Ghana Orphanage Mission
Organized by: Alix Behrens
Another Thank You!
February 18, 2017
EVENT DATE Sep 01, 2016
Starting September 1st, 2016, I will be spending time in the Greater Accra region in Ghana, Africa. I am volunteering through an organization called International Volunteers HQ (IVHQ), based out of New Zealand. I will be working at an orphanage near Accra, the capital of Ghana. IVHQ offers many programs in Ghana, such as teaching, medical, and agriculture, but seeing that I currently work with children and plan on doing so throughout my life, the childcare program was the program that I felt was the best choice for me. According to IVHQ website, " through providing education, love, care and attention to orphaned children in Ghana, the Childcare project aims to address the problems that children left without parents face. Volunteers on this project are placed in both rural and urban communities, where they teach and provide care and affection to orphaned children." The video in the box to the left shows exactly what I will be doing while I am there!
I have spent the last 5 years working for the Boys & Girls Club of Saint Helena, and am currently the Athletic Director there. Working for BGC has been such an amazing experience, and I love my job so much. The kids I work with have made such a huge impact on my life, and I have so much fun with the children. Because of my work with BGC, I know I will be able to make a difference in the children’s lives in Ghana. While there, my weekdays will start at 5:30am at the orphanage I am placed in. I will help wake the children, bathe them, feed them and then walk them to school. When the children are at school, I will return to the orphanage to help with laundry, cooking, and other tasks that need to be done. Once the children return from school I will help with their homework, teach Basic English lessons, and play with them. Evenings lead to feeding them dinner, and putting them to bed. Weekends are my own, and I will spend time traveling within Ghana, or just stay put and go spend time with the children at the orphanage if I choose to.
This trip is something that is very far outside of my comfort zone. I have never traveled outside of the United States without someone coming with me, let alone spent time in a foreign country and not knowing anyone before hand. I will be staying with other IVHQ volunteers in a house with limited electricity, limited running water, and very basic amenities. To be honest, I am somewhat nervous about this trip, but I know that the work I will be doing there will be worth spending three months living basically.
The money I am fundraising will cover the IVHQ program fees, my flights, medication/vaccinations I will need, travelers insurance, as well as money that I will use to help the orphanage in any way I can. Once in Ghana, I will know what the orphanage needs, whether its art supplies or books, or materials to fix different parts of the facility. I would like to also bring with me a Polaroid camera so the children can have pictures of themselves, and I would also like to bring a small guitar, so I can play for the children, and leave it with the orphanage when I leave.
Thank you so much for reading this, and donating if you choose to. The money you donate is going to allow me to do some really amazing things and allow me to make a difference in the lives of the children I will be working with while I am there.