The history of GhanAid
All that remains from what was until 2011, Tomo - Ni children's home, is a gang of little (and big) rascals who all of the former volunteers have learned to love dearly. After the closure of the home, we set ourselves the goal to care for the former residents of the home. This involves raising money for their essentials such as education, food, medical needs and clothing, but also means maintaining regular contact with all of the children, so that we are able to guarantee their well-being and monitor their progress and ensure the money raised is being well spent.
To start at the beginning, our story begins in 1997 when "Tomo - Ni" was founded as a children's home and orphanage by German initiators in Obomeng, Ghana. It opened its doors later that same year. Obomeng is a peaceful and quiet village on tableland in the beautiful Kwahu-Region approximately 200 Km away from the capital city of Accra. The vision for Tomo-Ni was to create as a safe environment in which street and orphan children who were born into especially poor circumstances would be able to find a home where they would be fed and sheltered, and given the chance to go to school or receive the financial support and encouragement required to undertake an apprenticeship. Many of the children spent a large proportion of their life on the mountain in Tomo - Ni; Ruth for example, who arrived as a toddler and remained until the closure of the home in her teens.
Tomo - Ni means "togetherness", as the children explained to us when asked about the origin of the curious sounding name. Through all of the highs and lows which followed the foundation of the home, the children shared these experiences together and were bonded through these shared moments. Their unity gave the name a real resonance.
Today, the home no longer exists. What happened? It was an complex interplay of political, financial and personal upheavals between German organisers, local government and individuals which eventually led to the closure of the home- despite a fight waged by the volunteers at the time. Left behind and without a contingency care plan in place were the 20 or so children and adolescents, for whom Tomo - Ni had been a home for many years. A lot of difficult changes and challenges were to come for the "Children of Tomo - Ni".
Since the closure most of the children have found residency with friends, relatives or are now attend boarding schools. Sadly, not all of them are living in appropriate environments or conditions despite our best efforts.
The children had once explained to us the meaning of "Tomo - Ni" and now we mean to help "our children" to cope and deal with the challenges that they now face, and to let them know, with more than simply words, that we have understood the meaning of "togetherness": solidarity.
To provide for more than 20 children satisfactorily, we do need your help, which is why we decided to found this charity.
We would like to thank everyone in advance who is interested in supporting our cause.