Tumakavi Development Association started in 1983 in Moglaa, a rural community in the Savelugu municipality of northern region, Ghana.
The formation of the Tumakavi women’s group became necessary as a result of draught in 1983. The severity of the draught, which led to food scarcity, high cost of food and acute water shortage greatly impacted negatively on communities and families. Nutrition and hygiene a basic ingredient for health and wellbeing was harshly compromised.
A public health nurse who was working in the area, solicited for funding from MATCH, Canada. This intervention enabled women in the community to break new grounds by acquiring farmlands and cultivated groundnuts, through the Canadian University Students Organization, they also acquired a grinding mill which they operated by themselves. The women in the community set out of the traditional norms of owning farms and operating a corn mill, both activities a usual realm action of men in the community. With this intervention, women in the community gained confidence to become active participants in their families and community.
The impact and the lessons learnt from this one community intervention, propelled the growth of Tumakavi to a Development Community based NGO now working in six districts in northern Ghana.
In 1996, Tumakavi came into partnership with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (now Children Believe) this partnership brought to birth a number of community development interventions in children sponsorship, education health and nutrition, water and sanitation, micro enterprise.
Tumakavi has also partnered with a number of International organization in the quest to work with communities and families to improve on the wellbeing.