The National Coordinator of Ghana Without Orphans, (GWO), Pastor. George Abaidoo, has noted, the cry of orphans for peace, particularly, in an election year, is strong and more passionate.
According to him, orphans had nowhere to go and little children were mostly left destitute in cases of conflicts and electoral mishaps, thus, it behooved on all people in authority to ensure that the country enjoyed peaceful general elections come December 7th of this year.
The National Coordinator made these comments at a recent GWO and Friends Meeting held in Accra, to update stakeholders on activities, successes chalked and some challenges facing the organization and programs put in place for the rest of the year.
He noted that, on September 17th, of this year, the movement will be holding a Peace March and Children Funfair, on the theme, “Defend the Cause of the Fatherless (Isaiah 1:17)”, as part of activities to commemorate its Orphan Care Initiatives.
He said, the event will see orphans and a number of vulnerable children appeal to government, political parties and the general public about the need for peace before, during and after the elections; adding that, the event will also create public awareness about the vulnerability of children in times of civil war.
“the event will also mobilize churches, cooperate bodies, civil society and masses to sensitize them about orphan cries in Ghana and the Orphan Sunday celebration on every second Sunday in November,” he added.
Pastor Abaidoo also noted that the movement will be launching the Alliance for West Africa Without Orphans on September 29th at the Evangel Assemblies of God Church in Accra, during its International Pastors and Ministers Conference (IPMC Ghana 2016).
“The event will advocate that fostering of orphans and abandoned children by local families are better than orphanages that have not created a family-like environment for these children. Being raised in orphanages affects these children by failing to give them a sense of belonging; they grow with the knowledge of being orphans because of the absence of parental figures,” he added.
He therefore called on all stakeholders to get involved and assist the movement mobilize a target of 1,000 local churches, NGOs and government leaders and sensitize them of the Foster Care Initiative with an aim of inspiring them to observe it annually in March.
He said the movement also needed to mobilize basic needs like scholarship materials, clothes, shoes and the likes for a target of 1,000 orphans and therefore called on companies, organizations and philanthropists to come around and support the various programs.
Ghana Without Orphans (GWO) is a offshoot of World Without Orphans, an international movement that advocates for churches to encourage families to adopt or foster orphaned and vulnerable children Ghana. It is an initiative to mobilize key stakeholders to engage in dialogue, strategizing and implementing family base care rather than institutionalized care.