The program focuses to promoting the welfare of vulnerable and needy children in Ghana. Due to severe poverty, neglect and abuse, many children have the only option of abandoning their homes to live on the streets or forced into child labour and trafficking. This issue and others are the most occurrences captured in the print media and also reported on other media landscape like radio, television etc. In fact, these children live on the streets and under harsh conditions.
The project aims to provide an opportunity for these needy children to live and learn under one roof until they are adopted or placed with family members who can take better care of them.
In general, most of the orphanages in Ghana are resourced poorly, under staffed, and facing lots of problems. The orphanage we've currently adopted as partner needs extra pairs of hands to help with the day-to-day running of its annual programs. Some of the program highlights at the orphanage includes cleaning, cooking, creating activities for the kids in terms of workshops for cultural exchange, art & handicraft, and serving food to the children. Volunteers are also required to provide some basic English education to the children, and organize sports lessons and assist the staff in counseling the children.
The rewards from this volunteer project are endless. You can spread happiness and also receive it from the laughter of the young people you are helping. You will be required to be creative, independent and not afraid to use your own initiative. You are given a lot of freedom and flexibility to do what you see fit for the benefit of the orphans. A typical schedule for a week in the days of these kids would be to go to school in the day times until about 3PM. Following this is the time when it is most useful to play games, watch movies, cook, clean and review over learned concepts/homework. This is a little insight on what the schedule for weekdays may look like. The most important facet to the program is to interact.
"Giving hope to the hopeless and a sense of care to some of these kids could change their lives forever".