With the state finally (!) taking action against child prostitution in Kumasi, our children's home is taking in more and more emergencies of girls from Nigeria, who have been brought to Kumasi under false promises and forced into of child prostitution on Kumasi's streets. This poses great challenges for our house. We offer these children in the children's home a temporary emergency shelter, so that they can recover there at least for a short time and above all be able to be cared for. Each case is prosecuted by the authorities, which is why the affected children have to testify in front of a court. Since the girls are from Nigeria, they are not familiar with either the Ghanaian languages nor the culture or the food. Thanks to our very caring and dedicated staff at the house, living together with the other children is currently going very well. However, this requires a greatly increased educational and financial effort. In addition, the girls affected by their situation have special needs, such as intense psychological care and the desire to return to their home country and their familiar environment. For these reasons, in close cooperation with the Anti Trafficking Unit, we organize the repatriation of the girls to Nigeria to the police and the local youth welfare office, where they are reunited with their families and physically and mentally are taken care of by specialists.
At the moment, nine of these girls live with us. Therefore, the children's home is now overcrowded with 28 children - in total, our children's home is designed for a maximum of 24 children. Nonetheless, in the meantime we have found acceptable solutions for all, by transforming a caregiver's room into a children's room at short notice.
We are very grateful for every donation to fund the initial cost of clothing for the girls, their medical care and their return home.