‘Giving Back to Ghana’ – Committed to a Better Future

In addition to conducting an ethical business policy, sourcing materials, expertise and staff locally where possible, respecting local sensitivities and needs through engagement and inclusivity, NMSI is committed to supporting the development of the countries and communities in which we work. Reflective of our ethos and our passions for sport, health-care and local economies we have developed a responsive and robust ‘give-back’ programme as part of our CSR strategy aimed at making a positive contribution to those areas we are working in.

Funding Priorities

HEALTH

We see good-health as a key driver of economic and social development and therefore support organisations offering vital health services, infrastructure and education to under-served communities in a variety of thematic areas.

SPORT

We are passionate about sport, and rugby in particular, targeting projects using sport as a tool for development. We are supporting the Ghanaian RFU in building the capacity of their national team and creating a home for Ghanaian rugby. We are also partnering with the UK’s Tag Rugby Trust to bring rugby into schools and communities in Ghana, in addition to leadership and key skills.

COMMUNITIES

Our commercial work in Ghana is in a number of communities – many of these are remote and dealing with social issues. We target a portion of our financial and technical assistance to community-based projects in geographical areas surrounding our work. We particularly support educational projects.

NMSI Partners & Projects

NEWS

Menstrual Health Programme – Update

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The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic in Ayenyah is progressing well.

The uptake of the programme within the community has continued to grow and there are now 83 women and girls who have been educated and trained in menstrual health and how to use the Ruby Menstrual Cup. The distribution of the Ruby cups started on the 9th January 2017, when the school re-opened after the festive break. Once distribution has been completed, the programme will be monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that the impact of introducing the Ruby Menstrual cups is understood.

The hope is that there will be improvements in both the girls and women’s health as well as seeing an improvement in the girl’s attendance at school.

NMSI Implement Continuing Professional Development Training Programme

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Lead contractor on this Built To Care Ghana project, NMSI prides itself on its Corporate Social Responsibility programme and are always committed in the upskilling and training of all partners it works with.

Adrian Crowley, NMSI Senior Commercial Manager, initiated a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for the construction management team within Genelec – Soland – NMSI. As part of the initiative, procurement officer Ms. Cynthia Afi Dzakah helped coordinate, implement and moderate the roll out of the CPD programme.

Starting back in June 2016 and running every Friday for 6 months up to the end of the year, the programme covered a variety of topics:
• Best Practices for Identification and
Support of Claims
• Negotiation of Construction Claims
• How to Process Change Orders
• Bonds
• Pricing Structures
• Differing Site Conditions
• CPM Schedule Review and Analysis – The Method
• Cost Analysis

The programme also allowed for the young construction professionals to learn the art of project management in terms of: bringing a project in on time, managing teams and stakeholders, and working within tight budgets and to a satisfactory standard of workmanship.

The delegates who attended found the training extremely useful and confirmed it has enhanced their skills. They would like to thank Adrian Crowley and the team for their long term commitment and ability to support such a positive activity.

Every Little Helps!

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During November 2016 – Environment360, a charity sponsored by NMSI, contacted our CSR Manager to request some support with a landscaping project in Labadi.

While in the process of completing their work and preferring to avoid spending any more money than necessary, Environement360 asked NMSI whether they could borrow eight shovels. It may have seemed like a small and odd request but one that NMS Infrastructure in Ghana were happy to support.

Environment360 have since confirmed their project has been a huge success, whilst NMSI are glad to have played a small part in that process.

NMSI Support the Children of Old Fadama, Agbogbloshi, Accra

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On the 21st November 2016, Charlie Fisher (NMSI’s ICT Manager) donated the first consignment of educational books, clothes and games to the children of Old Fadama, which had been collected
by his wife Hilary.

The district of Agbogbloshi, Accra, is one of the most deprived areas in Ghana and West Africa. It is located adjacent to an extremely polluted wet land and life is not easy for the people of this district. NMSI Ghana friend, Sister Eileen (Franciscan Missionaries) who is a retired teacher, works in the district teaching children, who due to economic circumstances do not get a chance to basic education.

Sister Eileen also helps a local missionary (Missionaries of Charity) who recently built a school and a health clinic in the area. NMSI thought on how they could best help Sister Eileen and the collection for the school was started.

It is hoped that this is the first of many donations for Sister Eileen to then pass onto the Children of Old Fadama, so for anyone based in the UK who would like to make a collection of school books, clothes or games, please contact Caroline Young on cy@nmsigrp.com and send all donations to the NMSI office in Poole (5 Winchester Place, North Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NX).

Thank you for your continued support.

NMSI, Soland and A Child Unheard Collaborate on Urgent Roof Repairs at ACU School

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During the months of October and November, NMSI enrolled Soland into one of our ‘Giving Back’ partners, A Child
Unheard, where they are now completing the urgent repair and renovation works to ACU’s school roof.

This project, partially financed by the funds raised by William Hsu (son of NMSI Deputy Chairman Fred Hsu) and friend Charlie Stevens from their epic 10,500 km cycle ride along the silk road for ACU, is a great milestone for Soland, as they gain their first, of what is hoped will be many, new contracts outside the ‘Built To Care Ghana’ district hospital programme.

This is phase 1 of the renovation programme at the school and sees the renovation of the kitchen, classroom and office block. This phase of works is well underway and is due to be completed by mid-November.

Richard Goodall, Director of Strategy – A Child Unheard Foundation, said “due to the condition of the roof at our school, we found ourselves in real need of a professional and compassionate construction partner. Thankfully we
found NMSI and Soland listened to our needs and they have exceeded our expectations. All of us at the A Child Unheard Foundation, the school and the children want to thank NMSI and their team for their fantastic help”.

Furthermore, Soland have employed labourers from the local Ayenyah community, in turn passing on and transferring long term skills to all those involved in the project.

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Menstrual Health Programme – Community Engagement and Training Begins at Ayenyah

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The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup has started to be implemented through the ACU school in Ayenyah, in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic.

On 21 October an engagement session was held with the Chief and Elders of the local community to introduce the benefits of using a menstrual cup. This session was an opportunity to introduce the Ruby menstrual cup, as well as incorporate some basic menstrual health education. Sister Gracelove, from the Ayenyah Community Health Clinic, led the session which resulted in full engagement and support for the programme.

The first training session was held on 24 October with the teachers of the ACU School and the community health nurses, who will become the support and contact personnel for the girls going forward.

Studies have shown that girls can miss up to 20% of their schooling because they stay at home during a menstrual cycle. This absenteeism can cause some girls to drop out of school entirely, so it is hoped that this programme will improve the girls’ health and understanding of their menstrual cycle, in turn helping improve school attendance.

In total 25 pupils at the school, 8 teachers, 3 nurses and 37 women from the community will receive education and
training. This training will cover an introduction to the Ruby menstrual cup, how to use it and keep it clean and
hygienic, as well as basic reproductive health education.

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