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Support for an orphanage

Objectives:

SOL-GH received an exceptional five-year contribution towards the operating costs of the Anwiankwanta orphanage. This aimed to give it time to put in place a sustainable financial model, less dependent on external funds. The NGO planned to launch an agricultural project where the produce would be consumed by the orphans and the surplus sold, and to develop income sufficient for the longer term.


Results:
SOL-GH developed a number of initiatives aimed at reducing dependence on external financing. The agricultural project was launched in 2012 and the area of land cultivated increased. By the end of the project, it was producing vegetables, basic food stuffs and oranges – produce which was consumed by the orphans, sold at the local market or preserved. In September 2017, the orphanage opened a primary school with six classes, including local paying students. This contributed to the institution’s budget. The school expected to be profitable within two years (2019). The government implemented a national family re-settlement strategy for orphans, reducing the number of orphans at the home from 90 to 60, which in turn reduced costs. The trend was set to continue. By the end of 2017, SOL-GH aimed to have local financial support cover 20% of the costs, with a plan to cover 40% in 2018 and 60% in 2019.

 

The NGO:
The organisation Save Our Lives - Ghana (SOL-GH) was founded in 2001 by Paulina Opei, to administer the orphanage she founded in Ghana. It aims to provide orphans (aged 0-18 years old) with a stable environment and a decent family life, allowing them to grow and blossom. Emphasis is also focused on education and training, in order to equip them with sufficient skills to integrate society as they become adults.


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60
orphans


Duration
July 2012 - June 2017

Location
Anwiankwanta

With whom
Save Our Lives Ghana (SOL-GH)

Website
http://www.saveourlivesghana.nl/