According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the adolescence stage is concerned with children between ages 10-19 years. During this period, they go through a lot of stress and strain and encounter a series of developmental challenges. The situation with former refugees and some with no parental care further compounds the issue.
The over twenty (20) years of exile life strongly supports the evidence that most of these young ones were either brought to Ghana at a tender age or were born at the Buduburam Refugee Settlement. For this reason, the majority of them have either weak or no connecting families in Liberia. This and many more individual reasons including feedback from those who returned into exile from Liberia has been the main reason to continue to keep former refugees in exile.
At the Settlement, they survive at the mercy of well-wishers daily. Education has become a privilege to some of them hence increasing the number of street children loitering around. Some are therefore being gradually influenced to involve in bad habits such as Commercial sex activities, petty theft, and drug abuse.
These children are our target beneficiaries for which we are seeking funding to help them since they are innocent, less experienced, with no good parental care. Besides, our philosophy is “no dead-end kid” in other words; all children regardless of tribe, religious background, or gender must be given all necessary support to actualize their fullest potential. By doing so, we, as people would be grooming assets to help minimize human resource waste.
Considering all these facts, and taking into consideration that, counseling is one of our core areas of service, we have initiated an effort to give more importance to issues concerning the adolescent age group with regards to skills acquisition as well as their social lives. We do so believing that it is one of the important modality of treatment for the adolescent-related problems. Your support in a variety of ways and regardless of size; will be appreciated, well utilized, and accounted for.