Beacon House: Center for Children + community development
Beacon House has served the Ghanaian community through fostering orphaned and vulnerable children and assisting at-risk families since 2005. Beacon House accommodates between 20 and 40 children, where they live in a family-style atmosphere that meets their physical, social, educational, and emotional needs.
The heart of the mission of Beacon House is to demonstrate to children that they are loved, that they matter, and despite what they have faced in the past, their dreams can come true.
Partnering with the Department of Social Welfare, Beacon House often welcomes children who require extra attention and are difficult to accommodate at other children’s homes where they will not receive the specialized care. Many of the children come to Beacon House malnourished and have developmental delays or chronic, life-threatening illnesses. The caretakers at Beacon House have nurtured many children who have overcome the odds to flourish, and live a normal and happy life.
The Department of Social Welfare (DSW), Ghana
The Department of Social Welfare is the Government Statutory Agency in Ghana that is mandated to ensure the social integration of vulnerable, excluded and the disadvantaged for the development and growth of the economy. They have the following statutory obligations:
- The promotion and protection of the rights of children
- Justice and administration of child related issues
- Community care (for disabled and needy adults)
As an NGO in Ghana, Dream On works directly under DSW and assist in all aspects of their mission when called upon.
Coalition against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
The Coalition against Trafficking in Women-International (CATW) is a non-governmental organization that promotes women's human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms. Founded in 1988, CATW was the first international non-governmental organization to focus on human trafficking, especially sex trafficking of women and girls. CATW obtained Category II Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1989. For more info, visit the website.
Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service
The vision of DOVVSU is to create an environment that provides a timely and equitable response to victims of abuse, while also striving to prevent, protect, apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence and child abuse. DOVVSU and Dream On work in a collaborative manner on cases of domestic violence, forced marriage, child abuse, and defilement, from the initial report through prosecution. In addition, when necessary we assist DOVVSU in the formulation of post-rescue care plans for victims.
Women Mentoring Women Ghana
Mentoring Women Ghana is a non-profit organization established in Ghana whose objective is to grow young women through mentoring by more mature and accomplished women, and through sports, in order to imbue them with leadership qualities with which they can positively impact their communities. We are an active participant in WMW Ghana. For more info, visit the website.
Ark Foundation works from a woman-centered perspective and considers itself primarily as a women’s human rights organization. The Ark Foundation’s advocacy program is comprised of the Women’s Law and Human Rights Institute (WLHRI) and the Monitoring and Advocacy (M&A) Unit.
The WLHRI engages in capacity building through training, research, and advocacy on the themes of Women’s Human Rights, Women’s Leadership, and Social Development. Its special focus is on Young Women’s Leadership Development. The Monitoring and Advocacy Unit undertakes monitoring of State responsibility on human rights and human development issues of women, and children in Ghana to advocate for the necessary policy, legislative or societal action for change.
Under its Anti-Violence Program, Ark is comprised of the Crises Response Centre (CRC) Project with its four service sites – the Legal Centre, Crises Centre, Shelter and Counseling Centre, and the Community Awareness Project. The Anti-Violence Program broadly responds to violence against women, and children (VAWC) through the provision of integrated services and support to survivors of such violence and undertakes wide community outreach and awareness activities on issues in relation to VAWC or sexual and gender-based violence targeting Churches, Schools, identified professional groups and whole communities.
Don Bosco Child Protection Centre
An interim child protection center in Ghana for victims of human trafficking run by the Don Bosco.