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.
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 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.
The Shelter has established networking links with some network clinics and hospitals where clients are sent for medical 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.
A client’s story
This story is a sample of what victims go through before and after crisis intervention.
(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.
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!