In 2006 two children's homes were built and occupied. We believe native family style homes are important, so each home has Ghanaian house parents to nurture and teach the children in their native setting. Today we have four homes total, two on the Living Hope compound and two outside in surrounding villages. The children that arrive at Living Hope are usually abandoned babies, orphans, or children that have ran away from their families. The children are brought to Living Hope by the Social Welfare Services. While the children are at Living Hope, Social Welfare tries to find the family of the children to reunite the family and children. If that is unsuccessful the children are eligible for adoption. While they are in Living Hope's care, they attend Living Hope Academy for their education.
In 2006 the need for Christian education was recognized for the children in the homes. A school building was constructed and Living Hope Academy was ready for students in 2007. Today the school has approximately grown to approximately 400 students in grades Nursery through Grade 9. The school has approximately 35 native teachers and staff. Living Hope does have a volunteer from the US that lives on the compound and serves as director. He meets with the school admin on a weekly basis or when necessary. In order to have local representation of the school there is a local native school board that helps make decisions. The emphasis in the school is on Biblical teaching. Curriculum and activities include Bible classes, daily Bible memory exercises, as well as other activities such as a worship service on Wednesday morning. The school does have a canteen where the children are served a meal for lunch.
Village Baby is a program where babies are brought to Living Hope every Friday by their parents or caretaker to receive formula. The need for formula arises when a mother does not have enough breastmilk, or the mother passed away and the child is being raised by another family member who cannot afford formula for the baby. This program allows the babies to be properly cared for by their families. Poverty is a serious issue in Ghana and the results are often seen in babies and young children. There are times this program actually saves the lives of babies since the family or caretakers simply cannot buy the needed formula to feed the baby. This program consists not only of supplying formula for babies but also includes a worship service and any counseling that is requested.
The HIV clinic is a bi-weekly program where HIV patients come to receive medicines. The program begins with a worship service and then the medicines are administered by nurses. We also do offer counseling to the patients.
We are able to do weekly visits to the local prison for Bible studies. Each year at Christmas we will provide a meal for each inmate. There are approximately 2500 inmates in the prison.
Our staff does evangelis crusades in surrounding villages. We have helped plant and disciple churches in some of the remote villages. We are currently reaching out to the village of Chillinga in northern Ghana. We also do some evanwork outside of Ghana. Currently we are doing outreach and church planting in the country of Cote d'Ivoire due to the need and requests we received. Our staff makes numerous trips per year to Cote d'Ivoire to evangelize, baptize, disciple new believers, and help plant churches.
Many different vegetables and fruits are grown on the property. We grow corn, sweet corn, tomatoes, cassava, peppers, pineapples, plantains, coconuts, mangoes, bananas, and oranges. As for animals we raise pigs, sheep, rabbits and broiler chickens. These are used among the homes and also taken to market.