From Shalom Orphanage to support in the family

In the summer of 2010 Susanna built up the orphanage Shalom Orphanage in the small village of Kofi Ansah out in the Ghana's countryside. Up to 2013, when Terese came in the picture, Suanna ran the orphanage by herself.
In early 2015, big troubles arose in the village Kofi Ansah and at the orphanage. Living and running such a project in a small village far out in Ghana's countryside has its difficulties, but in 2016 the problems reached a whole new level. The culture and approach that prevails here is very different to what we are used to in Sweden and basically impossible to understand if one does not live in the middle of it.

For five years, tremendous contribution was made to development both in the village of Kofi Ansah, in the orphanage and for our children there. Through the years, we have developed our strength and knowleadge about Ghana and the culture. Thanks to this, we have been able to do everything we have done over the years at the orphanage, which has benefited the children fully.  Though, the way of leading the project in Kofi Ansah was not accepted by the village. The stronger our role in the orphanage became, and the fact that we chose to expand our involvement outside the orphanage and the village with further projects for children and young people, the more the village chiefs and other parties involved wanted to get control. This was clearly demonstrated by physical and mental attacks, burglary, theft and threats. To give over the entire control to the village was not an option. It wouldn’t have benefit the orphanage or the children. In the end it led to them no longer wanting us there.

In the spring of 2015, we left Kofi Ansah for good and started working to find alternative solutions for the children at the orphanage. We wanted to continue supporting them on their way to a brighter future. The work with the children from Kofi Ansah is now continuing through our activities in Together as One together.