ANTI-VIOLENCE SHELTER PROJECT IN GHANA
We at The Ark are very much grateful to the Global Giving Team who regularly ensures our project is made public to all who have the heart for the vulnerable.
We are particularly indebted to our cherished donors who have been through good and tough times with us. We say a very big thank you for all your efforts.
The funds realized from these philanthropic supports are channeled towards the work in The Ark’s shelter for abused women and children.
The Shelter continues to offer accommodation and care to survivors fleeing common forms of abuses such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect, harmful customary practices and parental non-maintenance.
There are several professionals offering assistance and support at every point of the helping process, ready to listen and offer support right from the initial in take of client’s story, through assessment, counseling and admission to the shelter admission.
Most of these survivors are women who have suffered various forms of abuse together with their children or sometimes individual clients who walk in to access services.
The Ark takes on abused mothers along with their children who may not be directly abused.
Report on activities for the period August - November 2013
The project attended to 115 cases. A client was admitted to Shelter this November. Two of the pregnant clients at the Shelter delivered two baby girls respectively. They together with their babies have since been in the care of The Ark.
The project launched a child abuse sensitization and prevention program with support from one of the local partners in Ghana to mark the commencement of a one year child sensitization project in four selected cluster of schools in the Ga East and West Municipalities of Accra.
The launch drew parents, community leaders, head teachers, stakeholders and pupils from beneficiary schools. The people welcome the idea and pledged their support towards the success of the project.
A client’s story
Dora (not her real name) was admitted to the Shelter through one of the project’s network partners that works with street children. She is thirteen years and had been defiled by her stepbrother and his friend. According to client perpetrators blind – folded her and took to a secluded place to conceal their bad intentions. The Perpetrators have since been imprisoned for three years, after the case was forwarded to the district juvenile court for persecution.
Dora as a result of the abuse is undergoing therapeutic sessions since she was assessed to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It was however necessary that she was kept away from the abusive environment to help facilitate her healing process hence The Arks intervention with temporary Shelter.
Dora has been made to continue her clinical sessions as Shelter workers offer her the necessary psychosocial support.
Dora is making progressions and is anticipated to come back to her old self soon. She has plans to become a Lawyer all things been equal.
The Ark is still implementing the project, and so far can confidently say that our clients are largely satisfied with the quality and range of services we offer within our integrated approach which includes Shelter, and re-settlement and support services; thanks to our supporters/donors whose contributions are funding this project.
This question goes to our supporters: Please tell us what you think about our project? Are there any ways we can work together to attract wider support? We wish to use this opportunity to thank our supporters for making this possible. We encourage more donors to come on board for a worthy cause. Donate today, save an abused child!
The Ark acknowledges with much appreciation the donations received in support for its work towards the provision of integrated services to women and child survivors of abuse. Also to the efforts made by the Global Giving initiative to ensure this initiative is sustained and to the generous philanthropist whose regular donations have helped to provide reliefs to project beneficiaries.
These funds are disbursed to ensure the total well being of victims and survivors of violence
Report on activities for the period April-July 2013
The period over review saw the project recording 62 cases 9 of which were provided Shelter.
10 of the admitted clients have since been discharged.
Clients offered Shelter are usually provided medical care as part of the Shelter intervention to ensure their general well being. One of the clients has completed her Senior High School education and is currently awaiting her results. Two sensitization outreaches were held for two neighboring market communities to raise the awareness on the incidence of domestic violence in general and the support systems available.
Two separate visits were made to the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions in search of the biological parents of two teen girls admitted in the course of the period. One of these two was later reunites with her long separated parents after surviving several forms of abuse in the capital city.
The Shelter has established networking links with some network clinics and hospitals where clients are sent for medical care.
4 of the teenage children discharged have been put in school while the 3 young women and 3 mothers have been financially supported to embark on petty trades and skills of their choice.
The project also referred some of the clients seeking legal and other services to the appropriate organizations
The project enhanced its services through the provision of basic services such as utilities, security services, medical aid, communication costs, food items, toiletries; social workers follow up cost, school daily allowance and fuel for cooking to clients sheltered.
A four- week’s sensitization seminar was held in eight schools in Accra to educate both teachers and pupils on their basic rights and responsibilities. In all a total of 600 pupils and 40 teachers were reached.
To compliment the services offered to victims, the project honored invitations from some media houses in the Greater Accra region to sensitize the public on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), a program outlined to be replicated in two other regions.
This story is a sample of what victims go through before and after crisis intervention.
Maggie (not her real name) was referred from the Domestic Violence Support Unit for Shelter as the unit investigates her case.
Client was 14 years and was nearly five months pregnant. Maggie was defiled by a man who introduced himself to her as a student in one of the tertiary institutions in Ghana.
Maggie whose mother had forcefully gone for her from her guardian dropped out of Junior High because her mother could not afford her fees and her father had also refused to provide any form of support since according to him client was in good hands before her mother forcefully came for her.
In order to cover up the pregnancy, client alleged her mother provided her with several concoctions to terminate the pregnancy but all the concoctions failed to work.
Client who could not stand the pressure from her mother to destroy the pregnancy moved out of the house one day to the nearest DOVVSU to lodge a complaint. She was encouraged by a stranger who spotted her sitting and wailing over her predicaments.
Client reported that same day but her mother suspecting her daughter had gone to report the incident took to her heels and have since being hiding.
One media house got involved with the case and therefore helped to find The Ark’s Shelter for client.
While at the Shelter the Police continued with the investigations to find both perpetrator and clients mother but have not been successful.
The tertiary institution which perpetrator claimed to be a student had no records for such a student
Client went through series of medical checks and treatment as she had never been to the hospital from the on set of pregnancy. Client had her baby; a girl in July but had to be hospitalized for blood transfusion since she lost a lot of blood during the delivery.
Client and baby have since been discharged and are doing very well. Plans are far advanced to have client return back to school to pursue her dream of becoming a Barrister at Law and an Activist for the voiceless. Also strategies are in place to reunite client and father after these trail moment.
ANTI-VIOLENCE SHELTER PROJECT IN GHANA
The Ark has been a beneficiary of the Global Giving initiative, as well as beneficiaries of other philanthropic and corporate support.
These funds are disbursed to ensure the total well being of victims and survivors of violence. The common forms of abuse usually reported are domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect, harmful customary practices and parental non-maintenance.
Report on activities for the period November 2012 to March 2013
From November 2012, to March 2013, the project has recorded 322 cases. 42 were provided shelter. The rest were daily clients who walk in to access services in one area of abuse or another.
30 of the admitted clients have since been discharged.
Clients offered Shelter are usually provided medical care as part of the Shelter intervention to ensure their general well being. Two births were registered and the babies sent for regular post natal care.
10of the teenage children discharged have been put in school while the 8 young women and 12 mothers have been financially supported to embark on petty trades and skills of their choice.
The project also referred some of the clients seeking legal and other services to the appropriate organizations.
The project provided shelter for abused women and children and other costs e.g. (Utilities, security services, medical aid, communication costs, food items, toiletries, social workers follow up cost, school daily allowance and fuel for cooking)
Two sensitization seminars were held in the Accra and Eastern regions to educate school children, on their basic rights and responsibilities.
To compliment the services offered to victims, the project honored invitations from women association of some religious groups in the Greater Accra and the Eastern regions to sensitize their members on domestic violence, child abuse and other property rights issues. The members, especially the women were enthused about the program and called for further education on other human rights topics.
(Client’s name has been changed for the purposes of confidentiality).
Omotola, is a twenty-seven years old Nigerian who settled in Ghana with her Ghanaian boyfriend. Client was referred from one of the Public Hospitals in Accra after the Social Welfare Unit assessed she needed more than just medical assistance.
Omotola had gone to the hospital with her fifth child who has a heart condition at the time. She was unable to settle the medical bills since she was unemployed and her boyfriend who was providing their needs has neglected the family and could not be traced.
Thefamily has also been ejected from their rented home and had to live at the mercy of generous neighbors.
As a result, client was referred for Shelter and further assistance.
At The Ark, client and her five children; three girls and two boys were admitted at the Shelter and provided with the needed support.
Client’s fifth child continued her medical checks until the medical issues were resolved.
The other five were put in school as the organization began a process with the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana to ensure client’s return to her home country.
She has wished over a year ago to return home but had no support to do so.
The Commission could not provide client with any financial support but rather issued free transit tickets for client and her children to ease the customs interruption that might occur on they return.
After staying at The Ark’s Shelter for close to eight (8) months, client and her six children were supported back to her home country, Nigeria.
The family’s transportation fares were settled and a package for the children’s education and client’s own package for trade were provided.
Client was very much enthused with the care and support provided her family that she could not help but shed tears of joy on the day of discharge from Shelter.