Compassion International assists needy children

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Compassion International Ghana (CIG), a child-focused and Christ-centered development organization disbursed a total of GH¢11,042,171 to their church partners to take care of the poor and needy children they have registered in 2012.

The figure is up from GH¢7, 210,012 in 2011, showing an increase of 53.15 per cent being support the group got from their sponsors.

Besides the support fund, sponsors also send birthday and families gifts to their sponsored children and their caregivers which also amounted to GH¢948,913, up from GH¢796.607.

The NGO also gives out complementary intervention grants which are funds disbursed for the provision of infrastructure like water and sanitation, classrooms, kitchens for child development centers and heart surgeries. In 2012, Compassion International Ghana provided GH¢1,891,960 towards the provision of these basic needs, up from GH¢1,206,797 in 2011.

The bulk of this funding went into the provision of water and sanitation in the most deprived communities Compassion operates.

At the end of the reporting period, CIG office and West Africa office had staff of 63, while indirect employment at the 145 Implementing Churches stood at 648. In all, total payroll (PAYE) paid by Ghana office staff and West Africa to the Ghana Revenue Authority as at June 2012 amounted to GH¢357,379, while withholding tax was GH¢30,212.36.

In 2012, as in previous years, most health interventions were undertaken with funds from Complementary Interventions.HIV/AIDS interventions received GH¢100,000, while the Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) intervention received about GH¢ 60,000 grant for the provision of nutritional supplements to children with stunted growth and other critical health needs. Besides, these interventions were made in testing and treating new and old cases of TB, and heart surgery for children diagnosed with hole-in-heart conditions, as well as treating malaria, which continues to be the leading cause of morbidity among children under the care of Compassion Ghana and its church partners.

CIG which commenced operations in 2006 engages in holistic child development, providing spiritual, physical, cognitive and socio-emotional training to poor and needy children, besides advocating the rights the rights of all children.

From 2000 registered children in 2006, CIG now has 39,000 children poor and needy registered at the Child Development Centres (CDCs) of 145 Implementing Church Partners (ICPs) as at the end of June 2012. Some of our ICPs include; the Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, Pentecost Church, Assemblies of God, ICGC, Baptist Church, Anglican Church, Lutheran Church, Apostolic Church etc.

The group currently operates in the Greater Accra, Central, Volta and Eastern Regions, while plans are underway to enter Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions next year. Management hopes to reach the northern regions in the next three years. GB