Who we are
Rays of Hope Centre (ROHC) came into existence as a Roman-Catholic based Non-Governmental-Organization in the year 2009 through the vision of Father Konrad Lienhard from the Oblates de St. Francis de Sales, Germany. In cooperation with Ghanaians sharing the same vision of establishing contact with marginalized and vulnerable non-schooling youngsters in the streets of Ashaiman the idea was established in 1997 under the umbrella of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
We seek to act and work in the tradition of the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1612).
St. Francis de Sales is the prototype of an optimist. Human beings exist, in his understanding, in the presence of a loving God. Individuals, who appreciate this, see the world in an optimistic and cheerful way. They spread and live this love among fellow men.
In difference to an ordinary teacher, our staff members are asked to not only focus on the academic performance but consider an entire personal development of our entrusted children and youth – socially, morally, academically, culturally and religiously. To achieve this successfully our caregivers and educators live and work alongside with our beneficiaries. They turn to them positively, consider their interests and take part in their actions. We also put effort to involve the entire families and reintegrate our entrusted wards step by step.
This way of assistance is important for us to create a trustful relationship where it is possible to council, guide and form our beneficiaries to optimistic, cheerful and loving citizens.
“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art".
St. Francis De Sales, 17th Century Bishop of Geneva
Where we are
Ashaiman is located next to Tema and 25 km away from Accra. It is a fast growing urban settlement located at the Eastern part of Greater Accra.
Ashaiman is one of the major market operating hubs, especially for fresh agricultural products because of its proximity to the country side where these food crops are harvested and to major city Centres, Tema and Accra.
Due to the brisk business activities and the low cost of living, there is the influx of people from different origins, especially from rural communities to trade and commerce, who eventually settle in. This phenomenon has brought with itself social challenges and the establishment of squatter settlements along the way.
Our centre, called “First Contact Place”, is based right in the middle of Ashaiman, Zongo-Laka, near the main market, where the two-story building was blessed by our German fathers in the year 2000.
The newly constructed and blessed male and female dormitories of WEM Centre are situated off the Dodowa-Somanya highway at the out skirts of the Ayikuma township.