• AMERICAN

    RELIEF

    CENTERS

     

    One People. One Destiny.

     

  • PHILOSOPHY IN ACTION

    American Relief Centers (ARC) operates shelters for abused women & children in Ghana.

    • We actively provide a pathway for victims of physical and sexual abuse to seek safe refuge, medical attention, legal / justice support.
    • We empower women & children victims with education and/or job training.
    • We run sensitisation seminars regarding physical & sexual abuse through Ghanaian schools, including self defence classes for female students.
    • We finance life saving surgeries for children from families in destitute.

    • We care for abandoned children who are often left at hospitals after being born with life threatening illnesses or disabilities.

    ARC grew from an awareness that there is still inequality in some of our global communities. It is our belief that mankind must be kind to one another if we ever hope to change. We feel it is our duty as human beings to ensure that women and children in all countries are free of rape and sexual violence.

     

    Every child deserves a childhood. Every woman deserves dignity and peace of mind that she may live free from harm.

    Our relief efforts are spent in attempts to bring a safer environment to the thousands of victims of assault and abuse every year.

  • One People - One Destiny

    Every child deserves a childhood. Every woman deserves dignity and peace
    of mind that she may live free from harm.
     

  • What We Do

    We're committed to being a beacon of light...

     

    American Relief Centers (A.R.C.) is a non-governmental organization established in 2015 with its first office and center located in Tema, a sprawling city outside Ghana’s capital, Accra. American Relief Centers’ U.S. headquarters is located in Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A. and received its 501(C)(3) non-profit status in May of 2015. American Relief Centers is a call to women and children living in Ghana suffering from incidents of abuse, in the forms of sexual, psychological and physical to come forward and seek immediate help.
     

    American Relief Centers’ founder and Executive Director, Robyn Jesse, resides in California and has lived in Ghana for 13 years. He knows firsthand the struggles and abuses women and children face and vowed to make a difference. His motivation was personal, having been a teacher in Ghana and upon learning one of his former students had been raped, he flew back to see what he could do. He experienced a path of many obstacles in getting her help, a system which is complex and expensive for the victim and full of loopholes in holding the perpetrator accountable.
     

    Through establishing strong community partnerships, working closely with the local law enforcement, school systems, and doing outreach in the community it has been a huge step in closing the gap. Through donations and Robyn Jesse’s business ingenuity, the NGO is funded. With signatories and stakeholders in multiple regions, it is becoming the country’s most effective avenue for action in ensuring accountability for the criminals involved in incidents of abuse, as well as providing access to the care needed for the victims. 

    Helping Abandoned Children

    Our Efforts

    Currently, when a child is abandoned, there is a period of time that they may go without care before local authorities are able to find a home for them. During the transition we house and finance the care giving costs for abandoned children before a more permanent home is found for them to be placed in. We built a shelter to accommodate their needs, and now employ 18 local staff to run it.

    Victim Support

    Our Efforts

    American Relief Centers are there to support victims of rape and abuse during the difficult process of recovery. Abused women and children seeking justice and accountability are required to have a full medical examination report performed before a police incident report can even be filed. Many villages are hours away from a hospital, and the fees that doctors charge can be the equivalent to a month's salary. Most families in such situations can not afford such fees, and many give up on pursuing justice or accountability. In which case, the physical and emotional plight of the individual isn't addressed and can result in sickness and devastating life altering effects.

    That is where we step in to help. American Relief Centers offer transportation and sponsor all medical costs. We recently opened up another shelter to provide counselling and a resource center complete with temporary housing for victims leaving abusive situations. We offer medical help, counselling, legal aide and housing.

    ARC Surgery

    Our Efforts

    We have completed over 50 life saving / changing surgeries on children. Many of these children grow up in destitute and whose family has no financial resources to help. These children would die with no medical attention. We work with the best local hospitals & surgeons to deliver this muchly needed service to those children in need the most and have had incredible results.

    Self Defence Training

    Our Efforts

    We have partnered up with the Ghana Education department and we run sensitisation seminars regarding physical & sexual abuse through the Ghanaian schools, including self defense classes for female students. Raising awareness changes the behavior and instills empathy into the views that are held.
    Without being sensitive to the needs of people around us or particular groups, then an individual may refrain from understanding those people, groups, or even him or herself. Raising awareness about incidents regarding abuse, and how to qualify them as abuse, and how to seek help.

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH

    Our Efforts

     

    We are persistent in our daily outreach. Community outreach and mobilization can encompass a range of interventions and approaches, including: door by door interactions, community meetings; training or sensitization sessions with traditional authorities, community or religious leaders; and at other cultural activities and demonstrations.

  • Welcome message from the Director

    So much has changed since American Relief Centers first opened its doors in 2015.

     

    And as I write today, 3 years since our founders united in the fight to end this epidemic of sexual abuse of women and children in Ghana, I couldn’t be more proud of our ever-growing community of supporters and advocates. We have made such incredible progress together.

     

    We can only imagine those many dark days for these women and children. Their fear and utter confusion.. Worst of all, the abused women and children faced a society largely unsympathetic and quick to silence the event, a system rigged to maintain the status quo.

     

    Advances in our efforts to provide the finances and transportation for victims of abuse and prevention education saves lives every day. While there are still challenges to overcome, being a victim of abuse and rape is no longer an experience where you lack the opportunity to seek help. And with continued support in our efforts, Ghana, once a ground zero in the epidemic of sexual abuse of women and children, could become a beacon of hope and triumph for countries all around the entire region.

     

    We have changed the story of these innocent women and children in Ghana.

     

    We will continue to promote and bring equality and justice to all and provide rape prevention training to the most vulnerable to abuse.

     

    Each year, more than 10,000 students are trained at our seminars, Over 20,000 just in this last year, as our organization strives to visit every school in Ghana where we teach abuse awareness to all students, and self-defense to the female students. Our team at American Relief Centers also visits communities on a door by door basis, to inform everyone of their rights and information on how to seek us and help if needed.

     

    At American Relief Centers, there are opportunities for every individual to help, from spreading awareness, to volunteering, to making a donation.

     

    There are still thousands of women and children living in violence and sexual abuse. Now is the time to act.

     

    American Relief Centers will persevere in the challenges ahead and continue to provide emergency training to those in need.

     

    Our strategy to eliminate the number of incidents of rape and abuse:

    • We build aware communities by reducing isolation and  offering access to help for the victims of abuse.
    • We reduce incidents of rape and abuse by leveraging legal accountability and providing abuse reduction education.
    • We improve the lives of those abused by breaking down the economic barriers and sponsoring the individual's education and job training.

    However, we must remember that equality for all, even by law, is still a work in progress in many regions and will not succeed without our continued effort.

     

    Thank you all for your interest & support!

  • STAGES OF SUCCESS

    Overview. Stage 1: Commit | Stage 2: Evidence | Stage 3: Safety | Stage 4: Prosecution | Stage 5: Follow-up | Stage 6: Prevent | Stage 7: Measure   American Relief Centers (ARC) offers immediate services and temporary shelter for abused women & children in Ghana. We actively provide a pathway...
  • OUR LOCATIONS

    A.R.C - Our International American Relief Centers

    Tema Shelter (Ghana)

    A.R.C Women & Children Shelter

    Greater Accra Region.

    Kumasi Shelter (Ghana)

    A.R.C Women & Children Shelter

    Ashanti Region.

  • HELP US CHANGE THE WORLD ONE LIFE AT A TIME

    The majority of our funding comes from private donors. Please reach out via the contact form if you'd like to discuss your contribution, we thankyou so much for your invaluable generosity.

  • TEAM

    From little things, big things grow.. We now employ a growing number local staff who run the relief centers.

    Meet our committed team!

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Robyn Ern

    Director in Ghana and USA

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    Josephine Farrell

    Co-Director in USA

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    Josephine Adusei-Nkrumah

    Co-Director in Ghana

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    Fred Akweter

    Treasurer /

    Legal Aide & Outreach Coordinator

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    Jane Isoko

    Legal Aide & Outreach Manager

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    Rommel Donas

    Security

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    Felicia Quarshie

    Housemother

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    Felicia Badu

    Head-Housemother

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    Regina Baffour

    Housemother

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    Ruth Denkyira

    Legal Aide & Outreach Coordinator

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    Anthony Bediako

    Legal Services Director & Outreach Coordinator

  • A.R.C

    Health & Education should be the priority of every Nation.
     
     

  • success stories & more

    Learn a little more about what we do...

    Baba, 3 weeks, abandoned at hospital, Born With HIV, now non-reactive!

    Baba's story..

    Born with HIV, Baba was abandoned at the hospital after birth and came to us at 3 weeks. After careful dedication to her health and well being in a loving environment, now at 1.5 years old, Baba is HIV non reactive!

    Our Creed

    American Relief Centers

    we follow these values.

  • Acknowledgements

     

    American Relief Centers would like to especially acknowledge the following Ghana government agencies and local institutions who have committed themselves to a successful partnership with ARC, and with our cooperation, are moving forward in the fight against violence against women and children in Ghana. Tema Community 1 - DOVVSU, Community 2 - DOVVSU, Afienya - DOVVSU, Batsona - DOVVSU, Dodowa - DOVVSU, Amasaman - DOVVSU, Prampram - DOVVSU, Madina - DOVVSU, Airport - DOVVSU, Adenta - DOVVSU, Mamprobi - DOVVSU, Kpeshie - DOVVSU, Weija - DOVVSU, Dansoman - DOVVSU, Sakumono - DOVVSU, Ashanti Regional DOVVSU, Sofoline - DOVVSU, Manhyia - DOVVSU,

    DOVVSU, Tafo - DOVVSU, Ejisu - DOVVSU, Asokwa - DOVVSU, Asokwa - Police District Commander, Girl Child Coordinators - GES Ashanti Region, Girl Child Coordinators - GES Greater Accra Region, Tema General Hospital, Madina Polyclinic, LEKMA Hospital, Child Protection Unit - Korle-Bu, Tafo Government Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,

    Anti- Human Trafficking Unit- ASP William Ayarigah, Mark Sintim. American Relief Centers also wishes to thank the Child Protection Unit at UNICEF for their tireless efforts.

  • Contact Us

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