When victims are referred to us, we give immediate protection and follow-up to see if there is a family member or a close person willing to take care of the child/woman, whiles the case is being investigated.
Whiles with us, victim is taken through Family Life Education. Domestic violence victims are allowed to stay with us for a minimum of period of 6months and a maximum of 18months where they are empowered economically and psychologically. Children within school going age are enrolled in school up to the tertiary level where they can easily work and settle as responsible members in the society. They therefore enter into Teacher Training Institutions, Nursing schools, Security services E.g. Police Service, Prisons and Fire Services etc.
The Potters Village work by accepting referrals from:
- Department of Social Welfare
- Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs
- Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG)
- Traditional rulers
- Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU)
- Commission on Human Right and Adminitrative Justice (CHRAJ)
- Self referrals etc.
The Potter’s Village is a real home where we treat every child as our own and give them the kind of care and attention every parent would give to their children. This makes us unique and distinguishes us from other children’s homes in Ghana. Alongside our institutional care, we provide counseling support and life success coaching to ensure the holistic development of our children. Additionally, we undertake marriage counseling and public education programmes to members of various communities in order to forestall the incidence of family disintegration which is a major source of vulnerability among children and women.
Despite the commendable strides we have made in the last fifteen years, we acknowledge the need to take certain strategic initiatives that will improve our work and also open fresh avenues for greater impact. In this regard, we have set out a new strategic plan which provides a clear framework for enhancing the core aspects of our work, particularly in the areas of domestic care, education, child protection and women empowerment.
In line with our strategic thrust, we have started work on a number of projects which include the following:
- Bakery Business: This is an income-generating project which was started in the first quarter of 2016 with sponsorship from the Stokecity Football Club, UK. The funds provided by Stoke City enabled us to rent a shop, purchase gas oven, ingredients and other supplies we needed to start the bakery business. Currently this project is running smoothly but with limited capacity. Therefore, we intend to seek further support to enable us secure the following items:
- • Rolling machine
- • Mixing machine
- • Delivery van, etc.
- Provision of Special Education (from nursery to tertiary level): This is aimed at meeting the educational needs of children from broken homes who usually find it difficult to undergo training in the conventional educational system due to their peculiar circumstances. Currently, we are running our own school starting from nursery to junior high school (JHS) in accordance with standards set by Ghana Education Service (GES). Our future plan is to expand the school to the tertiary level.
- Construction of a multipurpose home (Shelter), which is designed to comprise a classroom block, administration unit, assembly hall, computer laboratory, staff and volunteers’ house and children’s dormitories. This project has already started and is estimated to cost about USD 1.6 million. This is being financed by donations from our friends and partners in Ghana, USA and other countries. This project is progressing slowly due to insufficiency of funds.
- Agric Business: We have acquired 13 acres of land which we intend to use for the cultivation of various food crops, such as maize, cassava, plantain, etc. Additionally, we intend to use part of the land for keeping of livestock and other farming activities. All of these form part of our efforts to become financially self-sustaining in the future.