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
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 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.
A client’s story
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.
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!