OSANKO Child Poverty Relief

Our mission is to create a safe and healthy transitional home for pregnant teenage girls in the poor environs of Gomoa East, most of who have been preyed upon by sexual predators due to extreme poverty. By providing them with pre-and postnatal care and programs that prepare them to continue with their education or vocational skills, we support them comprehensively to achive personal and financial independence, and with aftercare services after they leave Osanko House.

OSANKO Child Poverty Relief
P. O. BOX AN 8435
Accra-North
Accra, Gomoa East None
Ghana
011-233-244-443312
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Board of Directors

Olivia A Kpodoe, Jane A Kwapong, Patience Meteku, Marian E Nunoo

Mission

Our mission is to create a safe and healthy transitional home for pregnant teenage girls in the poor environs of Gomoa East, most of who have been preyed upon by sexual predators due to extreme poverty. By providing them with pre-and postnatal care and programs that prepare them to continue with their education or vocational skills, we support them comprehensively to achive personal and financial independence, and with aftercare services after they leave Osanko House.

Programs

Throughout the central region, the demographics of adolescent to teen girls who are being impregnated are getting younger and younger. A 10 year old is currently pregnant and she does not know who the father of her child is. She did not know that what the men were doing to her could result in pregnancy. Osanko is interested in establishing a group home that will provide comprehensive assistance including training in mothercare, sexual awareness. A family must have their basic need for safe shelter met before they can begin to deal with other significant challenges in their lives. However, providing housing alone does not improve one's chances for success, so OSANKO House will be the place where a combination of housing and supportive services will enable the pregnant teenage girls in the Nyanyano and environs of Gomoa East, to transition from children having children, into mothers determined to achieve education, vocational skills, and resources to step into womanhood. The word OSANKO means "woman" for the sele traditional people of the Volta Region. It is also commonly accepted in Ghana that a girl becomes a woman the minute she reaches puberty, in spite of her age. It is in this spirit that we will embrace the young mothers and their infant children and provide the helping hands needed to lift them out of poverty. OSANKO House will operate a highly successful transitional housing program for about 20 of the teenage pregnant girls, with plans to expand as soon as funding is available to do more. Located in Gomoa Nyanyano, OSANKO House will provide life skills training program for homeless teen parents, is one of the few places where teen parents can live and be supported while they acquire the education they need to be literate, and relevant skills to provide for their children. OSANKO residents will be provided a balance to education and life skills, with child-care, counselling, and steady encouragement for restoring their self worth and dignity, and strength for facing future challenges. We are one large stepping stone in the quest to move from a life of working poverty to self-sufficiency. OSANKO is committed to supporting the most vulnerable teenage girls by providing a group home as a safe haven for making a change for themselves and their unborn children. The mostly inexperienced girls between ages 10-19 who have fallen prey to sexual predators and become impregnated by adult males in their communities. Children having children are also burdened with blame, shame, and neglected by the men who lured them to their beds with food, money and friendship, only to defile and sexually extort the girls into single-motherhood. We are currently assisting a number of girls who are expecting children anytime in the near future, and are in their second to third trimesters of pregnancy and no family support or preparation for parenting young children of their own. The girls, by and large, have endured dysfunctional or abusive family settings all their lives and OSANKO House will provide the stable environment where they can begin to build trust, interact with their peers, and take care of their children. Although young mothers and their children may live at OSANKO House for up to two years, the average anticipated stay is one year which would be adequate to fully prepare the new mother and child for independent lives. While living at OSANKO House, each young mother will be supported to return to school or participate in a job-training program. An in-house Daycare Center will Girls must be out of the house by 9 am and ensure their children are in day care before heading off to work, school or training for the day. Because of its size, OSANKO House will provide individual support and attention to each resident for a minimum of 12 months, with ongoing follow-up and support systems to sustain their independent lives after they go on their own. This focused attention will become the bedrock for the continued success of OSANKO House. To the extent possible, we anticipate that 100% of our participants will have completed basic education programs, attend job- readiness training, develop marketable skills, and commit to take good care of their children, with full awareness for their bodies and sexual knowledge that will help them make good decisions and prevent second pregnancies. OSANKO will collaborate with organizations that provide a full range of specialty services to ensure that the right interventions are provided for teenage mothers to become self-sufficient providers for their families.

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