Where We Serve
Ghana, West Africa
AKWAABA! (Welcome) greets visitors as they arrive at the airport in the capital city of Accra. In 1957, Ghana (formed from the merger of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory) became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain it's independence. Today, it is one of the most thriving democracies on the African continent. It has often been referred to as an, “island of peace” in one of the most chaotic regions on earth. The latest and most enduring democratic experiment started in 1992.
In 2004, Point Hope began working with refugees from many other countries who found refuge in Ghana. Today, we work along side refugees and Ghanians who are vulnerable. Currently, Point Hope is working within several small villages that have a multitude of crisis situations and refugees.
Refugee Camps in West Africa
Although it is no longer considered an, "official" refugee camp, the Buduburam settlement is still home to over 20,000 refugees. The settlement was originally a retreat center located on 140 acres, intended for use by approximately 400 persons. In 1999, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) worked with the Ghanaian government to establish the settlement. That lead to bringing in tents and putting up other buildings as well. The end result made space for approximately 5,000 refugees. In short order, the refugee population approached an estimated 82,000.
Point Hope currently works in three refugee camps situated in West Africa. We provide medical assistance, education, nutrition and other much-needed assistance.
Point Hope believes all children deserve a safe, happy life. We have done a lot of work with refugee and impoverished children in West Africa and we continue to support that mission. Our goal, however, is to be the “Voice for Forgotten Children” which includes the 463,000 American children in foster care here in the United States. Delilah, the founder of Point Hope, adopted three children out of the foster care system and they have a forever home, a forever family, with her.
We do not anticipate that everyone will find adoption is the answer, but we are confident that time and caring is a response all can give!