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					Royal Seed Home Orphanage – Ofaakor, Ghana

                MOTTO OF THE HOME: Every child deserves a good future.

Royal Seed Home is situated in the small town of Ofaakor, which is only 20 minutes away
from the large market town Kasoa, in the Central region of Accra. It is only one and a half
hours from Accra – the capital.

The orphanage is run by Naomi Amoah, and currently cares for 130 children – from babies
who are just days old to children who are 18 years old.

The home started initially as a vocational centre in January 2002, offering training in
hairdressing and dressmaking for young girls within in the local area. This included some
teenage mothers. Due to the lack of jobs in the area, a lot of the girls decided to migrate to
Accra to find work because they could no longer afford to spend time in school. However,
some of the girls, who were mothers left their children behind. They either abandoned them
at the centre or in the care of unemployed mothers or grandmothers. Due to this change in
circumstances, the centre was turned into an orphanage to cater for these unfortunate
children.

The orphanage has a football team, a choir and cultural and modern dance groups. There is
a rabbit, poultry and goat farm situated near by, and some land to grow food down the road
from the home. There is a school within the compound, which children from the nearby
town also attend. There is a crèche and nursery leading on to kindergarten 1 and 2, then
classes 1 – 6. This makes up the primary school, and then set beside it is a room for Junior
Secondary School classes – form 1 and 2. The children are set in their classes according to
their ability, not their ages.

Vision – ‘The vision of the home is to continuously enlarge its shelter of hope to cover as
many deprived children as possible in Ghana and beyond.’

Duties of volunteers
The main job of volunteers is engaging with the children in whatever way possible. Most of
the time volunteers will need to use their initiative to try and see when things need to be
done. It is hard for the workers at the orphanage to continually assign jobs to volunteers;
they will also be reluctant to do this because volunteers vary vastly. So the types of jobs can
be accepted in different ways. The workers will normally allow volunteers to find a role that
is comfortable to them in the running of the home. Having said this here is some idea of the
kind of jobs that need to be done:

      Every morning the children need to be bathed and dressed, to get them ready for
       school
      Cleaning of the compound occurs every day
      Serving food to the children and cleaning the bowls after they have finished
      Tidying up the children’s rooms
      Teaching roles in the classroom, many (if not all) of the teachers will not be qualified
       so they are always happy to have some help in their classrooms, and to watch other
       methods of teaching
      Washing of the children’s clothes
      Dressing cuts and wounds
      Taking sick children to hospital and taking care of them when they return
      Administering any medication; this can be almost a full time job if you have 10
       children, all with 4 doses to be given a day, and about 5 medicines/ tablets per child.
       (Do not underestimate the importance of this job)
      Helping children with homework
      Providing extra tuition for children that might need it
      Creating and overseeing activities and games for the children after school and during
       weekends
      Sewing of clothes – especially school uniform

The Surrounding area and facilities
The nearest major town to the orphanage is Kasoa, which is a 20 minute drive on the local
transport – tro-tros. There are many facilities in Kasoa, it has a new market and an old
market. The new Market runs on Tuesdays and Fridays, and anything that you could possibly
want can be found here. There are plenty of banks in Kasoa, including a Barclays with a 24/7
hour ATM on the Ofaakor – Kasoa road. In the same area there are two internet cafes. There
are two more to be found if you venture further into the old market area of Kasoa. The
nearest hospital clinic to the orphanage is Kasoa Central, near New Market. There is also
Kasoa Government Hospital in the Old Market area.

The nearest beach to the orphanage is Kokrobite, which is a ‘Rasta’ beach, and well worth a
visit. You can reach this by getting a tro from Kasoa to ‘Old barrier’ along the Kasoa – Accra
Road, then a taxi for 55 pesewas (25p) to Kokrobite. There are a few nice restaurants and it
doesn’t get too crowded.

There are a few tourist attractions in the local area, and a few are found in the capital –
Accra. There is Kwame Nkrumah’s statue and museum. He was the first president of Ghana
in 1957, when the country gained independence; there is also Independence Square and a
statue which ties into this.

In the opposite direction to Accra from Kasoa is the city of Cape Coast. In this region you can
find three castles that were built by different nationalities but all for the same reason; they
were slave castles, to hold the slaves before they were shipped off. These are very
interesting to see, and for a reasonable fee there is a guided tour. In the same area there is
Kakum National Park. There isn’t a great chance of seeing many animals in this park, but
there is a Canopy walk, which is made from structures constructed between the trees of the
forest. There are promises of beautiful views, and it lets you view the jungle in a different
way.

Cost
Before arriving in Ghana, you must pay a one-off placement fee of around £250. This covers
one-time airport pick-up (either arrival or departure), covers administration costs and acts
as a deposit for your time at the orphanage. Once in Ghana you will be required to pay
around £260 per month as rent, which covers food, accommodation, water and electricity.

Contact Information
Telephone No: 07545373245

Email Address: gizelle@orphansofghana.org

Website: www.orphansofghana.org

				
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