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About YHFG

Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG) was first envisioned by John Kingsley Krugu, whose own youthful upbringing was beset with numerous challenges. Based on his personal difficult experiences, he thought of a youth organization that will work to support marginalized young people to access education and training that will make them contribute meaningfully to society.

When John Krugu finished his bachelor’s studies at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi in May 2001, he wrote the concept of the YHFG on a piece of paper.

He discussed the idea with several friends who bought into it and the organization was formally registered in November 2002. The current founding directors of the organization are John Kingsley Krugu, Mercy Babacheweh, and Christopher Aluah Peter Yitah.

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@YHFG Goals & Objectives

With different project activities, our current focus is on working with community partners and youth groups


  • Gather evidence to advocate nationally for policies and resources that address young people’s rights to sexual and reproductive health, and continue to address controversial issues such as forced marriages, safe abortion, and harmful and coercive practices;
  • improve access to comprehensive services that are responsive to the rights and needs of young people and other vulnerable groups;
  • address socio-cultural and economic barriers using rights-based approaches, and tackle issues outside the health sector, especially skills training to provide economic empowerment and market access for income generation.
  • support research, monitoring, and evaluation and apply knowledge and lessons learned in policy advocacy.


  • To support and promote the sexual and reproductive health of young people by providing evidence-based interventions and supporting rights-based advocacy activities
  • To support and promote skills development in young people, with a focus on entrepreneurship, employability, and social skills towards addressing youth unemployment.
  • To empower marginalized actors in agri-business value chains to take advantage of potential opportunities to improve market conditions for everyone and reduce poverty on a large scale

Our Organisation

The YHFG is a youth-focused Non-Governmental Organization that is also non-partisan and with no religious affiliation. The Foundation was founded in 2002 with a head office based in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana.

The guiding belief is that helping the deprived youth of the north of Ghana to conserve and develop their physical and mental strength through education, entrepreneurial training, and improved living conditions is the right way to ensure their viability in society and fight poverty.


Support and empower young people to achieve their full potential:

  • in their personal life,
  • professional development,
  • as active advocates of the rights of young people,
  • and contribute to a sustainable environment.


YHFG exists to enable self-reliant youth, to live in a more equal, healthy, and prosperous society.


Our Governance Structure

The YHFG is governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees (BOT) who oversees the policy direction of the organisation and takes oversight responsibilities for managerial decisions.

The secretariat that implements the programs of the foundation is headed by an Executive Director who is the eighth non-voting member of the BOT

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Our Programmes

Since 2003, the YHFG has been working in the area of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. The first project, “Healthy Sexual Life Campaign” which ended in 2005 also revealed that a lot more needed to be done in SRHR.

Demand for sexual and reproductive health services and commodities continued to grow in an environment with too few health workers, particularly in the poorest areas.

An evaluation report also indicated that we could make more use of opportunities to integrate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in ways that respond better to young people’s needs. Subsequently, youth clubs were established in Senior High Schools and the clubs remained an important contact to in-school youth up to date.

  • Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights – SRHR knowledge and skills education, and advocacy
  • Life and Entrepreneurial skills development towards self-reliance – formal education and life skills training
  • Agribusiness development, with a particular focus on market access
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