Ghana Orphans Building Project
Organized by: Todd Overbeek
Glorious Vision for Orphans (GLOVO) is a five year old Ghanaian non-profit serving poverty stricken children by providing food, shelter, access to healthcare, and education in the GLOVO Village.
Our connection to GLOVO is through its founder and executive director, Williams Yirenki. Williams is a tireless advocate for the children he serves and we have personally witnessed the progression of his work. Our first contact with GLOVO was in January of 2013 when we travelled to Ghana to meet our newly adopted daughter. During that trip we toured the GLOVO site and the construction that was underway. Since that time, Mr. Yirenki and GLOVO have made steady and remarkable progress including the construction of a foster care home to enable Ghanaian children to be raised and, hopefully, remain in their country. (Learn more about GLOVO at www.glovo.org)
A brief summary of GLOVO's mission and ongoing needs from it's Director, follows:
GLOVO celebrated its 5th Anniversary on 24th June, 2014 after its registration and operation five years ago. The organisation which started on a low note in a small office at a corner somewhere in Agona Swedru has grown and is known globally as a reputable non-governmental organisation. This recognition stems from the fact that the organisation has upheld its integrity with its foreign partners and transparency has been the organisation’s hallmark. We have adhered strictly to our core vision, mission and values and without any shred of doubt that we have not deviated from our objectives upon which we were given the certificate of incorporation and commencement. We have remained resolute in the past five years to give hope to the hopeless, the orphaned, the deprived, the under privileged and kids with disabilities.
Over the past five years, the organisation has not relented in its effort in providing educational support to over one hundred highly deprived children. We did this by enrolling some of these kids for the first time in schools; providing over one hundred kids with school uniforms and assorted educational materials, among others. Similarly, we supplied about 40 pieces of computers and accessories to seven Basic Schools in the Agona East and West Local Assemblies. The aim was to help teachers and kids alike to have access to information which is a recipe for quality teaching and learning.
The organisation, as it keeps on expanding, is faced with numerous challenges among them is lack of funding for GLOVO projects. As we write this article, destitute girls and boys are knocking at our door pleading that we provide them with shelter and clothing yet the Foster Home cannot take kids beyond its capacity. We intend to build more homes at the Village to accommodate these teaming kids who need our help. We also need funding and donation for the inmates at the Home.
Similarly, the school at the GLOVO Village needs extra classrooms to properly accommodate the nursery and the kindergarten kids. We provided tent classrooms for them but the strong winds did not spare these innocent kids when it rained.
It is in this light that that management wishes to make this passionate appeal to you as an individual, church, corporate body, donor and lover of kids to stretch forth your hands to support these kids under our care either in kind or cash so that together we build a better future for these innocent but deprived children under our care.
We pledge to act as stewards of all funds entrusted to us is support of this project. Those who pledge funds and provide an email address will receive periodic email updates, including photos, while we are in Ghana so that the work being completed and the lives that are impacted may be seen.
Thank You in adavance,
For your consideration, our funding needs are itemized as follows:
1. Completion of a block of four additional classrooms and a nursery: $40,000.00
2. Travel Expenses including airfare and lodging for a volunteer group of four: $7,958.00
3. Completion of a partially completed well to provide an on site fresh water supply: $1,500.00
Total Funding Request: $49,458.00