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. 


ENSLAVEMENT PREVENTION ALLIANCE - WEST AFRICA

From 2007 – 2017, the Enslavement Prevention Alliance—West Africa  (EPAWA) was at the forefront of combating human trafficking by providing local and international awareness about the affects of prostitution and trafficking in Ghanaian society. 

EPAWA conducted investigations and rescue operations, victim protection planning, and shelter management. EPAWA provided training to law enforcement, immigration, media, civil society, academic institutions, and the health sector on various aspects of human trafficking. 
  
EPAWA partnered with local organizations in Africa to create national campaigns to educate and mobilize government agencies on behalf of victims, encouraging the creation of infrastructure and to effect policies and education in order to find solutions to human trafficking.

Though no longer operational in Ghana, the former Executive Director of EPAWA, Tatiana Kotlyarenko continues to be a partner in the Dream On Residential Home. She has moved on to become the Anti-Human Trafficking Advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


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.