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An Era of new beginning

Indeed, every child truly deserves a brighter future. Nine (9) beneficiaries have taken the step for a brighter future in our Child Education Support Programme. A year ago, they were recruited from the streets into our pre-school classes. They have been prepared for school life by our staffs over the 1-year period. Through hard work, dedication and commitment, they met the criteria be enrolled into basic school, rather than roaming on the streets.
They have been enrolled into the following schools; Blessed Clementina Catholic School Ashaiman, Middle East, Holy Gabriel Anglican School Ashaiman and St Peter Methodist School Ashaiman.

Through Rays of Hope Education Support Programme, they would not be engaged in street life activities including child labour; they will have access to uninterrupted basic education.

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A big step forward; Graduation from Junior High School

We are happy and proud to announce the graduation of our Junior High School students; Harriet, Sarah and Gifty. The three girls have successfully completed their Basic Education and participated in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The girl´s success becomes even more impressive when you look back to the beginning of their ROHC journey in 2014. Likewise most of our beneficiaries, Harriet, Sarah and Gifty got in touch with our Field and Reintegration Officer on the streets, not going to school but rather selling. Supported by their parents/guardians, they were willing to seize the chance for a brighter future and joined ROHC. The three girls started attending the pre-school in our First-Contact-Place (FCP) in Zongo Laka, Ashaiman for a year and were later enrolled into basic school.

Harriet stayed in Ashaiman for her basic education and attended the Golden Academy School. Sarah and Gifty attended the Mawuvio Outreach Programme in Ayikuma. They commuted to daily to school from our WEM Centre (Welfare-Empowerment-Mobility Centre). Within five years of determination and hard work, Harriet, Sarah and Gifty have completed their Basic Education and gained not only a great knowledge in school but also developed into independent, young women. Harriet, Sarah and Gifty came a long and difficult way but with their focus, own will and support they were able to succeed enormously. 

They are not just an enrichment for our society in general but also fantastic role models for our current and future beneficiaries. They are currently learning skills in sewing, beads making, decoration and catering as they await their BECE results.

We wish them the best of luck and hope that God´s blessings will continue to come down on them.

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Gabriel’s success story

Gabriel Adu, 24 years graduated from the Ho Technical University in March 2019. He Studied Mechanical Engineering for 3 years acquiring a Higher National Diploma Certificate.

Prior to his Tertiary education, he attained his WASSCE Certificate from the Mawuli Senior High School in 2015.

Gabriel has been a beneficiary of ROHC since 2005; from his basic education throughout to the tertiary level. In his 14 years with the project, he has shown tenacity, a good role model and very supportive in assisting with ROHC’s activities in teaching, caregiving and reintegration.

The ROHC family is proud of Gabriel with his academic achievements and his transformation over the years in being a beacon of Hope for younger beneficiaries. He is currently doing his National Service with the Graphic Communications group and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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A wonderful day at the Boti Falls

On Saturday, the 16th of March 2019, the beneficiaries and staff of WEM Centre embarked on an excursion to the Boti Falls in the Eastern Region. Together with some friends of the organisation and three of our German volunteers we started our trip early in the morning with a lot of positive energy.

We carried along a lot of delicious foods and drinks to enjoy our excursion in every possible way. After about 90 minutes’ drive, we arrived safely at the Boti Falls and started our tour with an introduction by a guide.

In order to see the beauty of Boti, we had a 45-minute walk ahead of us which was not easy because the path was hilly. By assisting each other, we were able to make it safely and enjoy all the breath-taking parts of Boti, such as “the Umbrella Rock” or “the Three-Headed Palm Tree”. After this long and exhausting hike, we visited the final part which is the actual “Boti Falls” and rested at this beautiful nature’s sight. The beneficiaries had a good time swimming, singing and dancing.

Such excursions are of major importance to the support for our beneficiaries because during such memorable days, they get to see what our organisation is all about and that the benefit of our children is our priority.

A big “thank you” to all who helped to organise this marvellous trip that will be remembered by all of us for a long time.

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The success story of Mary

There are several cases in which our project shows how successful our work is, especially stories about how certain beneficiaries progressed in their education and career. In the following article, we want to tell the story of Mary Dei-Nsiah who has been a ROHC-beneficiary since 2006 and had to deal with challenges and obstacle to be where she  is now. The project supported her during her school times and influenced and has influenced her personal and working career very positively.

Mary Dei-Nsiah was 13 years old when she was found by a woman called Auntie Mary at the market of Ashaiman selling pure water. The woman was impressed by the way Mary Dei-Nsiah handled her work and so the women went to her and asked her a couple of questions and told Mary Dei-Nsiah she will support her in the future. Auntie Mary came together with Bro Bonney to Mary´s grandmother´s home in order to give Mary Dei-Nsiah an offer to come to ROHC and become a part of our project.

Mary Dei-Nsiah spent 1 year in FCP attending the pre-classes before she was enrolled into class 3 at  the Providence Primary School. She finished her secondary education in the year 2015 graduating from the Ningo Senior High School.

Mary´s plan was to go to university however her grades were not good enough so she came up with the idea to work in a beauty and cosmetic business. Ever since, Mary has attended Super Plus Beauty Academy in Ashaiman which is a beauty and cosmetic school where she learns in different categories like beauty therapy, make up and nail technique.

In December 2018, Mary graduated from the Super Plus Beauty Academy has started with her internship with a beauty saloon in Tema.

The example of Mary Dei-Nsiah shows the chances of being part of our project and a role model for all current beneficiaries. We are very glad that she is part of our family and wish her all the best for her health, career and personal life.

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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.