OrphanAid Africa &  the Ayenyah Community

OA Foster Family Community

In the village of Ayenyah, Ghana, OrphanAid Africa has established several foster families and a community center to provide support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

The structures are built in local materials and the site operates on ecological principles.

OA was honored to be the recipient of the Natura Award for Ecology in 2005 for the ecological aspects of the project, including it’s use of solar and wind energy, and the use of local materials to construct the buildings.

The OA foster family homes were built in response to the need for OVC care to evolve in family units providing permanent foster care for those children that cannot be immediately resettled with their extended families or adopted.  The children are grouped into self-contained family houses, where a specially trained foster mother takes care of a maximum of 6 children.  It is our intention to offer children the permanent love, protection and care that a child would usually receive in a family setting.  The community also contains a rehabilitation centre for children with special needs, which also offers short-term care for children in need of temporary care and protection, as well as a permaculture farm with the goal of depending less on external funding for nutritional needs.

Thanks to OA, the local residents benefit from the OA Community Center, including a school with the capacity to educate all the children from the surrounding area, a cultural resource and adult education centre, as well as a health clinic.

The Foster Families are located on a 21-acre plot of land near Ayenyah village with the school and center situated in the village itself.  Ayenyah is about 50 kilometers North East of Accra and near the predominantly rural community of Dodowa, the capital town of the Dangme West District of Ghana. Ayenyah is also about 20 kilometers from Agormenya, the epicenter of the Aids epidemic in Ghana. A component of the activities carried out by OA seek to address some of the socio-economic problems of the Ayenyah community.