BRIEF HISTORY OF CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT (CeFORCE)

The origin of the Centre can be traced back to an intensive research by the Grace Baptist church in the early 1990’s for a more effective way of ministering practically and holistically to the needs of its members and the community at large. The centre finally came to established in the form of a demonstration project submitted by the Director of the Centre, Rev. Dr. Kojo Osei-Wusuh, to the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) in partial fulfillment of the requirements for his doctoral degree.

Its working objective is to be awareness and guidance for the self development of individual persons in the community in meeting their economic and socio-political needs.

The concept of the Centre within the vision of the Director was translated into its present concrete and practical form through the foundational and collaborative works of two committees. The committees which considered of both former Grace Baptist Church members resident in New York and in Kumasi respectively. The committee in the church here was chaired by Deacon Ben Oppong now a revered minister of the church.

The basic philosophy underlying its establishment is the desire to retain through the Centre the advantages of communal-care inherent in the collapsing Ghanaian traditional community within which everyone was taken care of. Theologically its mission is based on the theme of the new community in Christ (Acts 2:42-47), seeking to be each other’s keeper in community care.

The Centre was officially open on 19th April 1997 by the then minister of Education, Dr. Mrs. Christian Amoako Nuamah. Since its inception the Centre has ministered practically to various needs of the people within the Kumasi community and beyond through multiplicity of programmes and activities which include: career counselling, vocational guidance and skills acquisition; business and entrepreneurial training, career fair, workshops and seminars on all kinds of subjects including HIV/AIDS, Human-rights, Gender and spousal abuse, as well as the granting of soft loans to trainees for start-up businesses.

Throughout the period that it has been in existence, the Centre through these activities has served over 25,563 people in both physical and social needs with 14,359 directly receiving training on various skills and vocation from the centre free of charge. On top of these, the centre out of its meager financial resources has granted over forty six thousand  Ghana cedis (GH¢46,000) in small soft loans to about 200 out of those trained to start up their own businesses.

The Centre has been registered under an N.G.O of Grace Fellowship Incorporated (GRAFI)

The GRAFI has the supervisory responsibilities over CeFORCE

The management committee of CeFORCE is:

Mr. Samuel Tetteh Debrah – Pharmacist

Mrs. Zipporah Appiah-Kubi – Bio-Chemist

Mrs. Victoria Degraft-Adjei – Counselor

Mr. Kwabena Oppong – Banker

Mr. Kwaku Domfeh – Security Officer

Mr. Emmanuel Atta Osei – Businessman

Dr. Kingsley Osei-Kwakye – Medical Doctor

Mr. Alex Obeng- Administrator–

RECORDS OF BENEFICIARIES OF CeFORCE FROM THE YEAR 1997 -2013

YEAR

No. OF PEOPLE REACHED

No. OF PEOPLE THAT RECIVED DIRECT TRAINING

No. OF PEOPLE GRANTED SOFT LOAN

No. OF PEOPLE COUNSELLED

No. OF PEOPLE RECEIVED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

1997

400

100

293

7

1998

300

60

235

5

1999

502

40

20

437

5

2000

600

50

30

510

10

2001

700

38

662

2002

900

55

30

803

12

2003

850

100

30

705

15

2004

1,200

280

45

855

20

2005

1174

1000

128

46

2006

3750

2704

987

59

2007

4116

2775

105

1107

129

2008

2351

1322

95

831

103

2009

2450

1576

250

476

148

2010

2094

1522

200

300

72

2011

1959

1438

500

21

2012

1500

906

519

75

2013

557 (as at 31ST May 2013)

304

216

37

TOTAL

25,403

14,270

805

9,564

764