Following an initial exploratory visit to Ghana in May 2016 by Charles Abbey (Senior Executive Africa and Haiti Programs) a two member team from Holt International, a US based organization visited Ghana again to among other things engage with government officials on Ghana’s accession to the Hague Convention which takes effect on January 1, 2017, to find out from government when the moratorium on Inter Country Adoptions would finally be lifted and the way forward, to further build relationships with the Central Adoptions Authority and other stakeholders and to confirm Holt’s intent of operating in Ghana.
The team took the opportunity to explore possible orphanages to partner with in the future (including partnership for Child Nutrition Programs) and explore other potential partnership opportunities with other NGOs.
It was as a result of this that, the Holt team, made of Charles Abbey (Senior Executive Africa and Haiti Programs) and Michael Gene Noah (Director of Services) together with Charles Othniel Abbey (Ag.Executive Director, ADP) and Solomon Okai (Programs Assistant) took a working visit to some Orphanages, Training Centres and Special Schools in southern Ghana to ascertain possible partnerships in the future.
Amongst the places visited where the Royal Seed Orphange housing over 500 Orphans, Crystal Garden Institute, a Training Centre for women to acquire employable skills in the Central Region. In the Eastern Region the team visited the Mampong School for the Deaf and Prince Immanuel School premises. Team ADP also presented their program for assessment by the Holt Team.
Bethany Global Services Ghana Office was also engaged to explore and develop working relations since they are positioned to partner with local organizations and churches in a variety of ways to serve orphans, vulnerable children, and families in need.
Holt International works toward a vision of the world where every child has a loving and secure home by developing and supporting initiatives in three sequential pronged approaches. The first which is Family Strengthening seeks to prevent child abandonment, Caring for Homeless Children as the second pillar and providing Adoption Services as the third.
The Hague Convention seeks to regulate how adoptions are done within and between countries.
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