Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Help 19 disabled and disadvantaged kids in Ghana
Daily life in the Center
Daily life in the Center

Dear Donor,

with this report we would like to update all of you about the project that we support with your help in favor of 19 children with a disability in Ghana. Even though the Covid-19 pandemics is going on, the activities of “Casa Italia” have never stopped. This is a letter written by Simona, our local representative that works every day with the children hosted in the center.

“Today V. has asked me if I remembered everything about my childhood. I answered that I don’t remember everything, for example I don’t remember every single thing about my bad past. V. asked me: “don’t you remember or don’t you want to remember because you know that it is bad?”. It is a good question. We have talked about the good people and the villains of history and V. told me that the villains are the people that get rid of children. I’ve answered that here in the center all the children are loved and safe and when they will be adult they can always count on us. We love every single aspect of their personality. We will always be there to listen to their good or bad stories, to overcome every nightmare and to be sure that they will collect positive memories. They must have the certainty that here no one will ever abandon them again.”

Through the words of Simona, we can understand how difficult it is for a lot of the children hosted to face their stories, to believe in their selves and to rebuild their life. Most of them have been abandoned because of their disability, have been abused or have lost their family. Thanks to your support we can help these children ensuring their education and medical care and we can guarantee their right to live in a safe place.

Thank you!

Celebrating birhtdays
Celebrating birhtdays
Our children hosted
Our children hosted
Our children hosted
Our children hosted
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The World Health Organization reports that actually in Ghana there are still 160.028 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1.442 deaths. Our local referent Simona announces: “in the country there’s a lack of official data concerning the spread of coronavirus so it’s very difficult to understand the real number of deaths and confirmed cases due to coronavirus”. Her words in the latest update letter were full of suffering! She told us that one day she saw two children die because they were unable to breathe properly while she was at the hospital for some medical checks.

One of the most relevant problem in the country is the vaccination campaign! The majority of the population still refuses the vaccination because there’s mistrust and suspicion about it. According to the latest census the current population in Ghana exceeds 31,732,127 but unfortunately, actually, there are only 12.511.697 doses administrated.

In the past months the government has imposed several restrictions to reduce the virus circulation as for example the closing of the borders. For this reason, to protect our children health, our local referent has decided to keep the center close for visitors. This choice had a huge impact on donations but our priority is for sure children’s health-care. Actually, the school is open and our children keep going diligently and follow the classes with great interest!

We want to remind you once again the importance of our center for these children! Thanks to your support in our center we daily fight against social exclusion of disabled children in Ghana by providing them education and a safe place to live and grow up in.

Our kids need your help!

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In Ghana, from the 3rd of January 2020 till the 12th of November 2021, there have been 130.649 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1.206 deaths, reported to WHO. As of  the 5th of November  2021, a total of 3.162.666 vaccine doses have been administered. Thanks to the COVAX program, 2 million vaccine doses have been donated in October by European countries to the Ghanaian Ministry of Health, and the United States donated 1.3 million doses. This accelerated Ghana’s vaccination campaign and the country is now close to reaching 10% of fully vaccinated population.

But now come the good news, fortunately our children are doing well, schools and shops have re-opened! Some kids made very good progress despite the period of closure of schools. Most of them attend special schools where they follow personalized programs. For some of the children, it was time to return to their families, others found foster families ready to welcome them. Every child in the foster program is monitored with great attention because most of them has had traumatic experiences previously.

Our local representative Elena says that inside Casa Italia kids are always playing, they were gifted bikes, a trampoline and musical instruments, to allow them to experiment their skills and develop new capabilities apart from school homework.

In our distance support program, K. a little boy who is very a vivacious rascal who has obtained top grades in school and with the help of his therapist has made little steps forward to overcome the trauma he experienced when he was little. He’s coming up pretty well and he has regained use of his hand, surprisingly he’s taking percussion classes, we think it’s a great idea for a vibrant boy like him! He’s really passionate about bicycles and superheroes, he always teams up with another boy of the center to play superheroes together. As all the children of the center he has daily duties, he’s responsible for watering the flowers and he coordinates the kitchen!

N. another little boy who used to be shy till the point of staying alone in his room made lots of progress, he has learned to interact with the other kids, share his toys (he’s in love with cars) and tantrums had decreased a lot. Since he has learned to ride the bike, when he isn’t in kindergarten he plays all day. Like K. his preferred activity is watching movies or cartoons, he has his favorite but unlike other kids he doesn’t fight to choose, in the end he always gets what he wants. Sadly, he had some difficulty walking, and his right leg had to be bandaged but soon our local representative, Simona, will have him do a medical check-up to know the cause and possible cure.

The progress made by the kids represent all the appreciation they feel for the donors. Thanks to your donations, from July till October we collected 118,10 USD Dollars! Please keep supporting our kids, they need your help!

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One of the main risks and challenges of Ghana ishealth related. The risk of a second pandemic wave is already affecting some African countries with more virulent variants of the COVID-19 virus. According to the World Bank there has been a sharp rebound in cases in Ghana requiring further restrictions. Anyway, the country remains one of the least hit countries of the continent, even if it is hard to include in the statistics all the data related to the poorest parts of the population.

The health situation outside the capital Accra is in general rather lacking. Hospitals are often without basic equipment, especially in rural areas, where hygiene standards are often not met. Currently the World Health Organization reports more than 96 thousand confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 796 deaths. A fast vaccine rollout could help mitigate this risk. For this reason, Ghana is starting vaccinating its citizens and from updates in May 1,5% of the population has received two doses of vaccine, whereas 3,5% has received at least one dose. Local authorities, in order to contrast the spread of infections, have introduced restrictive measures like the closure of air and land borders, which are slowly weaken. The use of masks, social distancing and personal hygiene measures remain into force.

CASA ITALIA”, which hosts 19 disable and non-disable children, needs to reman more isolated in order to avoid the risk of infection. News since the end of the school is positive for all the children of the centre; the careful choice of the best school for every child according to their stories and problems make them able to always get the best results. Individual development programs that can consider skills, personal traumas, as well as individual propensities of every single child are the key for their growth.

Our local partner has also participated in UNICEF program and is helped by the social services and psychologists that keep on evaluating all the possible solutions for a reintegration of the children in their family context, which always remains one of the main goals of the centre.

In general, life in CASA ITALIA is going on, celebrating birthdays of the special children hosted and improving all the areas in which children with motor problems attend rehab activities. Thanks to your support we are able to help these children and you allow us to do more and more!

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Since last October the government has closed national borders and all the schools in the country. According to the World Health Organization currently Ghana is facing this pandemic with approximately 87.000 confirmed cases and 691 deaths. The government has limited the diffusion of information on infection containment strategies: on one hand because of the electoral campaign and on the other hand because Covid-19 tests are really expensive (more than the half of the average salary of an employee) and few people can afford them. Nevertheless, our local partners report that the strong actions of the government in response to this pandemic have allowed to relatively contain the infections.


However, the diffusion of the virus had a relevant impact on the economic sector. According to the International Monetary Fund the growth rate of 2020 will drop in 2021, worsening the conditions of the poorest sections of the population.


Because of the national closure of all the schools since October and all the government restrictions, “CASA ITALIA”- which hosts 19 disable and non-disable children- has been closed to the visitors. Although this though choice makes it harder to receive donations (in particular food), this decision has avoided infections inside the centre and all the children and the staff are fine. Also the isolated position of CASA ITALIA (quite far from towns) has helped to limit the spread of the virus and in Kwamoso Village no case has been registered.


In order to maintain the ”school rhythm” and not to lose this school year, our local partners have hired a teacher that has followed all 19 children delivering classes in the garden of CASA ITALIA. It has been really challenging but all the children have spent a joyful Christmas time. Since January the schools have reopened and 12 of the 19 children hosted have started to attend classes with a lot of enthusiasm. Moreover, a new dedicated room to play, read or watch movies has been open.


All the activities in centre are continuing also thanks to your constant and precious support. Together with our local partners we will keep on working always by the side of the most vulnerable children of Kwamoso!

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
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