There are children living in all sanctuaries and Ghettoes. Most of them are granddaughters helping their grandmothers in exile, sometimes younger women are accompanied by their own children. Most of the time the children are left at the husbands home and are separated from the mother even in very young age.
In Gambaga Simon Ngota’s former “Gambaga Outcast Home Project” was able to enroll al children at school. School-uniforms and food had to be provided. The son of one woman had achieved secondary school which made all of the women very proud. We want to send all children at the sanctuaries and ghettoes to school and provide a good education for them. This means also to raise a generation with close bonds to witch-hunt victims and a high awareness for their problems. At Gushiegu Camp a 4-5 year old girl, Zafira, is the only child permanently present.
In town several children are living with their grandmothers.
This child “passed out” and took a nap in the shade of a brick-hut in Kpatinga.
This woman married again in Gushiegu which is an accepted way out of the homes. Sometimes marriage is taken as an indicator for the attitude of neighbouring communities toward the women accused of witchcraft.
This mother has just died. She suffered from a chronical disease (TB likely) and relied on her daughter as a carrier. We registered her in May and sent her to hospital but she interrupted antibiotic treatment because of side-effects. In future, we want to guide the women to the hospital and explain her the treatment and the importance of taking the full course.
Water is the most important issue in Gushiegu Camp. We aim at applying for a borehole but don’t put high hopes into an unlikely success. It is quicker to get canisters and wheelbarrows to improve transport from a nearby borehole – so far mostly out of reach for the weaker and elderly women. A small budget will enable those women to buy water there – 10 Litres are 10 Pence. More nearby is a waterhole prone to water-borne diseases like river-blindness and parasites.
- In Ghanas Cities such pictures are common. Plastic waste, used oil and batteries can be found everywhere. Sadly Plasticbags have replaced Banana-leaves entirely and are now blocking gutters everywhere in Ghana, causing diseases and smell. Nonetheless: In general grey water is far more clean than western grey water, contaminated with chemicals of all kind. In Ghana grey water mostly consists of suds and can easily be used to water trees. We would like to use grey water in the sanctuaries to water Pawpaw-Trees and Passion-Fruits. The major problem is roaming goats.