The Offin Children’s Center (OCC) was founded in 1996 to offer orphans and vulnerable children living in and around Offinso a safe, loving home environment, health care services and access to high-quality educational programming. Our goal is to secure the emotional, physical and intellectual foundations they need to live independently and contribute to their communities as adults.
The OCC uses a family based foster home model employing care mothers to give love, security and care to the children while respecting each child’s family background, cultural roots and religion.
We ensure that each child is registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme and has access to high-quality health care services.
High-quality education and jobs training are the cornerstones of our program. The ability to support oneself is fundamental to an individual’s wellbeing. From this comes the capacity to care for others and provide leadership within the community. The OCC children attend preschool through junior high at our own Blessed Child School that also serves the surrounding community. In 2016 we began expanding to include a high school so OCC children no longer have to leave home to continue their educational pursuits. We encourage all of the children to envision a future career and then work with them to develop a plan to get there whether it includes post-secondary education or a job specific training program.
While our primary focus is the children, the OCC plays an important role in the wider community as well by providing those in need with a source of safe drinking water and nutritional services, assistance with health care services and access to affordable education. The Blessed Child School offers financial assistance to many children in the Offinso community who otherwise would not be able to attend school.
The OCC was found in 1996 by Mary Osei with her personal pension fund accumulated from 23 years of government service as teacher and social worker.
The OCC receives no monetary support from the government of Ghana. Instead, the OCC relies primarily on donations from charitable organizations, church groups and individuals. We work hard to minimize the amount needed through income generating projects such as our poultry farm and weekend bus service. To supplement the food produced on the farm, the OCC receives donations of rice, beans, soap, sugar, palm and cooking oil and salt from Christian Service International and Catholic Relief Service (U.S. Food Relief Program).
Board of Directors
Mr. Osei Wusu
Mr. Dickson Opoku
Mr. Adam Seiya
Ms. Mary Osei
Mr. Francis Sarfo
The Center is registered as a charitable organization with the Registrar General’s Department and the Department of Social Welfare. The OCC is also a full member of Association of Children’s Home and Orphanages (ACHO) in Ghana.
Founder and Program Director