GIDRO (Greathouse International Development and Rescue Organization) – is a non-governmental organization with the passion not only to get people saved and delivered from the power of darkness spiritually but also to aid them acquire educational and vocational skills so as to enable them to realize their maximum potentials in life.
We have the divine assignment to reach out to the lost with the gospel of salvation (spiritual), feed the hungry and cloth the naked (social), provide quality education to the less privileged (mental development), and train people for the work of the ministry (ministerial leadership development).
We believe that you must never look for a reason to help those who yearn for support. Extending a helping hand not only vanishes tears off their face, but also acts as a cure for oneself
Gidro Shelter Project
Our research as a scholars has also created a deep passion and need to secure a place of residence for children as well as women who desperately need shelter. GIDRO has therefore added to its ventures Shelter Project to call on individuals and organizations to aid in the building of this project on an already available land in a suburb of Koforidua, Eastern region of Ghana.
We have been conducting research on the life of liberated trokosis and Fiasidis all in the south-eastern part of the Volta region of Ghana. Trokosi, literally meaning slave or wife of the gods, is a traditional religious practice among the Tongu tribe whereby a young girl or female preferably a virgin is used as ransom to atone for a crime believed to have been committed by an elderly member of a family. Fiasidi is also a religious practice among the Anlo tribe where female virgins are pledged to the gods for life by parents as appreciation to the gods for a granted request. Again, in some vein, Fiasidi is also no different from Trokosi.
The challenge or problem encountered out of the research is that Trokosis are solely responsible for the children they have with the priest. In fact, Trokosi children are also considered as slaves and treated as such by the priest. This has rendered the women helpless when it comes to attending to the educational needs of their children. Trokosis are mostly single mothers.
Secondly, liberated Trokosis wish to relocate at different regions of Ghana so as to be far from their native environs to enable them to start life afresh. They are actually marginalized by their respective communities due to their past experiences as Trokosis, particularly, with regards to their sexual lives and abuses they went through at the shrine.
♥ To serve a place of residence for liberated Trokosis and their children as well as other rescued orphans and needy children
♥ To provide a platform for a fresh start for liberated Trokosis away from their native communities;
♥ To serve as a place for building and restoring the confidence in women and children who have been through the trauma of slavery and sexual abuse;
♥ To create a space for further development of the acquired skills and potentials of the women and children so as to aid them attain individual liberty and self sustenance in life;
♥ To foster social integration and interaction of the women and children within the new community;
♥ To offer the women and children a new environment for spiritual formation and growth;
♥ To create a space and shelter also for the rehabilitation of rescued internal trafficked children
Child Trafficking and Labour Project
Indeed, due to poverty, there are great number of children who are internally trafficked into the Northern parts of Volta Region of Ghana for fishing on the Volta Lake. These children are exposed to hazardous environments and used by people as mere means to enrich their masters. Some of these children are pawns given out as result of poverty. My experience shows that most of the children die horrible deaths and others are infected with all kids of urinary related infections.
GIDRO has a call to join the very few rescuers to aid rescue these children, rehabilitate them, empower them with vocational and other educational skills and reunite them with respective families as well as reintegrating them into the larger society.