Tuesday, 8 October 2013

GLOVO INAUGURATES FOSTER HOME


 

GLOVO INAUGURATES FOSTER HOME

GLOVO made a giant historic stride this year when it inaugurated its Foster Home at Agona Swedru on Tuesday 21st January, 2014. The Home is aimed at providing quality shelter, education and care giving for the orphaned and vulnerable children in the Swedru Municipality and its environs.
Maristan House
The inauguration was graced by the Deputy Municipal Director of Social Welfare, Chiefs and elders of Otaprow and surrounding communities, GLOVO Executive, relatives of foster kids and a representative from the Ghana Police Service. The Deputy Municipal Director of Social Welfare who was the Guest Speaker commended GLOVO for providing such a splendid edifice to aid the work of Social Welfare. 



Inspector J. Afriyie
According to him, Ghana Government wants individuals and organisations to establish Foster Homes rather than orphanage homes where inmates are permanently separated from their biological relatives. He added that most children at orphanage homes in Ghana are not able to integrate into mainstream society when they grow up because of the isolated and solitary lives they lead at the orphanage homes.

Six children with their foster parent
It was therefore welcoming news that GLOVO had established this foster home which is going to allow the relatives of the foster children to visit them periodically and from time to time the kids will be sent home to visit their relatives to socialise with them and are brought back to the home. The Social Welfare Department thinks the foster care system is the ideal way of giving care and support to less privileged kids and advised donors to channel resources into foster care homes more than orphanages for the former yields better results.


Solomon Amoako (Department of social Welfare -Agona West)
The Municipal Police Inspector who was the Guest of Honour advised the care givers and foster parents to desist from any act of child abuse and stressed that they should passionately work towards shaping the lives of the kids entrusted in their care. He also advised the care givers to call on him whenever they suspect any security threat at or around the home.
The Director of GLOVO Mr. Williams Yirenkyi expressed his joy about the coming into reality of his dream. He said that the establishment of and maintenance of foster care home come with daunting challenges. He cited feeding, medical bills, education, staff salaries, lack of electricity, and establishment of more homes to shelter more vulnerable children among others as challenges the organization is facing. He expressed his gratitude to the Morningstar Family Ministries in Canada for their generous donation of funds for the establishment of the home. The building is dedicated to Mrs Maristan, meaning “wished-for-child settlement”. 

 He used the platform to appeal to individuals, churches, corporate bodies and charitable organisations to come on board to support such a worthy cause. He made a clarion call to volunteers, both short and long term volunteers, to come in their numbers to volunteer in GLOVO projects.
As a way of ensuring that quality health care is provided for the Glovo kids, the Director said a paediatric centre is under construction but the pace of work could be made faster if much funds were made available in order to fast track the pace of work on the paediatric hospital.
Sitting room

The Project Secretary introduced the Caregivers and their two kids followed by the introduction of the six foster kids to the gathering. From there the Chief of Otaprow cut the tape to officially open the building for the foster care project. The dignitaries at the function inspected the facility and were very impressed about the comfortable shelter provided for the kids. The kids were later ushered into their rooms to formally begin their stay at the home.




Inspection of project
Besides the inauguration of the foster home, the GLOVO Academy which is also at the Village is growing from strength to strength in terms of enrolment and better student output. The Staff of the school, though underpaid, is working effectively to ensure that they meet the academic target set for them by management. Discipline and hard work are our hallmark. Despites these feats, the school lacks classrooms and this situation has compelled management to shelter some pupils under canopies and whenever it rains or shines, teaching and learning is adversely affected. 
Theophilus
Priscilla and Sandra
Pay us a visit in Ghana and you will never regret you did. The foster kids would like to see and interact with you and they would be glad if you could sponsor them in their upkeep.  



In order not to compound the situation in the next academic year, we appeal to everybody to come to our aid in constructing a classroom block for these innocent KIDS.


Belated happy and prosperous New Year from the entire GLOVO Team in Ghana to you all!

Glovo Team @ 2014
          

Glovo Academy re-opened on the 10th September 2013 to usher in the 2013/2014 Academic year. Indeed, it was a wonderful day seeing parents feverishly seeking admission for their wards. Both the teaching and non-teaching staff was at post to ensure that the school kids were well protected.

The re-opening also saw the movement of kids from the old school site, which was the genesis of the school to the permanent school site Glovo Village which is more spacious and conducive for learning though the structures, are no fully completed.
 
My first day at school
 The new academic year has also seen the creation of Basic four in order to meet the demands of parents who were
 yearning for admission for their wards in the said class. Enrolment has thus starts up from about 140pupils to almost 180pupils.


Raguel enjoying the nursery kids at Glovo village
This huge number however comes with its own challenges. The school is battling with how to pay the staff sustainable salaries in order to retain them. Secondly, the need to complete the classroom structures, construction of nursery block, kitchen and furnishing them is also a great challenge. 
Getting playing equipment and gadgets for the kids is also a challenge we cannot gross over.

Local kitchen
In fact, educating kids at relatively cheaper cost at our side of the world is very difficult and this calls for collaboration among all stakeholders including donors and charitable organizations in order to make progress. The ultimate goal of Glovo is to establish a school of academic excellence a foster home which would be properly managed, a pediatric hospital which would be efficiently administered, counseling centre which would be massively patronized, football academy to develop the talent in our children and Glovo administrative offices all in a single area referred to as Glovo village under the supervision of Glovo.

Catch them young.
With this bigger vision, only the school is partly constructed and other projects remain untouched. This opens door for interested donors and corporate bodies to extend their assistance to Glovo so that this great vision become a reality.
Beside these challenges, our volunteering working is growing from strength to strength. 

Our partnership with Kulturlife, Welwart and AIESEC has become even stronger yet we need more partnership from other volunteering organization such as yours to send more volunteers to work in our various projects in Ghana.


Football Academy
Individuals who want to do short term voluntary services can also apply directly to us for consideration and believe me; you would forever remember you stay in Ghana.

GLOVO CARING UNTO MATURIITY 









Weltwarts Volunteer
Glovo Reach a Child!


Glovo Raised a Child!!

Glovo Restore Community!!!

 
Kanta and Charlotte working at Glovo village




Liz and Nadja in House -To -House Monitoring.
Glovo staff and Weltwart volunteers. 




Glovo volunteers are helped to integrate into the culture and norms of Ghana. We work with passion and treat volunteers with our hospitality.

Glovo Team 
2013