About Every Child Counts Inc.
Every Child Counts Inc. is a non-profit Florida corporation with the goal of helping children in resource limited settings with food, clothing, health, education, and infrastructure needs. Currently, it is focusing on trainning pediatric providers in rural health clinics in Tanzania.
About the Children We are Helping
The previous project we were working on:
The children of Royal Seed Orphanage located in the town of Odupong Ofaakor, north of Accra, Ghana, West Africa. We have targeted this orphanage because we have seen first hand its needs, having interacted with the kids and the director of the orphanage while volunteering and living with them. Because of this we are confident that our donations with be put to good use by the orphanage.
Royal Seed Orphanage is home to more than 100 orphans ranging in age from infants to 15 years. The orphanage is run by Naiomi Amenya, a 29 year old Ghanaian woman. The children come from nearby towns in the area surrounding Ofaakor. Their parents are either dead or unable to care for them because of poverty or disease.
The living conditions at the orphanage need much improvement. The orphanage is constantly running out of food. When it is available the children's diet consists primarily of starches, with no protein or vegetables. Many of the children have never eaten a vegetable. As a result of the poor diet, many develop related problems such as anemia or lethargy and stunted development.
Water is another problem for the orphanage. When there is money to buy water it is stored in a plastic tank. It costs $65.00 to fill the tank and lasts for about three weeks. When the water runs out the children are forced to drink water from a nearby pond. The pond water is brown in color and full of tadpoles and other organisms. The children also bathe in the same pond water each day.
One bamboo structure is used as a classromm during the day and a makeshift dormitory at night. The metal roof leaks profusely when it rains. With such an open structure, malaria is a constant danger. The children sleep under a group of mosquito nets that are put up every night before bed and are taken down every day before school.
Medical treatment is scarce. When absolutely necessary the children are taken to a local doctor who has cared for them for the past four years without pay.