkoh (Coordinator)
Focus: Agriculture and livelihoods

The Methodist Church Ghana serves its communities through a variety of ministries including MDRS. The current partnership between MDRS and WDR began in 2011 amongst the Ekumfi people on the south coast. Local people had traditionally relied heavily upon the forests for resources in terms of food and building materials. However, the forests are much depleted and a recent virus has largely destroyed the coconut trees. Alternative livelihoods were needed. Two fast-growing trees were planted by five communities. Cassia can be grown for charcoal production and Leucinia can be used as fodder. Charcoal is the fuel used by the majority of Ghanaians for cooking and excess can be taken to market. Producing one’s own fodder allows farmers to make the jump from crops to small ruminant husbandry e.g. goats. The programme is now diversifying with the possibility of growing new crops such as pineapple and peppers. More efficient cookers are being introduced locally and also some form of cooperative approach to charcoal production. New resistant coconut species are also being introduced.

In April 2016, a WDR media team visited Joseph, the MDRS volunteers and beneficiaries. 

PRAY

Creator God,
We praise you for the work of MRDS in Ghana and for the transforming impact it is having on local families and communities. Thank you God that for Joseph and Grace who work with these local farmers to guide, advise and encourage them in their work. You are a faithful God who provides and we ask that you will continue to bring everything that is needed to this work. We pray for the farmers who work long, hard days in the heat and ask that you will keep them strong and healthy so that they can continue to engage with the woodlot projects. God we pray your blessing over other MRDS projects including water and health activities. In your name,
Amen.