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Organization Review

Overall Experience: 
In 2014 I volunteered at SCEF and it has been one of the best experiences in my life. The Street Children Empowerment Foundation is the best structured organisation I got to know in Ghana. Due to this fact you as a volunteer can be assured that your work for this organisation will have an actual impact on the lives of the street children and the whole community of James Town. Volunteering at SCEF includes a wide range of tasks which enables you to get to know several different work fields. Volunteers read with children in the SCEF Library, get creative in the Crafts Lab, help them with their homework or just listen and talk to them. As part of the Sports Club you can also play football with the children or do other fun acivities and see how happy these kids are doing sports. Other important programmes are SCEF's sexual awareness programme, which aims to inform students of different schools about sexual rights and the Read Right Club, where volunteers and SCEF staff teach students how to read and understand English correctly. Furthermore, volunteers monitor SCEF's beneficiaries (scholarship recipients, who have the chance to get a godparent) regularly to check if they need anything and to help them with problems, so that they can focus on their education. All these tasks are of fundamental importance to empower the children and thus sustainably strengthen the community of James Town and you can actually contribute to reaching these goals. The SCEF staff will train and prepare you for all these tasks and in case you have any questions or problems they will always try their best to help you. So whether you are planning on volunteering for the first time or you have already volunteered abroad, I can highly recommend volunteering at SCEF. SCEF will welcome you with open arms, they are such a wonderful organisation and they have a bright future ahead of them. I hope that I can come back to SCEF soon but until then I keep the beautiful memories of my time in Ghana.