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OrphanAid Africa speaks out on Anas Aremeyaw’s report on orphanages in Ghana

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OrphanAid Africa speaks out on Anas Aremeyaw’s report on orphanages in Ghana

OrphanAid Africa would like to react to the recent Anas Aremeyaw Anas report on conditions in orphanages in Ghana. The board, management and staff of OrphanAid Africa applaud the investigative journalist for uncovering the horrific abuse of children in Ghana’s orphanages.

Orphanages are not a culturally appropriate or sustainable solution for caring for children. Children need to grow up in families and with a permanent bond of care and affection that no orphanage can provide. OrphanAid Africa rescues children from orphanages and supports poor families to care for their children. We believe that poverty is not a reason for separating children from their families.

OrphanAid Africa is aware of the existence of 148 orphanages in Ghana, and has data on children living in 95 of these orphanages.Approximately 85%, of the children in orphanages in Ghana are not orphans and have living family.

We have been energetically advocating for these children to be resettled with their extended families, instead of been confined to orphanages. Orphanages are often a cover for child trafficking and abuse. Most Western nations stopped the use of orphanages long ago, preferring the use of extended family care and foster care.

Since2005 OrphanAid Africa has stopped supporting orphanages and focused all its activities on resettling children with their extended family. We sincerely hope that these revelation will encourage all Ghanaians to s rather support programmes that resettle children in their families. Poverty alone should never be a reason for confining a child to an orphanage.

OrphanAid Africa will hold a press conference at the Press Centre in Accra on Wednesday September 8 to address the issue.

Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.



  1. pilot

    September 7, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    it’s really sad if for no fault of yours, you have to live on earth without real parents to show you instinctive love. From personal experience, i have seen what it’s like to wake up everyday knowing you have to force to live with relatives and not your biological parents. These children need to be strengthen mentally because deep inside then the know the are “alone”.Right from the word go, they have an impression of the world that tells them they are not worth it.
    Seeing the documentary from Anas was heart troubling, the blame game won’t help anybody, human beings by their nature adapt to situations and what the nannies did is only half their fault. The real problem should be looked at as a systematic failure. Anas exposed the shady dealings with the illegal smuggling of cocoa and the courts won’t even call him to come testify.
    In certain light’s i’d say it will take time for every Ghanaian to reach a stage of self education where he will demand that government play it’s role.
    The calm and hospitable nature which we have all been raise up with has the effect of making us “leave everything to God”
    Resettling of orphaned children like what OrphaAid is doing must be encouraged because it will at least make orphans feel like they’re growing up in homes.
    The average Ghanaian will one day realize that, the people we put in positions to influence our generation have been taking us for rides.The way forward is for Social welfare to admit it’s lapses and let the people know on a weekly basis what it’s doing to avert such a situation again.

  2. A parent

    September 8, 2010 at 6:35 am

    So where is the money going that the Adoption Agencies are paying to Ghana officals to adopt out healthy infants to wealthy Caucausian Americans?
    Aren’t they putting this back into the care of the children or into their pockets?
    Oh that’s right it is a “pilot program” and the agencies can deal directly with the birth parents in an open independant adoption.
    Some of the babies are leaving Ghana as young as 5-6 months old, which tells me they are being sold while they are still in the womb.
    Ghana show some responsibilty to your children, train them and help them to become productive members of society. Create a foster care system so the children can stay with their culture.

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