The Centre for Rural Improvement Services (CRIS) is a non-governmental, a nonpolitical and non-profit organization formed in 1998 in Damongo, West Gonja District, Ghana. CRIS was established in order to improve the living standards of poor, marginalized and disadvantaged segments of society living in West Gonja, one of the Ghana’s most poverty stricken of districts.In its early years, CRIS helped regional communities secure potable water sources and trained local women in water administration and management. CRIS also provided households with inside latrines and led community sanitation and trash clean-up campaigns. In addition, CRIS assisted in the formation of women farming groups and the formation women-led savings and loan associations.In May 2003, CRIS was officially registered with the Department of Registrar General Ghana and incorporated as a non-profit organization with registration number: CG076022017 and with the Department of Social Welfare registration number: DSW 2369. Since then, it has continued to provide critical services to impoverished communities across Ghana’s Northern Region. Presently, CRIS’s services fall into four thematic areas: health, education, democratic governance and human rights, and sustainable livelihoods. Brief description of CRIS and legal status The Centre for Rural Improvement Services (CRIS) is a Non-Governmental, Non-profit and Non-Partisan organisation, committed to the promotion of quality life for the poor & marginalized in society particularly women, children and physically challenged. Our head office is at Damongo, the district capital of West Gonja in the Northern Region of Ghana with a sub office at Sawla, Buipe and Daboya. CRIS’s programmes focus on Education, Health, Democratic Governance, Agriculture and food security, WASH, Livelihood and Environmental protection with Village Savings Loans & credit (VSLAs) as cross cutting intervention. CRIS is registered with the Registrar General’s Department with registration number: CG076022017 and with the Department of Social Welfare with registration number: DSW 2369.