REPORT ON ANTI-VIOLENCE SHELTER PROJECT IN GHANA
This project grant shelter for abused women and children and financial support which cover utilities, police services, security services, medical aid, communication costs, food items, toiletries, social workers follow up cost, school daily allowance and fuel for cooking.
Report on activities
15 children benefited from educational support package; 10 women clients received capital support; 7 Clients were provided with emergency educational support and subsistence aid; 15 clients received money for medical and other incidental expense; 5 adult clients discharge and resettled in communities of their choice with money to start pretty trading. 20 clients received legal support and Seven (7) clients that is Five (5) children and Two (2) women ended up at the Shelter.
We noticed that our clients who received financial support to start up and expand their own petty trade are better able to handle the support given them, and now can take care of their own lives and cater for some of their children school needs for the reason that they are economically empowered and educated about their rights not to be abused. They were also encouraged to report abuse any time it occurs to the appropriate agency.
Discharged Clients from the shelter after receiving a full range of services and care, which includes medical, psychological referrals and resettlement packages are able to re-integrate into their families and society much better.
A client’s story
Client (real identity has been concealed) through a co-habiting relationship got pregnant. When Respondent was informed he demanded that the pregnancy be aborted but she refused and delivered. After delivering respondent attempted several times to poison the baby but to no avail. However, the baby began falling sick frequently; she would cry often and refuse to eat or drink anything. As a result she grew weak and lost weight drastically, client sought for medical attention for the baby but they could not ascertain the specific problem.
Client reported that, on the 29th June 2011 she saw her boyfriend defiling their child (i.e. inserting his figure into the child’s vagina, who was one year six months years old). She immediately reported the case to the police and was given a referral noted for medical examination at Achimota Hospital.
However due to financial constraints, she was unable to go for the pay for her medical fee and that delayed the result. Client went to Peace Fm, one of our local radio stations to seek for help and she was referred to The Ark. The Social Worker then referred the case to the police headquarters and a warrant was issued to arrest and arraign before court respondent immediately. Nevertheless, she was absence during the first two proceedings because respondent sent a threaten message to kill her. On 31st Oct. 2011, client was accompanied by a Social Worker for the third hearing. The case was adjourned to 8th Nov. 2011 and again client accompanied by a Social Worker went for the hearing but the prosecutor was absent and case has to be adjourned to 21st Dec. 2011 and on this day; Respondent was found guilty and has been jailed for 7years. Family members of Respondent will be paying monthly child support at court to be collected by client.
Client was given capital support to set up a petty trading to carter for the baby and herself and The Ark took care of all medical cost of the baby.
The Project is still running and we can say that our clients are contented with the quality of service offered which includes Shelter, medical, financial and legal assistance. We thank our supporters, followers and donors for supporting financially to this project and hope you continue donating and forward it to your friends, family and loved ones.
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