The Village of Hope project began when a group of ministers of the church of Christ purchased 17.42 acres of land at Ayawaso in the Ga District of the Greater Accra Region in August 1989, for the establishment of an orphanage. These ministers’ names are Jerry Reynolds (an American), Emmanuel Asante, and Christian Nsoah (Ghanaians). Unfortunately, the project could not take off as planned because in November of the same year three different families claiming ownership of the land were battling in court. After pursuing the case for three years with no positive results, funding for the project stopped and work on the first building project ceased. By 1992 things had come to a virtual halt, even though eight children were being cared for. There was no money and no real housing to care for them.
Birth & Infancy: In 1994, an appeal to the elders of Traverse City Church of Christ, Michigan, U. S. A. by Josiah Tilton, an American missionary, resulted in the elders agreeing to allow Josiah to raise funds for the project to be restarted. The work was then placed under the general oversight of the elders of Vertical Centre Church of Christ, Tema, Ghana. In June, 1994, the overseers appointed a nine-member Board of Directors to see to the restarting of the project. The Board of Directors appointed Fred Asare as Managing Director in November, 1994.
1995 was a significant year for the Village of Hope. The building project (a four-bedroom house) that began in 1989 was completed and furnished with funds from Traverse City Church of Christ. The Village of Hope was also officially registered with the Registrar-General’s Department as a non-profit mission of the churches of Christ (Reg. No. 59,176). It was later registered with the Department of Social Welfare (Reg. No. DSW/1372). The Village of Hope fulfills all its obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (Reg. No. NAE 73311) and to Social Security and National Insurance Trust (Reg. No. ER202J179). Thus adhering to the laws of the Country of Ghana.
Roland & Gladys Bulley were appointed in August 1995 to begin work as House Parents in January 1996. Eight children were brought to the newly completed house in January 1996 and on 24th February, 1996 the Village of Hope was officially inaugurated at Ayawaso. Meanwhile the disputing families were still in court battling over the land. For two years after the inauguration of the Village of Hope, efforts made to settle the issue out of court yielded no results and the case made no progress in court. By 1998, the only house accommodating the children was full to capacity and yet additional houses could not be built as long as the case remained in court.
In August, 1998, therefore, 25 acres of land were purchased at Fetteh in the Gomoa District of the Central Region for the development of a new campus. (All the funds for the purchase were raised in Ghana from among the church members and interested local businesses.) Since then, the focus of the work has been on developing the land at Fetteh to serve orphaned, abandoned, destitute and needy children. The house at Ayawaso has been converted into a Vocational Training Centre where street children are taught employable skills to help them leave the streets.