Accra, March 9, GNA – Ghana Without Orphans (GWO), a Christian movement that advocates family based care, in collaboration with some local churches have organised the ‘Foster Care Children March and Fun Fair’ at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park.
The Fun Fair was organised as part of activities marking the ‘Foster Care Month’ initiative.
The event which was sponsored by Fan Milk Ghana Limited and TV3, registered 3,200 people comprising 530 orphans, parents, pupils from the various basic schools, volunteers, among others.
The activities started with a route march from the entrance of the Efua Sutherland Park through the Liberia Road, the Ridge Roundabout, the Castle Road, then the Starlet 91 Street and back to the Park.
Activities such as bouncy castle, horse riding, face painting, musical chairs, train riding and pick and act games were undertaken to entertain the children
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), on the sideline of the event, Reverend George Abaidoo, the National Coordinator for GWO said parents at as well as churches should develop interest in fostering and adoption.
He said there was the need to promote foster care, explaining that it had been the Ghanaian culture where our traditional family setting took care of the orphans and vulnerable children in society.
Rev Abaidoo said the lack of funds had been their major challenge and thus appealed to benevolent individuals, churches and the government to support their activities
Reverend Kwame Ameyibor, Pastor at the Presby Church, Accra Newtown Congregation also told GNA that there were a lot of children who could have been on the streets but the concept of foster parenting had play a major role in ensuring that the welfare of orphans is being catered for.
He said children should not be fostered to serve as house helps, saying that since the churches had no homes it would be difficult for them to foster, but rather the churches should be encouraged to lead the advocacy by sensitizing members to foster orphans.
Rev Ameyibor, who is also a foster parent commended GWO for the project and was hopeful that this laudable programme would catch up with all and sundry, to understand the concept of foster care.
The GWO’s initiative covers children who had been abused, neglected, homeless and the exploited
GWO has chosen the whole month of March every year to give fostered children the opportunity to share their story and show their gratitude to their foster parent as well encourage local families to adopt and integrate the orphaned and abandoned children in their communities.
The Foster Care Month Initiative is also supported by 12 African countries within the West Africa sub region, all dedicated in providing love, hope and a sense of belonging to orphans and vulnerable children within the Christian family environment