Ghana Orphanage Projects
Our orphanage projects in Ghana are based in Cape Coast and villages
in the surrounding areas. You can help in homes for Children aged
1-5 or orphanages that look after children aged 6-18.
If you would like to work with younger children, you will be based
at a children’s home in Wawase-Twifo Aramakwamoano, which
is about an hour away from our centre in Cape Coast.
The principal, Micheal Sikansuo, founded the orphanage in 2006
with four children. Since then the orphanage has grown and he, and
his dedicated staff, are now responsible for 55 children.
The orphanage would like to take on more children, and there are
many more children in need, but the orphanage is severely limited
in the number of children it can look after by its lack of suitable
accommodation. Currently the orphanage only has four rooms, two
for the staff and two for the children.
There are only two teachers who look after the 55 children so you
can appreciate why they need help. Most of the children are aged
1-5 years old so your daily tasks will include:
- Bathing and getting the children ready for school
- Helping to teach the children English
- Helping with play sessions
- Putting the children down for their naps
- Helping with meal times
- Arts and crafts with the children
- School trips and weekend visits
The building is in a bad state of disrepair and is desperate need
of external funding. The facilities for the children are very basic
and any donation of toys, puzzles, books crayons etc. will be appreciated.
Working hours will be from 8 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.
Those interested in working with older children, or those combining
an orphanage project with one of our work experience project will
be working at a children’s home on the outskirts of Cape Coast.
Many of the children in the orphanage are from the rural agricultural
communities around Cape Coast and Takoradi. HIV and AIDS have had
an impact on the area but so have economic conditions. Many of the
farming families exist on a subsistence basis, trading what surplus
they have in local markets. However, some are having difficulty
supporting their children and so send them to orphanages so that
they can be educated.
The orphanage will has between 50 and 60 little ones to care for
but only a handful of dedicated staff. This means that the staff
don’t always have time to spend time with, or pay attention
to, individual children. This is something that you can help with
very easily. This may involve playing games, sports and helping
them develop interests. You might start an art club, get them interested
in nature, put on a play or simply run around chasing a ball.
The older children will go to school during the day so you will
be busiest after school. During the day, you will be looking after
the younger ones. In the afternoons, the older children come home
from school so you will be helping with their homework and organising
after school activities. At the end of July the children have school
holidays so they'd like some help during the day to run a summer
programme of activities.
This could include taking them to the beach or getting involved
teaching them sports or drama.
Your role will include:
- Organising after school clubs and activities
- Helping the children with homework
- Taking the children on trips to the beach or nearby national
- Helping with the younger children during the day
Working hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday.
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All costs shown above are for one month. Additional months can
be added for £495.
You choose your dates for teaching, orphanage, journalism and medical
placements but spaces throughout the year are limited so reserve
your space now.
Why are some dates cheaper than others?
Our pricing policy explained.