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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, International, International Relief, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is two-fold: to build families and protect vulnerable children by creating an Internet database of child profiles; and to provide service volunteers with a deeply meaningful experience that will remain with them for a lifetime.

Results: We have completed over 1,800 child profiles at 44 orphanages. 28 service volunteers have spent 2,900 man-hours working in Ghana.

Target demographics: UNICEF estimates that there are 1.1 million orphans living in Ghana along with thousands of vulnerable children. Many of these children live in poor conditions, deprived of the basic physical, emotional and intellectual support required for a healthy childhood.The Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare currently estimates that up to 80% of children living in institutions are there as a result of poverty and can be reunited with their families if appropriate support is provided. These are potential families in the making.However, many barriers stand in the way of building new families and reuniting existing families. Poor record-keeping, under-resourced welfare agencies and the logistical challenges inherent in matching a child to a family often prevent children from entering or returning to family-based care. Kaeme works to reduce these barriers, offering more children the chance to grow up in a loving home.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year we build profiles on 200-400 children, providing social workers the information necessary to reunite these children with their families or place them in family-based care.

Geographic areas served: We work in Ghana, West Africa, where one of the most pressing concerns is the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) within the country. Numerous factors, including the AIDS epidemic and the increasing social pressures of urbanization and modernization, have led to the growth of this at-risk population. This trend is expected to continue in the future, increasing the need to develop sustainable models for assisting these children.In Ghana, few of the 150+ orphanages have legally registered with the country's Department of Social Welfare, making it difficult to monitor the OVC population. A 2006 census conducted by the Ghanaian Department of Social Welfare into the number of children housed in institutions, the conditions in these homes, and the shortfalls of the existing care system.In face of an international recognition that institutionalized care fails to meet children's developmental needs, Ghana also passed the Orphan and Vulnerable Child Care Reform Initiative (CRI) in 2006. The DSW is charged with enforcing the CRI, which emphasizes that institutions should be temporary homes of last resort for children. Additionally, the CRI lays out a number of new regulations and guidelines for both institutional and foster care.

Programs: Our Kaeme top priorities are to: Reunify children with extended families whenever possible, through the use of information compiled in child profiles and the support of donor sponsorships. Facilitate fostering or adoption when reunification is not possible. When no family care option can be found for a child use donor sponsorships to otherwise support happy and healthy childhoods for children currently housed in orphanages. Provide volunteers with the support and opportunities required to allow them to significantly impact the lives of vulnerable children.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son went to Ghana with Kaeme as an intern this last summer to profile orphans. He had the most amazing experience. He learned so many important lessons and it changed his life to be able to have an impact on the lives of the children in the orphanages he visited. Kaeme is so important because nothing is more important than reuniting families or finding families for those who don't have one.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. Inspired by the stories I hear from volunteers and by the work that they are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is having a dramatic and personal impact on so many lives. I recommend this non-profit for anyone seeking to make a direct and substantial difference for the people of Africa. The leadership team is dedicated and thoughtful and their work is making a lasting impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kaeme is a remarkable organization that is enabling the placement of orphans in Ghana back into loving homes. Their strategy and approach is founded upon their strong mission of protecting children and building families.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fascinating nonprofit. Run differently than other "help an orphanage" programs. Kaeme's main focus is to create a much needed record of how and why each child was placed into the orphanage. They help to establish if any known family is connected to the child, then create an official record with the Dept of Social Welfare in Ghana. Genius really - makes it possible for a comprehensive plan on what is the best possible placement for each unique child.

Donor

Rating: 5

We decided to donate to Kaeme because of their mission to unite orphans with family members. The people who work at Kaeme are hard working and totally dedicated to the work. We like it that 100% of donations go to helping reunite families in Ghana and none of it goes to administrative costs.

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit touches my heart. I care about children and families. Kaeme is heroically and honorably trying to rescue children in unregistered orphanages in Ghana to find loving family situations for the betterment and well-being of the children. I know the founders so I strongly believe that their sole purpose is to provide lift and love and hopefully a home for as many children in orphanages as our donations will assist to provide.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kaeme is truly a Great nonprofit. They help children reunite with their families or be placed with a loving family. All proceeds donated go to work. The people who set up the foundation are caring, wonderful human beings who want to truly help build families and to protect the vulnerable children in orphanages. Kaeme means "Remember Me." A beautiful, moving name for a foundation that goes the distance and makes a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kaeme gets kids out of orphanages, and back to families. There are few more noble actions. I know that when I donate to Kaeme, all the money I donate goes toward the goal of documenting children so they can get to a better situation, be that back with a family member or adopted by a caring family. The people who volunteer and run Kaeme are top notch. I have utmost trust in how they conduct and run this non profit. I will continue to support it wholeheartedly.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kaeme is doing such good. Proud to know the good people involved.