Who We Are
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 reduce dependence on and waiting on government for projects and minor facilities
A Charity Dedicated To working with Traditional Communities in the Villages and Rural Area in a bid help Create Dynamic, Progressive, Sustainable and Vibrant Rural Communities through Affordable and Do-able Self-help Projects.
The Domains We Operate
To ascertain accessible and affordable healthcare in all communities.
To improve productivity of farmers and fishing, and set up primary processing facilities.
To improve the economy and raise the living standards within communities.
Most rural folk view national Government as an alien and despised entity that is objectively absent from their day to day life issues.
National government institutions are borrowed from foreign cultures with an underlying philosophy that is diametrically opposed to local traditional culture.
Whereas the basic philosophy traditional institutions is that of community cooperation for community benefit, the philosophy underlying government institutions is, primarily, that of individual effort and benefit before community considerations.
Furthermore, many of the institutions or arms of “modern” national government are limited in their reach and effectiveness to the urban and some peri-urban areas.
This limited reach and effectiveness of government in the villages and rural communities is evidenced by the absence of public institutions such as the Police Stations, Courts of law and hospitals as well as other government agencies and departments including agriculture, fisheries, social welfare, education, gender and children, planning, etc.
All these necessary and crucial functions are carried out in the communities by traditional Chiefs and their elders, “chiefs” of trade associations such as fishermen, market queens, weavers and herbalists. Local opinion leaders, local youth and women’s associations amongst others are crucial in managing, initiating and implementing development programs in the communities.
For instance, local disputes, and similar social issues are dealt with in traditional courts using customary law under the oversight of the Chief and his council of elders. The primary principles underlying most customary law are restitution and reconciliation, unlike the Eurocentric view of justice, which are adversarial and punitive. Also, in emergencies Asafo companies or local youth groups may be mobilized for security purposes such as search parties, etc.
All these are pointers to a traditional system of governance that has developed over thousands of years, and are very beneficial vehicles for managing development in rural communities if well harnessed.
Unfortunately, the authority of traditional rulers and institutions have been significantly eroded by the 1992 Constitution because it failed to give the necessary recognition and formal legal backing to many of the things they do. For instance, the authorities of a Chief to sit in a traditional court, use customary law and be able to enforce its decisions are not spelt out in the Constitution.
This state of affairs has resulted in the withering of the influence and power of traditional authorities in their communities as they are no legal basis for enforcing the rule of law and the organization of the communities.
All these are pointers to a traditional system of governance that has existed for many years and worked for the people and could be very beneficial vehicles for development in rural communities if well harnessed.
Unfortunately, the authority of traditional rulers and institutions was significantly eroded by the 1992 Constitution when it failed to give the necessary recognition and formal legal backing to many of the things they do. For instance, the authorities of a Chief to sit in a traditional court, use customary law and be able to enforce its decisions are not spelt out in the Constitution.
This state of affairs has resulted in the withering of the power of traditional authorities in their communities as they have no legal basis for enforcing the rule of law and the organization of the communities.
We R uS is a program designed for, and focused on partnering, discussing, empowering and working with the traditional authorities, led by the Chieftaincy institution, to take charge of their own planning and developmental issues on the basis of their own unique cultural understanding.
The remit of We R uS also includes advocacy for the traditional authorities in the crafting of national laws, policies and programs to ensure that they are of benefit to their communities and take into account the philosophies of life that have guided their societies over a long period of time.
For instance, in the case of land ownership and land management, advocacy may be along the lines that the basic philosophy in almost all communities in the country is that the ultimate owner of the land is the community including the ancestors and those yet to be born and that this principle must be factored in all land transactions and duly recognized by law.