AfriKids believe that children are nearly always best off at home, being raised by relatives, and kept away from institutional care. That is why the children we help are supported to stay in or return to their family homes. However, for some children residential care is required.
This project is on going with various time limited projects within.
In northern Ghana there are many children in need of support because their families are unable to care for them. With child labour, child trafficking, extreme poverty and the spirit child phenomenon still prevalent, our work focuses on supporting displaced children to ensure that their rights are respected.
AfriKids has established four child rights centres in northern Ghana which have the capacity for residential care; the Next Generation Home, Mama Laadi’s Foster Home both in Bolgatanga, the Angus Child Rights Centre in Sirigu and the Operation Smiles centre in Nakuaabi. With the exception of Mama Laadi’s Foster Home where the most vulnerable children are cared for from birth to adulthood, the centres are transitional. Where possible we always aim to work with families to resettle children.
To provide care for vulnerable children and support families to care for their children
Activities» Provide care and cater for the needs of suspected spirit children and orphans at risk of death including offering parenting classes
» Run a street child centre that provides long term residence and a drop in centre for children to ensure each child’s needs are met
» Operate a foster home for children who would otherwise have no one to care for them
» Fieldworkers will visit resettled children and families to monitor their situations
This is an ongoing project. AfriKids collects both qualitative and quantitative data to record progress and our successes.
By caring for children who for whatever reason cannot live with family members we are ensuring that each child has the opportunity to thrive and enjoy their childhood. In the long term we hope that by nurturing and caring for some of Ghana’s most vulnerable children they will go on to have a bright future. Our successes are already being demonstrated in the eradication of the spirit child phenomenon in the Upper East Region, Ghana and by successfully resettling children with their families.
Life in Upper East Ghana is fragile so children’s rights are always at risk. Unforeseen circumstances economically, socially and environmentally can be devastating for a child and the entire family. Situations such as illness or death within a family or a flood can destroy the balance. So, AfriKids have a flexible approach to planning budgets so that we can respond to changing needs and to ensure that our support is directed to those who need it most at the time.
friKids’ donors receive regular and detailed feedback on how their donations are spent to demonstrate the impact it has had. We also produce a monthly newsletter detailing forthcoming activities, an annual report and welcome visits to Ghana.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,500 Food Provisions For example the provision of food for 1 year for 35 children in foster care £1,000 Residential Care For example for the basic needs of children in residential care and at drop in centre £1,400 Home Based Care For example to provide home based care for malnourished children £5,100 Maintenance For example the maintenance and upkeep of residential homes
AfriKids work in the Upper East Region (UER) because statistically 70% of the people live in extreme poverty compared to 11% in Accra. WE have committed to investing time and resources into making real fundamental change to the society and economy of one region. Whilst Ghana has shown itself to the international community as a shining light in Africa, the UER is significantly lagging behind in comparison to southern regions.
Our focus is to work with children who are extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged because of issues such as extreme poverty and harmful cultural beliefs. We work with their families and communities to ensure that the care and support we provide is long lasting.
Our work is genuine development from the grass roots up. We adopt a holistic approach in supporting each child which means we also work with their families to tackle the root causes of suffering. Most importantly we listen to the communities and empower them to deliver change; they truly understand the complex issues in their communities. In the words of Cletus Anaaya, Head of Core Projects, AfriKids Ghana-“AfriKids are the people, the people are AfriKids”.
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100% of project staff are Ghanaians; our projects are locally owned by people that live and work in their communities and know the solutions.