Meet We R us a charity organization changing the lives of Ghanaians.

  1. We R uS

The basic idea behind the WeRuS non-profit organization is to work with and empower Ghanaian traditional villages and communities to plan, organize and undertake self-help and doable community projects to improve their communities and thus to stop dependence on and waiting for government for their development.
We find that national Government is not only an alien and despised entity within the traditional communities, but is objectively absent in terms of their day to day living issues basically because it is practices and pursues a foreign culture that has no bearing nor relevance with local traditional culture. This absence of government is evidenced through the absence of Police Stations, Courts of law, Social Services, Government offices, Agriculture and fisheries, Education and planning for the future. All these necessary and crucial functions are carried out in the communities by the traditional Chiefs and elders. Local disputes, customary courts and all others functions are performed at the Chiefs Courtyards, and are based on local customary law which is conciliatory by nature, whereas government practices orthodox European inspired adversarial law. We find further that the national constitution legally disenfranchises the traditional Chiefs and elders and thus disempowers them from active participation in Regional, district and village level legal governance. This state of affairs has resulted in the withering of rural and village communities as they have no legal basis for enforcing the rule of law and the organization of the communities and legally binding control by the legitimate traditional power structures. This has rendered them powerless and impotent for all intents and purpose to the extent that they have no system for local developmental planning and projects.
We R uS is a program designed and focused on partnering, discussing, empowering and working with the local Traditional authorities, a.k.a, the Chieftaincy to take charge of their own planning and developmental issues. The remit of We R uS also includes the canvassing and influencing the crafting of national laws and rules (The Constitution) that inure to their interest of, and is in tandem with the traditional philosophy of basic land

ownership and land management that protect the interest of the traditional communities to preserve and protect the value and ultimate ownership of land to ensure that all landed property remains in the control of future generations as per the traditional norms. In the medium and long term we plan to work with the traditional authorities to reclaim the legitimate power of local administration within the national constitution, and thus to have a proper legal basis to undertake their traditional and legitimate governance roles.
The purpoe of WeRuS is to partner with the village traditional authorities to plan, organize and execute simple affordable and do-able appropriate community projects through communal efforts, and to own, run and maintain these facilities and projects. Our initial project is to set up a Traditional Health Post (THP) in every village which will cater to the basic and common health needs of the community. We are looking at basic health issues like malaria, wounds and injuries, and pre and post-natal care for mothers, plus other local health issues e.g. River Blindness, Worm Infestation etc. Other local health issues can be added as necessary. All other major and complicated health issues can be referred to the District and Regional Hospitals. The THPs will be run by a local woman with traditional nursing experience who will be given a basic training in the selected health issues as well as the taking and recording of the vitals and consultation notes of the patients. This is also to ensure familiarity and real communications between the patients and the health facility. WeRuS is designing a basic (THP) building made from affordable and available local materials that the community itself relies on for their basic accommodation, including mud earth bag buildings, bamboo and straw roofing. The treatment will be based on Traditional Healing and traditional herbal medication that has the approval of the FDA and the Traditional Herbal Medicine Research Institute. We shall also, together with the traditional authorities ensure the registration of the citizens in each community with the NHIS, which would cater to the costs of consultation and medication. This would be the basic source of income for the running of the THP. We are still working out details about the THPs in consultation with the Chiefs and people to ensure that they own these facilities and run them sustainably and successfully. The success of this first project would serve as an exemplifier to empower the Traditional Authorities and boost their confidence to undertake many follow up projects by way of taking control of their own lives and communities.
WeRuS is a Charitable organization created by a group of prominent and well-meaning concerned Ghanaians in and out of Ghana who believe that the way forward for Ghana is by empowering the people through the traditional culture that they know and believe in, as a way of mobilizing the entire population towards the development of the communities, as opposed to the current paradigm of using European governance systems that has created a divide and disconnect which has failed the people miserably. It is a Sankofa concept that believes in tapping into the traditional heritage of the people to create an inclusiveness of traditional Ghanaian communities to take responsibility for their own affairs and community growth and development.
There is already in existence a traditional system of governance that controls and runs affairs in the rural areas. We believe that the key to the development of the country, and the solution to the problem of urban migration is through rural development based on traditional governance. In developing the rural areas we also seek to ascertain the healthcare of the communities and improve the productivity of the farmers and fisher folk to ensure the availability of abundant and affordable local food, improve the economy and raise the living standards and lifestyle of the general population. If we can raise the standard of living in th

villages the cumulative effect on the country would be phenomenal. However, this can most easily be done through the traditional system that already exists in the rural areas and definitely not through the Government system which is far more focused on the urban elite and big business even in agriculture and fisheries which impoverishes the ordinary people by usurping their lands and using them as wage labor. We are not opposed to big business, but we believe in thriving, happy, prosperous and contented citizens.
This is our flagship program. We believe in holistic, healthy and strong local communities. We believe in the right of access of everybody to accessible, effective, and free healthcare. A healthy and hearty people are the basis for the development of our communities. Our agenda calls for the setting up of a THP in every village, so that nobody is more than 3 to 5 miles from a health facility. Whereas Government is waiting for resources to set up health clinics in the country, we believe and plan to set up a THP in every rural

community using locally available building materials, just as the locals use in building their homes. We are talking about Adobe Mud, Earth, Bamboo and Straw buildings. The point is that when people are healed they go back to their mud homes and houses. Therefore there is no reason why their health issues cannot be attended in mud earth buildings. These building materials are available in abundance, affordable, and within the expertise of the local people. However, we are using modern research and trained architects to design hygienic and comfortable buildings that will transfer to the local house building culture. We have already got a design of the internal outlay and drawings of the THPs. We are still working of a durable floor design for ease of hygienic cleanliness, renewable energy sources and waste disposal systems that are eco-friendly. We believe that each Health Post building, including the building materials and essential fittings should not exceed Twenty Thousand Ghana Cedis.


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