US Association for International Migration (USAIM)

The U.S. Association for International Migration (USAIM) is the nonprofit partner of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the United States. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, USAIM seeks to empower migrants. Through outreach, education, and fundraising USAIM aims to raise awareness about the reality of migration while encouraging positive action. USAIM's Mission: To broaden public awareness To support programs that promote the humane and orderly migration of people To mobilize private sector resources To work in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support domestic and international programs benefiting migrants, di...
May 19, 2016

IOM-GHANA MONITORS REINTEGRATED VOTS

A family receiving their packages
A family receiving their packages

During this quarter, an IOM social worker visited and counseled every reintegrated child and their family, including those who were reunited last year.

In addition, each parent, caregiver and child received food support to ensure that the immediate nutritional needs of the children are met. Each child received a package that included bags of rice, maize, sugar, beans, oil, a local food made from cassava called ‘gari’, breakfast cocoa powder, powdered milk, tom brown (a local cereal meal), a solar lamp for evening studies, soap and toilet rolls.

The quarterly visits and monitoring have imparted positive benefits on most of the children, who look forward to receiving additional guidance and motivation from the IOM Social Worker. This has resulted in the children excelling academically. Some of them have also been encouraged to take up leadership roles. For example, one of the girls currently in Senior High School has become the Girls’ School Prefect. Those in apprenticeship are also really doing well to the extent that their trainers comment on their strong performance.

In addition, about 8 of the reintegrated children have been recently supported to enroll in boarding facilities so they can improve their academic performance as well as be better supervised. They were provided with basic school needs including uniforms, stationery, personal effects, mattresses, bedsheets and trunks to make their stay a comfortable one. Those who were enrolled in the technical schools were also provided with basic tools depending on their technical specialty. Their enrollment fees too were paid in full.  

The children and their families were extremely grateful to IOM for the support. Most of them expressed their gratitude and wished the donors well so they could continue to support them.

IOM Ghana will continue to regularly follow-up on the reintegrated children so as to assist them and their parents should any difficulties arise. The organization is also now carrying out prevention activities to stop children from being trafficked in the first place.

A child with his solar lamp
A child with his solar lamp
Students with their items walking to their hostels
Students with their items walking to their hostels
Students with their tools after donation from IOM
Students with their tools after donation from IOM
Feb 16, 2016

Reunited children receive reintegration support

A child excited to receive school uniform
A child excited to receive school uniform

In 2015, IOM rescued 20 children from trafficking in the fishing sector. Following a period of rehabilitation, they were reunited with their families last year. IOM staff briefed their parents on their responsibilities towards their children and on what their child had gone through since s/he had left home.

After being enrolled in schools and apprenticeship, all 20 reunited children have received some form of support as part of the reintegration process.

During a monitoring exercise, an IOM social worker visited each of them and their families. In all, 18 of them who are in school received school supplies including school uniforms, school bag, exercise books, note books, graph books, mathematical set, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and rulers. These supplies are to aid them in their studies for the first academic year.

The other two who were enrolled in apprenticeship were also monitored to ensure their well-being. IOM will provide specific apprenticeship tools that the children need for their training.

In addition, each parent, caregiver and child receive food support to ensure that the immediate nutritional needs of the children are met. Each child received a package that included bags of rice, maize, sugar, beans, oil and a local food made from cassava called ‘gari’.

The children and their families were really grateful to IOM for the support. Most of them expressed their gratitude by saying "God bless you and replenish your source so you will continue to support us".

The majority of the children are very excited to be finally attending school regularly and have great ambitions. The IOM Social Worker will continue to regularly follow-up on them and assist them and their parents should any difficulties arise.

A child excited to have received school supplies
A child excited to have received school supplies
Children with family receiving school supplies
Children with family receiving school supplies
Nov 24, 2015

IOM-GHANA'S RESCUED VOTS REUNITED WITH FAMILIES

Mother and son happy to be reunited
Mother and son happy to be reunited

All 20 children Victims of Trafficking (VoT) that IOM rescued earlier this year have now been reunited with their families. IOM staff briefed each parent and caregiver on their responsibilities towards their children and on what their child had gone through since he had left home.

 

The reunions were emotional. For most children it had been years since they had last been able to embrace their parents. One of the mothers gave a prayer of thanks: ‘’Oh God, I thank you. My child is finally back ’’.

 

IOM staff; with the collaboration of the families, also ensured most of the children were enrolled in their local schools. Two of them also have been supported to enroll in apprenticeship. The majority of them are very excited to be finally attending school regularly and have great ambitions. ‘’Madam, as for me, I believe I will pass my entry exams and be placed in class 4 even though I have been out of school for long’’ said one of the children..

 

It will take some time for the children to completely adapt to their new routines and to living with their families again. However, an IOM Social Worker will regularly be following-up on them and assisting them and their parents should any difficulties arise.

A rescued child being welcomed home by his uncle
A rescued child being welcomed home by his uncle
 

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