ANTI-VIOLENCE SHELTER PROJECT IN GHANA
The Ark’s Shelter for abused women and children continues to offer support to both 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.
At every point of the helping process, there are Social Workers and Counselors readily available 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.
These services are all provided through funds raised from Global Giving and other philanthropic acts.
Report on activities for the period January to June 2012
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)
From the beginning of the year (January – June) to date, the Shelter project has housed thirty- six (36) clients fifteen (15) of whom have benefited from our capital and educational assistance packages. Also other clinical and medical support packages were offered to four (4) clients; one of whom was on admission at the hospital Koforidua Central Hospital. Ten(10) out of the total number admitted have been discharged and resettled with their respective families while others have been relocated to new communities.
To compliment the services offered to victims, the project identified specific schools both in the Greater Accra and the Eastern regions where sensitization on domestic violence, child abuse and other human rights issues were addressed. This programme afforded participants the opportunity (pupils between the ages 9-15 years) to acquire knowledge on their basic rights and entitlements and where to seek help in times of crisis.
A number of women victims also called for assistance after their children informed them about the available services for victims and survivors.
A client’s story
This story is a typical example of how victims feel before and after crisis intervention.
(Client’s name has been changed for the purposes of confidentiality).
Ohenewaa is twelve years old and currently in class six. She was neglected by her father right from infancy and was maintained by her mother.
Client’s mother was recently diagnosed as HIV positive and because the virus was at the AIDS stage she was very weak and could not undertake any serious work to support the family any longer.
Ohenewaa’s aunt, her only surviving relation only helps when she can due to her other family obligations.
The situation at hand therefore necessitated client’s call on The Ark for support.
Nothing much was achieved with the proposal to get client’s father to cater for her general upkeep. Neither client nor her mother knows his whereabouts after abandoning and neglecting them at an early stage.
To realize her dream of becoming a Bank Manageress however, The Ark is supporting Ohenewaa with an educational assistance package which caters for her school fees, textbooks and other school stationery.
Client is very studious and has a great potential of becoming successful in the future. But without continual support from kind hearted people such as you, this dream will not be a reality.
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.