Orphans and Vulnerable Children program
The 'Orphans and Vulnerable Children' (OVC) program might be our biggest so far. Since orphans are not the only less deprived children in our society we include children whose education can not be guaranteed by their parents because of various reasons. In fact, the families of most of the small ones in our program lost their major income because of the death, handicap or absence of a care-taker and can therefore no longer ensure the education for their daughters and sons. Firm Lifeline Ministries wants to take care of and support as many of these children as somehow possible to save them from inevitable poverty and teach them all the necessary skills for a self-determined life.
Our first part of the OVC program are Extra Classes. Over 230 Children in 6 locations receive additional lessons in the afternoon. This is a big opportunity for them, for they have nobody to support them with their homework or their general learning process. They do not only gain knowledge, but experience true support in every possible issue by our care-takers. We supply them with the needed materials for school such as books and writing materials as well as footwear, school uniforms and schoolbags. To not forget about their health, Firm Lifeline Ministries takes care of their health insurance, too. This way they are able to keep up with their schoolmates to get the same opportunities in their lives that we would like everyone to have.
The second part of the OVC program is our boarding center in Jirapa. At the moment, there are 30 children living and learning in the building right next to their school. Firm Lifeline Ministries takes holistic care of them. They life together as a family and acquire all the abilities you need in life next to their basic education. We take care of every aspect - including their school fees, learning materials and food.
Sponsoring of Senior High School students
Our vision of creating firm lifelines depends on continuous support in every step of a growing human. It is therefore a logical consequence, that children that complete Junior High School in the OVC program can get a sponsorship for their former education in Senior High School. While getting more and more autonomous, members of the program can still rely on financial support to concentrate on their individual way of building up their own firm lifeline.
Livelihood Skills Trainings
A big problem in the Ghanaian society is the high unemployment rate. Especially women suffer because of a missing regular income. This can be caused by many reasons: The death or absence of the formerly working member of the family, lack of education and practical skills and many more. We therefore organize Livelihood Skills Trainings to teach citizens and especially women abilities that will help them to find a job or start their own private businesses. Examples are Soap-Making and Cloth-Dying Workshops. During these programs the focus lies not only on the teaching itself, they serve as a basis for interchange between the participants as well. They can share useful thoughts and tricks for their individual problems, help each other and build up important connections.
Batik Tie and Dye
A long-term disease will always deprive you of a lot of possibilities in life. There are therefore workshops organized to reimpower victims of such diseases to teach them livelihood skills as well as creating a basis for mutual help and connections. A very important parts of such programs is always the elucidation about the concerned diseases.
Especially in the northern part of Ghana, a lot of schools do not have sufficient teaching and learning materials. Especially ICT facilities can be scarcely seen, so that the lessons are mainly theoretically. We want to support education in this area because it experiences a massive growth and development and we believe in its potential to raise the living standards of the whole society. A Computer Lab was established in a School in Jirapa, which is running very well. Our volunteers report big steps in the students' development in the work with Computers. We are very delighted about that and are looking forward to establish two more Computer Labs in Zebilla and Wenchi.