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.‭