Our vision as a charity is to help raise the next generation of Ghanaians to be self-confident, self-sufficient and successful.
We will serve this mission by providing financial support, infrastructure, and income generating projects for the homes and communities we serve. Within the first ten years of operating it is our vision that all children living in a home we sponsor will have a clean bed, clothes to wear, and nutritious food to eat. They shall have protein in their diet and will be fed 3 times per day. They will have a safe and clean structure to live in, with clean safe and working bathing facilities, and a community area to eat and work together. Each child will have health insurance and medications for illnesses they encounter
For those communities we support, it is our vision that all the vulnerable children are attending school with the proper books, uniform, supplies and with their school and meal fees paid. In the future we would like to supply health insurance to all the children of Tsito. As a long-term project, we would like to fund a library/community center where children can study learn and be tutored. The key to future success is education.
Our long-term goal (10 year) is to build a fund to provide secondary education to all the children we support. Secondary education will allow our children the opportunity to build a career for themselves beyond farming or sewing. These low-income jobs that are common in Ghana, but don’t provide opportunity for growth and financial security. With the addition of secondary education, these children will grow into adults who have the potential to make a more sustainable income. This will ensure they can provide for their families. When the family unit is supported and secure, the need for child labor decreases and future generations have the opportunity to remain in school.
Missahoe orphanage was started by Mama Mawusi Dotse in 2003. The founder never planned on owning an orphanage. Mama Mawusi was visiting Kpando on holiday when she heard crying very late at night outside her building. She went outside to find two young boys abandoned, alone, and crying for help. She immediately took them into her custody for the night. In the morning she brought the two boys to social services, who confirmed the boys had been abandoned by their parents and were in need of care. When asked, mama Mawusi agreed to take the two boys into her care.
In the coming weeks Mawusi registered the boys for school, and on the first day they attended they came back with six other children who were homeless and wanted to go to school. After bringing those children to social services they again asked Mawusi to take the children into her care, and so Missahoe orphanage began. As word got around, more and more children were brought to the home by social services as well as by families who could no longer care for the children.
Each time family or personnel from social services brought another child to Mawusi, she accepted them, helped them adjust and showed them love. As time went on the children in Mawusi’s care began to report being teased at school for being orphaned and in need of special care. Because the children reported not feeling a part of the school community, Mawusi worked to build her own community and there the Missahoe Montessori school was imagined. As Mawusi began with the school, it caught the attention of many of the people in the surrounding villages. These people begged Mawusi to allow their children to attend the school as well. Reluctantly, Mawusi agreed.
Today, the school houses approximately 400 children daily. School fees are paid by some and not by others. Mawusi does not turn away the children who can not pay. Instead she pledges to help them become more than their parents. She supports the vision of a generation of educated and successful children. Mawusi believes all children deserve an education despite the socio-economic circumstances they are born into.
Currently the orphanage houses 37 children who Mawusi has taken into her care full time. She pledges to care for these children until they are finished with secondary school and able to financially support themselves. The children in the home have formed a family. Mawusi and the Missahoe orphanage will remain open to all the children it serves whenever they need help, love or support.
In May of 2018, while touring the Volta region in search of a home to support, founder and CEO of the Volta Children’s Foundation McKenzie and her mother Lori visited Misshahoe children’s home for the first time. There, they met with Mama Mawusi. Immediately they began to form a bond, make plans to work together and formed a partnership with the Volta Childrens Foundation and The Misshoe Orphanage and Montessori School.
Under we need your help
Bus/Van fund Tsito Educational Fund
Bus fund; Currently the children at Missahoe Orphanage walk ~3 miles to School. Because even the smallest of children go to school, the older children often have to carry the younger children and their school bags. In the rainy season when torrential downpours are common, the children often have to make a choice; walk to school and be wet and possibly cold all day or miss school for the day. Buying a bus for the Missahoe Orphanage will not only give the children a ride to school, but it will act as a form of income for the orphanage. Many people in Ghana use/borrow/rent cars to use as a Taxi for income. If Missahoe had a van, it would take the children to school
Tsito Educational fund; Tsito is a small village outside of the city of Ho, the capital of the Volta region. Tsito is one of the lesser developed villages in the region and is home to many needy children. In 2018 the 2 members of the Volta Children Foundation went to Tsito, met the children and saw the need. While visiting we also met Madame Doris and Sir Kingsley a couple who deny themselves financial security and creature comforts in order to support the children of this region. They give this support through a charity called Food for Christ. Their charity is currently supported through diantions from fiends and family. We have paired with Food for Christ to help support the children of Tsito and to give them a brighter future.
Madame Doris grew up in the village of Tsito. She was poor, she had food insecurity and she wanted something better. At the age of 12 Doris promised god and herself, that if she ever became financially able, she would support the future generations of Tsito. Doris believes all children need to be given equal rights to enable them to realize their dreams, irrespective of their backgrounds.
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