An orphanage is a place where children who have lost their parents due to death or custody issues are cared for. Apart from the aforementioned two reasons, there are other reasons why a child will be taken into an orphanage. They include abuse in the family home, mental illness in the home that may be detrimental to the child’s general health, the unwillingness of parents to take care of their children and so on.
Orphanages In Ghana: Full List, Locations & Contacts
In the United States of America, the term orphanage is no longer used instead what you have is foster homes or children’s home. Our focus in this article, however, will be on orphanages in Ghana and how to locate them.
Like every country in the world, Ghana has its fair share of orphans, abandoned children, and the likes. The number of children in this category in recent times is becoming quite alarming. A lot of these children form family bonds in neighborhoods and fend for themselves. Nevertheless, a lot more are in orphanage homes around the country.
There is really no data specifying the number of orphanages in Ghana, so we will have to assume there is a handful of them. Some of these orphanages are registered and a lot more are not. It should be noted that most of the children in some of the unregistered homes are not orphans, that is, they have known parents who are very much alive but these orphanages use them as a ploy to get sponsors.
The following is a list of orphanages in Ghana, both registered and unregistered:
Teshie orphanage is located in Accra, the Federal capital. Their major activities revolve around less privileged and endangered children in their immediate society. They sometimes have programs where willing people in the society offer voluntary assistance to the children and the home in any way they can. Their major source of capital comes from the Central Government of Ghana and donations from well-meaning members of the society.
Address: Behind Teshie Police Station, Teshie Accra.
Odiemorphanage cares for orphans in their immediate locality. This home provides proper medical care, creates a homely environment where children feel loved and are able to interact like the kids they are. Odeim orphanage can be referred to as a safe haven for orphans and less privileged children.
Address: No. 45 Hampson street, Latebiokorshie. Accra Ghana.
Contact: 0302676790, 02482477007
OSU CHILDREN’S HOME
Osu children’s home is located in Labone. They don’t only take in orphans, they also rescue children living under poor conditions due to their relatives’ negligence. They pick orphans from the street, so you can say this particular home goes the extra mile. They provide food, shelter and a facility for learning where volunteers from the community come to teach the children.
Address: Near Senior High School, Josiah Tongogori Rd. Labone, Accra Ghana.
Contact: 0307020121, 0208177005
VILLAGE OF HOPE
The Village of Hope Orphanage is sited in GomoaFetteh. They take care of abandoned children and depend largely on donations from well-meaning members of society and religious entities. They also get donations from the Central Government of Ghana but this is not enough to cater for the children in their care.
Contact: 0244313404, 0208232585
CHRISTO CENTRIC ORPHANAGE
Christo Centric Orphanage is a Christian-based institution that helps orphans in the society. They are located in Dome, Accra and are majorly funded by donations from members of the local church. They provide children with food, shelter and a facility to learn. They recently expanded the capacity of their facility to accommodate more children.
Address: No. 3 off Taifa Dome, Accra.
Contact: 0244686462, 0244954553
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
SOS children’s village was founded because of a social worker’s compassion towards the plight of abandoned children due to their families’ traditional beliefs. She decided to fix the situation and sometime between 1967 and 1968, during her visit to Norway, she heard about the SOS villages and their work. She contacted the founder of SOS villages Australia, in the person of Hermann Gmeiner and by 1974 SOS started operating in Tema, Ghana. This brings one to the conclusion that SOS children’s village is the oldest orphanage in Ghana.
SOS children villages in Ghana give support to local children and young people, providing education, vocational training, medical care, and general daily care and relief. They have four locations in Ghana. SOS has fulfilled its founder’s dream as it is a safe haven for orphans and children who lack family love to feel loved.
National office: Behind the Trust Towers, Asylum Down Accra.
Contact: 0302222867, 0302233089, 0302233087
- Near Bonsu Junction Asiakwa Koforidua
- Near the Chief’s Palace, AsokoreMapong, Kumasi
- Near Caiquo Hospital, Comm.6, Tema.
0303306138, 0303303506, 0303306957, 0303303460
SAVE THEM YOUNG MISSION
Save Them Young Mission was founded in 1996 to help less privileged teenage mothers. In 2009, it became a full-fledged orphanage, mentored by Rev. Dr. PaullenAmoabeng. They have over a hundred children in their care ranging from months-old to teenage years. They rely on contributions from well-wishers to take care of the children in their care. They provide food, shelter, medical care and education for children in their care.
Address: Golf City, Bethlehem, Ashaiman, Tema.
Contacts: 0507257552, 0208172932
Aldersgate Foundation is a Christian NGO that works with its partners and other volunteers to help less privileged orphans and young people to achieve a better future. Apart from running an orphanage, they also provide relief for needy people in their society.
They run two orphanages, a school for needy children, and children support programs. They are located in Kona Sekyere South District and in AfratiaAtwiwa, Kwanwoma district. Both in Ashanti region of Ghana.
Address: Block 6, Flat 28, SSNIT FLATS, KUMASI.
Contact: 0322050764, 0208255523
ST JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGE
This orphanage was renovated in 2004 by an orphan who wanted to give back to his community. They took in about 30 orphaned infants from nearby hospitals and took care of them throughout their childhood.
In 20012, 2014, and 2016 the Simon’s Mango Tree Charity started contributing essential items to the orphanage to make the children more comfortable. In 2017, they contributed more and also worked on the premises, painting the walls, fixing broken furniture, and replacing some. This gesture was intended to make the orphanage more comely and homely. They also fenced away a part of the facility to plant vegetables so that the orphanage can be more self-sustaining.
They take care of the children’s basic needs, feeding, and cleaning them up. They also have staff who help to build a solid social and emotional foundation in the children to help them function well in society. The orphanage is open to donations from charities and willing individuals.
Address: JirapaWa, Upper West Region.
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