SOMANYA SINGLE MOTHERS

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Aunty Lydia with one of her children

In Somanya, 

the capital of Yilo Krobo District

in the Eastern Region of south Ghana,

Aunty Lydia provides a

safe space for single women 

and their children

at varying stages of motherhood,

delivering crucial communal support and care

to those most in need.

In our evolution into a

more equitable world,

maternal mental and physical health

and wellbeing

sits at the forefront of change,

with growing societal and

professional attention

in Ghana and throughout the world.

Gold Host are committed to

upholding and extending

existing structures that work to

serve greater society.

Aunty Lydia is doing just that.

 We are committed to

establishing and maintaining

a corporate partnership

between the

Somanya Single Mothers initiative

and a

maternity-focused organisation

in order to both

sustain and grow

the programme.

WHO

Aunty Lydia is a bofrot (a type of Ghanaian donut) trader, and uses the little money she gets to provide food and shelter to thirteen children of single mothers. She affectionately calls them 'her children'.

WHERE

 

Aunty Lydia's house, Somanya, Ghana.

WHEN

 

The initiative has been running for 13 years, starting when Aunty Lydia lost her husband.

WHAT

 

Aunty Lydia provides for her thirteen children, feeding them every day and paying their school fees until they grow old enough to become independent.

 

The mothers currently pay her what they can afford - 10 cedis (GHS) - (£1.30) a day.

 

As such, the existing support is extremely difficult for her to sustain both financially and energetically. Although she has very limited income and sometimes feels unwell, Aunty Lydia still has to feed them.

 

Every month, she spends GHS2,000.00 (£260.00) on expenses - excluding school fees.

Our aim is to support and empower Somanya Single Mothers initiative to become as efficient and sustainable as possible.

HOW

 

To do this, we aim to:

1. Pair the initiative with a suitable corporate partner.
2. Raise awareness of the initiative through the creation of a social impact campaign.
3. Solidify systems to monitor ongoing benefit.
4. Identifiy as many potential beneficiaries as possible.

THE FUTURE

 

In the future, Aunty Lydia would like the ability to become a business woman and to build a house where everyone can have space to sleep in separate rooms.

Please don't hesitate to

  get in touch  

if you would like to partner with this initiative.