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A truly wonderful ending to 2018

On Saturday, the 15th of December, the “Rays of Hope” – family celebrated our annual end of the year – 2018 program at the WEM Centre, Ayikuma. As a family beneficiaries and staffs from both Centres joined for the celebration.

Furthermore, we were accompanied by members of OLA, Gyassie Foundation and Accra Academy/St Mary’s Girls old students 2008 (Acasma 08).

Together as a big group, we enjoyed a colourful program including a lot of dancing, singing and games, as well as celebrating the upcoming Christmas time. The aspect of having a very good time was the initial reason for this program and because of that, we were able to feel the positive spirit all over the big compound.

Happenings like this are very important to the development of our beneficiaries because it offers them a fun – time they can spend together with all the other beneficiaries to build and strengthen friendships.

Moreover, programs like ours give the beneficiaries an experience where joy, fun and peaceful company is in their focus, instead of the daily challenges of the street life.

Days like this one are literally a ray of hope in their lives and create a lot of beautiful memories.

Especially for the new beneficiaries who just joined our ROHC in September, this day had a great influence on their view on our organisation. It showed them the variety of positive aspects our organisation offers them besides the academic aspect, so that they develop a strong and long-lasting relationship with us.

We had a great time at Ayikuma with a lot of great people and keep this wonderful memory within us for a long time.

We want to send special thanks to all the members of OLA, Gyassie Foundation and Acasma 08 for the wonderful love and support showed in their various donations.

Your generosity will be remembered, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Crop and Animal farming potential in ROHC

An important fact of the daily life in WEM Centre, is farming. Our aim is for beneficiaries to learn about farming as a skill and a trade in their development.

In the last few weeks, we finished harvesting our maize and putting them into bags, ready for consumption. We believe the children have learnt a lot in the processes involved in planting to harvesting. We also look forward to harvesting our mangoes in the coming months.

We are proud to announce the birth of 4 new grasscutters. Our farm worker, bro Tetteh is responsible for taking care of the grass cutters. Beneficiaries, on scheduled days are engaged in the grass cutter management as a way of igniting their interest and creating experiences in grass cutter rearing. The grass cutter project is a big chance for our beneficiaries to learn responsibility and care.

The grass cutters also support the personal development of the children, because a child learns to understand the behaviour of animals. In addition, this takes influence on the social behaviour of a child were s/he learns to respect the needs and rights of other people. All in all, the child learns to take care of something. This gets reinforced through the special value of grass cutters in Ghana. The child learns a part of our tradition, the typical Ghanaian food with grass cutters as a delicate.

Through the various crop and animal farming activities, our children learn more about the tasks of a farmer and get some practical experiences to supplement lessons in agriculture taught in school.  We are really proud that this part of our project grows every day.

Enrollment of 8 beneficiaries into Basic School

Another successful year has come to an end, were 8 beneficiaries have transited from the street life and its conditions to school life.

Last year, 2017 these children were on the streets not schooling. They have successfully passed through the 1-year Pre-School Classes at our FCP Centre and have exhibited a strong will, passion and dedication for a brighter future through education.

Traphina, Elizabeth, Doris, Peace, John, David and Frank have all been admitted to the St Peter Methodist School in Ashaiman. Kofi (8 years) has also been admitted to Mawuvio Outreach Programme in Ayikuma for his basic education. Based on their academic level, they have all been admitted into various classes at the primary level.

Our monitoring system ensures that at all times, our beneficiaries are making the best out of the opportunity presented to them in terms of their academic, social and moral development.

May the school be a place for them were they are happy and motivated to learn new skills were they can gain lots of experience for their future development.

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Step by Step, Day by Day, a Journey of HOPE Begins

We are proud to announce an addition of new children from the streets after 5 months of scanning hot spots within our City Centres. Their parents/guardians have been successfully located and taken out of the streets to their various homes.

The identified youngsters after signing a mutual contract with ROHC will be enrolled into Pre-School classes to guide them gradually into school life, social life and reintegration back into society and their family.

The new beneficiaries come from unique and different backgrounds. The influences of the street life are still present but it is wonderful that they are highly motivated to learn new things and unlearn negative street attitudes.

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A kind Gesture from Knight of St John International

On Saturday, 6th October, the “Knights of St. John International” a group in the Catholic Church visited WEM-Centre and brought a lot of sanitary, educational materials, clothing and food items to the Centre and the beneficiaries.

The brand new Nasco deep freezer will boost to our food storage facilities. The set of clothing will go a long way to add to the collection of our beneficiaries, there by bringing variety in clothing for church and special programmes. All in all, these heart felt donation of assorted items meeting our daily educational, sanitary and food needs go a long way to put a smile on our beneficiaries and even taking them many steps further from the streets.

Support from 2 German Dentists

Rays of Hope Centre (ROHC) received an amount of   € 2,000 from 2 dentists working for the Zahngold Clinic in Germany to help create a “haven” for beneficiaries’ away from the street life.READ MORE

20 + 1 anniversary of Rays of Hope Centre

The 20 + 1  anniversary of Rays of Hope Centre was held on the 12th of May 2018 at WEM Centre, Ayikuma. The programme was attended by important dignitaries such as the president of the National Philanthropy forum, Dr Ben Ocra, Chief of Ayikuma, Nene Asafo-Adjei Ahugaja III and the Chairman of Aktion-Lichtblicke e.V Ghana, Fr Bernd.
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The Legacy of Fr Konrad; Rays of Hope Centre

Father Konrad Lienhard, born 16th November 1942 in Zunsweier, Germany is the founder of “Rays of Hope Centre”.

He established the project in Ashaiman, Ghana in 1997. With his charisma to encourage people around him to join his mission, more than 2 million Euros have been raised for his second home in Ghana and lots of individuals have been affected and followed his footsteps.

Since 1997, he has given beneficiaries the chance to go to school and hope for a more independent future. Moreover, he enables the exchange of different cultures by sending German volunteers to support the project.  Another great achievement was the opening of the WEM Centre in 2015 which is a home to some of the beneficiaries. He was one of the main factors that made the opening possible by raising funds.

The project in Ghana was not his only success. He established a KIM-Youth-Center (Catholic Youth Work) for criminal adolescents in Paderborn, Germany. The institution developed itself later on as one of the biggest social institutions in the area.

Father Lienhard was diagnosed with cancer and had to stop his priestly working functions. During the morning hours of 10th of October, 2017, Father Konrad Lienhard passed on peacefully and followed Gods call.

We are very thankful for all his great commitment and for all his love he shared with us.

May the seeds that he sowed continue to bear the Lords fruits.