Mrs Love-Grace Ahlijah, Managing Director, Shelter for Abused Children and the Junior Girls Correctional Centre at Osu, has appealed to the Government to provide the facility with an infirmary and a basic school.
She said the Osu Remand Home, which serves as a reform centre for remand children, as well as shelter for abused children, had three units; centre for remand girls, centre for remand boys and the shelter home.
She said the facility did not have any formal school and considering their operations sometimes they were not able to quickly trace the relatives of the children, hence, the provision of a basic school would enable the children have access to education whiles their relatives were being traced.
Mrs Ahlijah made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sideline of a visit to the facility by members of the Rehabilitation-Integration International (RRI).
As part of the visit, the RRI donated items such as assorted drinks, bread, toiletries, detergents and sanitary pads; and an undisclosed amount of money.
The fact- finding visit, was also to enable the RRI find the needs of the Centre as well as how to find means of collaboration with authorities to be able to get the right resources to help the centre.
Mrs Ahlijah said some of the challenges the facility was facing were healthcare issues, feeding and funding.
She said a major challenge they faced was the delay in the release of remittance from government for the upkeep of the children.
She said that due to financial constraints they had to rely on the support of benevolent organisations periodically, and added that, the challenges worsen if these organisations did not respond to their calls.
Madam Matilda Baffour-Awuah, Executive Director of RRI also told GNA that the RRI was made up of people who had retired from the public service and were committed to helping the underprivileged and vulnerable persons in the Society to enable them to have better lives.
She said the NGO was ready to help with their training and skills development, healthcare, and future resettlement through collaboration with both private and public agencies who shared RRI’s vision and mission.
Madam Baffour-Awuah said women played a significant role in society and with regards to the development of the girl-child, it was appropriate to ensure they were given the right opportunities so they could take up the mantle in future.
She said with regards to the remand home most of them were coming from very deprived homes and they might not have had an equal playing field with the rest of the children outside.
RRI ‘s vision is to assist the vulnerable and underprivileged in our communities to live better lives, whiles its mission; is to be committed to working closely with other stakeholders to identify, rehabilitate and reintegrate the disadvantaged in communities.
Its objectives include offering technical and vocational skills training to target populations who may be unable to go through formal education in order to make them useful citizens.
Others are to identify, rehabilitate and reintegrate the less privileged and vulnerable groups including street children and youth, ex-offenders and persons with disabilities; and to offer coaching and mentorship for children, youth and women towards a prosperous and peaceful society.