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National partner profile: Ghana

Organisation details

GIMAT Volunteer Network

Participants

Street children, orphans, school dropouts, and people who suffer from disabilities

Locations

The Klang Martulis Soccer Academy is located in a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana.

GIMAT Volunteer Network

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GIMAT Volunteer Network (GVN) is a social enterprise project that operates developmental and sports programmes in deprived communities in Ghana. They support street children, orphans, school drop-outs, and people with disabilities, by providing them the opportunity to develop new skills and access education.

Their football activities are run under the banner of Klang Martulis Soccer Academy project, which is open to street children, orphans, and school drop-outs. At the Academy, they are given education, skills development training, and football coaching.

Most of the children and young people that attend the programme face extreme poverty. They have to provide for themselves – including finding their own food and clothing – because most parents are unemployed and have no source of income. To be able to address this situation and its adverse effects, GVN organised the Klang Martulis Soccer Academy project aimed at giving children a better future. The football academy was set up to teach at-risk children football, as well as provide access to education, food, clothing, school fees, and accommodation.

GVN was founded by Martin Kwesi Asamoah in 2000 in order to eradicate the hardship faced every day by children and communities in Ghana.

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Mission statement

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GIMAT Volunteer Network use voluntary work and cultural exchange programmes to help poor communities and societies solve the problems they encounter.

“Their mission is to make sure that people, regardless of their cultural, ethnic, or racial background, live together peacefully and share resources, knowledge, and wealth.”

Goals for the future

Education

To provide children with the opportunity to develop their talents and skills, and access education, as well as to promote intercultural exchange and voluntary work

Health Education

To promote health-related programmes and to fight HIV/AIDS

Sustainability

To promote poverty reduction and sustainable agricultural development programmes

Additional information

Football Activities

Training sessions and football coaching

Non-football services

Provision of food, clothing, school fees, education, and accommodation

Country challenges

Urbanisation has driven up rates of homelessness. Domestic violence is a major cause of female and youth homelessness. Many women move to the streets, accompanied by their children, in order to escape domestic violence (GhanaWeb).

Homlessness definition

The Ghana Statistical Service defines homeless people as “people not belonging to a household,” though they also say that anyone who lives in a structure with a roof is not to be counted as homeless. Since family ties are very important to the Ghanaian concept of home, only people who cannot trace their families in addition to being roofless are considered homeless by the government or NGOs (GhanaWeb).

Homelessness Statistics

It is estimated that about 51% of Ghana’s urban residents live in slums (Cities Alliance, 2013). Youth Homelessness in Ghana is rising at an alarming rate, with 70% of homeless people under the age of 20 (GhanaWeb).

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