Liams Foundation International (LFI) is a Non-Governmental Organization which was formed in the United States of America (New York) after the Executive Director realized the plight of the disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children in some rural communities in the Volta Region, Central Region, Northern Region and Ghana at large, she decided to facilitate some changes in those areas. The attempt to reverse this situation led to formation of four women groups in the Volta Region. Horlali Williams (Rev.) the Executive Director also took the opportunity to sensitize the members of the groups on girl child Education, Reproductive Health, sexually transmitted diseases especially HIV. She assisted the groups financially from her own resources, working as a professional home health aide in New York State. Through this initial intervention, 20 school dropouts were re-enrolled into the basic school. The success of the initial intervention and the encouragement received from the women groups led to the formation and registration of Liams Foundation International as an NGO in 2014.
Today, the organization boasts of a young and vibrant staff of 8 professionals (2 social workers) and we are planning to expand our services so that every needy could reach to us for instant help. LIAMS Foundation, believes in collaboration towards achieving its goal. We can boldly say that a single hand cannot build a nation but rather focused team work and collaboration will do.
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We organized lots of sensitization programs in various areas within the Volta Region
of Ghana. The team first of all visited Afeife located in the Ketu North of the Volta
Region to educate the people on the causes and prevention of teenage pregnancy.
Some pregnant teen girls were also given food items and some toiletries to support
them through their pregnancies.
The foundation also went to Agbanukofe in the Volta region to educate on teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion. All members of the team were astonished to see children of young girls of between 12 years and 14 years who were pregnant. It was heartbroken when the team met school going children with protruding stomachs in the villages, and the bad aspect of it was when most of them got pregnant by their peers who were not working and for that matter could not even provide for themselves.
Agbagidikofe (also in the Volta Region of Ghana) was another village visited by Liams Foundation. We went to this village and gathered all the people in the village with the help of the Assembly in the area and educated both children and their parents on the dangers of Teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion. We projected screen of videos showing some of our documentary that we did in the Tema New Town and some of the abortion videos to the villagers for them to know the effects of teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion. We also interviewed the people and chiefs in the village to know the real causes of teenage pregnancy in the village.
During our sensitization, we visited Agbozume as well. As usual, our team was able to showcase some videos to the people in the village. We also distributed some food items and toiletries to the pregnant teens just to motivate them. In Agbozume, we were able to acquire an uncompleted building where Liams Foundation International would camp pregnant teenage girls for training into various vocations.
Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. Child abuse may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
Much of the violence against children, including physical violence, psychological violence, discrimination, neglect and maltreatment, remains hidden and is often socially approved. Although the consequences may vary according to the nature and severity of the violence inflicted, the short- and long-term repercussions for children are very often grave and damaging. The physical, emotional and psychological scars of violence can have severe implications for a child’s development, health and ability to learn.
Violence against children is a violation of their human rights, a disturbing reality of our societies,” says Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “It can never be justified whether for disciplinary reasons or cultural tradition. No such thing as a ‘reasonable’ level of violence is acceptable.
Also, laws in Ghana and most African countries are usually not respected and heeded to because of traditional values. For example: as much as a child needs to be disciplined when they are in wrong, some parents or guardians exceed disciplining the child by using methods that are rather seen as abuse such as hitting children with harmful objects and using various forms of torture that affect the child physically and mentally.
As an NGO, one of our main priorities is to protect children from such violence and urgent action is needed to make sure that laws involving children rights are enforced in the country as these laws are not respected and enforced to a large extent.
Liams Foundation aims to work towards the implementation of this instrument as a legal obligation for governments and as a core protection tool for children.
IT’S TIME TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN.
It was great news and a good initiative when the former president brought about the national sanitation day, which was held on the last Saturday of every month. On this day, most people within Ghana will join forces, with shops closed and Saturday work halted or delayed to embark on a mass clean up activity to collect the mess which had been created within that month. But like the maintenance culture of the typical modern Ghanaian, it could not withstand time. The streets and gutters of our beloved country are filled with dirt (mainly plastic materials) to a highly unpleasant and uncivil nature. It has become common to walk through a planned community only to be welcomed by filth, in gutters and even by the road side. Considering all this, we come back to ask where the current number of mosquitoes are from and why our hospitals are always filled to capacity with cases of cholera, diarrhea, malaria and so on.
We at Liams Foundation International (LFI) believe it is a collective responsibility of the general public to ensure a clean and healthy Ghana. LFI begun a community clean up exercise and education which was aimed at enabling community members to understand the need to keep the environment clean and also empower them to work together towards a common goal (clean Ghana). The program begun on the 18th of March 2017, and has benefitted the people within the 18 junction stretch enormously. LFI with help from it partners; bi global investment limited and SIC Life Ghana can boast of an effective exercise that benefits the society at large.
The sanitation program involved cleaning of gutters, clearing of bushes and sweeping of sidewalks to ensure a clean and a healthy environment. The LFI team, consisting of seventeen young energetic women and men collaborated with some community members to make the clean-up exercise a success. The involved community members were educated on the importance of a clean environment and the need to act as community watch police towards sanitation. LFI envisages a continuous exercise with or without it presence within the community through a proper education and understanding by key figures and members within the community on.
The ugly feeling of experiencing darkness while your neighbors have light has been tasted by many but a few. Imagine the eyes closed and trying to search for an object that was in plain sight before the eyes were closed. Or imagine that pain the poor young lady who goes through hell day and night due to an eye complication. Good vision is arguably the most important of the five senses; it plays a crucial role throughout our lifetime and is just one part of the overall eye health. Eye care is often taken lightly by a majority of the population in Ghana not merely because of knowledge with regards to its importance but as a result of poverty and lack of adequate information within the subject matter. Poverty like famine affects the total health of many Ghanaians; considering the minimum wage and the current cost of healthcare within the country. Government’s effort to improve the healthcare system has not yielded the fruit we all anticipated.
Liams foundation international a non for profit organization with the sole aim of carrying direct humanitarian services to the people where government fall short, looking at this condition started a pilot program to mitigate the situation by providing free eye care and education services. Over 200 Ghanaians who might have never visited an optician had the opportunity to be screened and treated where necessary. The screening was held on the 9th of December, 2017 at the community 16 junction, Tema. The event commenced at 9:30 am and ended at 2:45pm do to a rain storm. People who had the opportunity to be screened were overly excited and expressed their hope that others may also benefit from the program.
Corporate entities with the mindset to sustain or improve the community in which they find themselves enabled LFI to carry out such an important service through their partnership. Bi global investment limited and Dziram eye Clinic were two socially responsible organizations that enabled LFI to have a successful eye screening.
On August 21, 2016, the Liams Foundation team went to ‘Westhills Clinic’ in Kasoa.
Free medical screening was offered and medications were given to patients with certain medical conditions.
Items like walking sticks, crutches etc.. were also donated to the hospital. The nurses received the items on behalf of the clinic and thanked Liams Foundation for the kind gesture.
Non governmental organizations are set up or established most times but it is up to the public to know what the organization is about and what they have to offer to the vulnerable in the society.
Liams Foundation International is an initiative that seeks out to provide for the less privileged and help them to get a better standard of living. Prior to its launching, the organization’s founder Rev. Horlali William had already been donating to so many communities in the rural regions of Ghana.
But it was on the 14th of May 2016, that Liams Foundation was officially launched at Paloma Hotel Spintex.
In attendance was the Director of Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority among other high ranking members of society.
Some government officials and religious leaders were also present at the grounds just to have a feel of what Liams Foundation stands to offer.