The Reintegration Team of Braveaurora have in this week been engaged in the assessment and profiling of reunited children from the Sawla Children's Home. This is a major stride in our goal to adequately document and assess the lives of reunified children in Northern Ghana. Under the activity, contacts are made with the children and their caregivers to ascertain their general living conditions and feelings about the reunification. Twenty two children and adolescents are currently assessed by the team with support from Department of Social Welfare officers in the district. The exercise has taken the team to neighboring towns and communities where the children presently reside.
Donnerstag, 29. Juni 2017
To set the ball rolling on Unicef's funded Social History and Post-reunification Stories of Children, BA in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare organised a one-day sensitisation Workshop for stakeholders in child protection. The workshop brought together experts from Unicef, the Department of Social Welfare, NGOs and Residential Homes for Children. The event aimed at introducing participants to the project and learning and sharing best practices in reintegration. With the buy-in obtained from stakeholders during the programme, BA will now move forward to locate, assess and document the lives of children reunified by DSW to emerge with a document that will inform future reunifications. Snapshots of the session are shared below;
Mittwoch, 7. Juni 2017
About three weeks ago I, Rici, arrived in Guabuliga. It took me about two weeks to get in touch with a lot of new people, to get to know the community norms and rules and I learned how to greet everyone in a proper way. Greeting is very important for Ghanaians. Sometimes they visit each other just to greet or to ask after someone.
I'm here in Guabuliga to do my internship in social work. I first got in touch with Braveaurora through my University in Linz. I knew from the first moment that I wanted to spend some months in the beautiful village. Since I arrived, we started to implement a new project. Braveaurora established a partnership with UNICEF and is therefore responsible for whole northern Ghana to do a research on reintegrated children. Since the previous week we are testing questionnaires, prepared from UNICEF, to become acquainted with their work and to learn how to improve our collaboration. Next week a workshop will take place in Kumasi from another organisation called Challenging Heights. This organisation is already working in this area of well being and research on reintegrated children and their extended families. I'll get the chance to join this workshop and will keep you up to date about it next week.
|Finally arrived in our compound|
|In the field doing the research|
Samstag, 6. Mai 2017
Lydia and Ziblim are members of our Sanitation Committee. They occasionally embark on cleanup exercises around the community. With them, two volunteers and their natural followers - the children - a clean-up exercise was organised early in the morning on Saturday. Waste was collected in parts of the community using drums to mobilize more children. In the end, the kids were singing to entertain and motivate themselves.
The result was a neat area without rubber and other plastic waste. 😊
Freitag, 5. Mai 2017
On Sunday, the 23rd of April, we welcomed a group of Austrian students to project site in Guabuliga. To acquaint themselves with our work, four students made the journey from Southern Ghana to our small village in Northern Ghana. The students are conducting a research for their studies at the Art University in Linz and they are enjoying their educational journey in Ghana. A day after their arrival, a visit was paid to our honored chief to introduce the guests. As a mark of tradition and to demonstrate the joy in receiving them, Chief gifted the team a fowl. They were so excited about the hospitality and enjoyed the sumptious chicken meal for supper.
Mittwoch, 12. April 2017
Last week the social workers and the Young Ambassadors visited the little community of Takouka to talk about the disadvantages of orphanages. Two former orphans and some parents reported about their personal experience with institutional care for children. The first thing we noticed when we arrived in Takouka was that the area around the village was really neat. You could hardly see rubber or waste in general as other villages are characterised with. Community members told us about how an NGO helped their sanitisation by educating and supporting them in the construction of latrines.
The community was really thankful and curious to get information about the volunteer-business and had many questions for the YAP team.
Samstag, 1. April 2017
The carpenters, bakers and weavers practiced for several weeks towards their exam. In Guabuliga, you could smell the aroma of bread and the loud sounds of hammers and saws were early to hear. On Monday, the 27th of March, the bakers and carpenters had their big exam. Two experts arrived already on Sunday in Guabuliga to examine them. The carpenters got eight hours per day to finish their beds. The bakers baked four different types of bread. It was a frantic time. Everyone was in a rush and didn't seem prepared enough.
On Tuesday, the weavers started very early. It was 4.30 am when we heard the sound of their looms. It took time to finish the fabrics but they did well. The carpenters required more time to finish, but in the end they built four very nice beds.