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Three beneficiaries took the WASSCE

We are so proud of our beneficiaries Sarah, Gifty, and Harriet. They joined our program in 2014 when they were selling on the streets of Ashaiman. In September, they finished writing their final exams in Senior High School (WASSCE). The results will be out later in the year, but we are sure they'll do great. These hard-working rays have been an example for us all.

Here are some photos of a small celebration in our First Contact Place in Ashaiman, and also a throwback to 2015, when Sarah, Gifty, and Harriet performed in the opening ceremony of our centre in Ayikuma.

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Welcome home, Justice!

Akwaaba to Justice Mensah Boto, our former beneficiary, currently living and studying in Germany.
Justice joined Rays of Hope Centre in 2003 after he had dropped out of school and was repairing footwear on the streets of Ashaiman. Now, 19 years later, he has a Bachelor in Biology from University for Development Studies in Ghana, has graduated MBBS bachelor of medicine and surgery from Qiqihar Medical University in China, and currently is doing a Biomedical Master's in Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University while working in Medicare Laboratory in Bonn, Germany. 

We are extremely happy to have him visiting Rays of Hope and used the opportunity to ask some questions:

- Justice, what brought you to Ghana?
Two reasons: I had to take an exam for a medical license to practice as a doctor in Ghana, and I wanted to visit my homeland. I miss my home, my family, and Rays of Hope.

- How does it feel to be back in Rays of Hope?
It feels really good! I'm really happy to meet the past and present beneficiaries and to be able to encourage them to fight hard and perhaps even some to study medicine.

- Name one important life lesson that Rays of Hope has taught you?
Perseverance. To never give up.
After Senior High I was supposed to go to university, but unfortunately, at the time my mom died and I also did not get accepted to study medicine in Ghana. At this point, I wanted to give up and went to Rays of Hope, thanked them for everything, and asked to resign from the program. I remember I was crying all the way going home from the centre. Educational Officer Bro Evans, after a discussion with Manager Bro Bonney, came on the same night to my place to convince me to continue. Rays of Hope saw potential in me and they wanted me to proceed to the university. They even reached out to my sister and together were able to convince me.

Justice - you as a true inspiration to our beneficiaries with your achievements - what is your advice for them?
My advice to all the boys and girls is that they should remember that once they set their minds on something -- they can do it. Even if the beginning is difficult, do not doubt yourself. If I was able to make it, you will do the same.

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Pre-schoolers went to school for the first time!

It has been an extremely exciting week at our First Contact Place in Ashaiman!
On Monday and Tuesday, we took our 9 pre-schoolers to St. Peter Methodist school, on Wednesday they were engaged in teaching and learning activities in Holy Gabriel Anglican school, and on Thursday in Blessed Clementina Roman Catholic school.

For some of our pre-schoolers, it was the first time ever attending a formal school! One of them is Roberta (11 y), who will be enrolled into class 2. She said: "It was not difficult and I liked how the teachers were nice and patient with us." Bless (13 y), dropped out from class 6 about 2 years ago. "I'm happy to be back. I learned so much and made so many friends!"

We are grateful to the personnel of the schools for the patience and care they are providing to our children in their journey of education.

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Update on pre-schoolers

Our 9 beneficiaries, who were enrolled into our First Contact Place for Pre-Shool last year, are working hard to finish their studies to join basic school in September 2022.

Our Social workers (Pre-School Class Teachers) agree that the children have made progress within the 10 months they have been in Rays of Hope Centre (RoHC). "They have advanced most in Maths. When they arrived some even didn't know how to write numbers," said Ms. Amegashitsi.

Now pre-schoolers can do addition, subtract, multiply, and divide. English is something they still need to practice. "In September 2021, most of them didn't know the alphabets, they hadn't been to school before. Now they can identify short words," commented Mr. Amadu.
The children have also learned to behave and communicate in society.

In August 2022, pre-schoolers will take the RoCH test and in September will enroll in a suitable Primary class.

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Welcome, volunteer Saile!

Meet our newest team member; Saile Mägi - a European Union Aid Volunteer (EUAV) from Estonia.
She will be part of the RoHC family and offer her expertise in communication and digital skills.
"During my first weeks over here, I've seen how relentlessly the staff works every day to help the children from the streets back to schools and society. The purpose of this NGO is really inspiring and I'm grateful for the chance to support the team."

Saile is the second EU Aid Volunteer in RoHC who is sent here in cooperation with its partners; Mondo (EST) and Kongo Community Development Association (GH) under EU project SuDHAV 3.
Saile will be in Ghana until November 2022.

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Light at the end of the tunnel; enrolment of 2019 beneficiaries into basic school

After 2 long years of Pre-school classes at our First Contact Place (FCP), we achieved success with our beneficiaries in enrolling them into Formal Basic School. The former street connected children were identified and introduced into our Education sponsorship programme in 2019. Usually, pre-school classes should last between 6 – 12 months. Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic caused us to extend it to 2021.

Out of the 14 beneficiaries who signed up for the sponsorship programme, 11 beneficiaries have been enrolled into basic school across our Centres in Ashaiman and Ayikuma. They were progressive in their development in academic, social and moral life. We hold in high esteem these values since we believe these values would go a long to shape, define and make our beneficiaries independent and contributing members of our Society.

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Hurray!!! 20 beneficiaries join our project for our education sponsorship programme

It is the time of the year were our Field Work programme is intensified. During this time, our social workers spend extra hours on the streets to identify, recruit, and reintegrate potential beneficiaries into the project. This period usually spans for at least 4 months thus April to July. For the 2021 field work programme, we focused on street connected children located within the Ashaiman Municipality.

Our Field worker came in touch with over 45 children during the period. However, due to resource constraints, we are only able to sponsor 20 beneficiaries unto our education sponsorship programme. The addition of the new beneficiaries would increase our count of beneficiaries to 100.

Just like other beneficiaries, they were mostly engaged in economic activities, child labour and some are trafficked and abused children. We begin reintegration of our target group right from the streets.

 

What a milestone for Salamatu and Daniel; they are in Senior High School

Salamatu and Daniel have been admitted into the Comboni Technical Vocational Institute to continue with their Senior High School Education. Salamatu came into the project in 2014 and Daniel in the following year of 2015. We are very happy to see them at this level after completing basic school under sponsorship from Rays of Hope Centre.

We would keep on giving them the support and guidance during their time at Senior High School.

Good luck, young Rays !!!

 

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Christmas Party at WEM Centre with Beneficiaries

This year both centers came together to celebrate Christmas. A big bus filled with our beneficiaries and staff members of the First Contact Place (FCP) arrived on Saturday morning, the 21st of December at WEM Centre.

After singing together, dances were performed and we remembered Jesus’ birth with Bible readings and prayers.

Later that day we moved on to prove our skills in volleyball, football and table tennis and played some matches against each other while others were dancing or supporting the cooks in the kitchen. At the end we enjoyed our lunch, some nice drinks and biscuits.

In the evening all of us moved back to Ashaiman, the children were already really excited to go home and spend the holidays with their families and friends.

We had lots of fun together and we are glad to see how the project and ROHC family is growing year by year.

Rays of Hope Centre wishes all of you a blessed Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year 2020.

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Richard’s Success story

Richard Tetteygah,  another proud beneficiary of Rays of Hope Centre has graduated from the Accra Technical University attaining a Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design and Textiles.

He is currently a Teaching Assistant at the Koforidua Technical University doing his national service for the period, 2019-2020. He graduated from the Mawuli Senior High School in 2016 where he studied Home Economics (Clothing). He has been a beneficiary of ROHC for the past 13 years.

Richard is a role model for our young and new beneficiaries in his social and moral lifestyles. During vacation, he assists in teaching and the guidance of our beneficiaries in both Centres. 

We are very proud of Richard with his academic achievements amidst the challenges over the years. and we wish him the best in his career.