City of Refuge

"Raising Up a Generation to Love Like Christ."

aka City of Refuge Ministries   |   SIOUX FALLS, SD   |  www.cormghana.org

Mission

THE MISSION OF CITY OF REFUGE MINISTRIES IS TO PROVIDE HOLISTIC AND STRATEGIC RESTORATION, DISCIPLESHIP AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LIBERATED FROM EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING, ABUSED, ORPHANED OR MARGINALIZED. THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST, WE AIM TO PREVENT EXPLOITATION AT ITS ROOTS BY EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES TO ERADICATE POVERTY AND CHILD SLAVERY RESULTING IN PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Johnbull Omorefe

Co-Executive Director

Mrs. Stacy Lynn Omorefe

Main address

PO BOX 91546

SIOUX FALLS, SD 57109 USA

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EIN

36-4597481

NTEE code info

Homes for Children & Adolescents (P76)

Economic Development (S30)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are thousands of children who are sold into slavery on Lake Volta. We work to help rescue, provide restoration (including covering all expenses that the children have who are brought to our children's home) and reintegration or providing their higher education. We also work in communities to educate and them on the issues of human trafficking and community development. CORM runs a program for single mothers who are vulnerable to selling their children into slavery to help them become sustainable.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

City of Refuge Ghana

At City of Refuge Ghana we work to prevent children from being sold into child labor situations along Lake Volta through community development projects in the communities most vulnerable to selling their children due to poverty.
We rescue children who have been trafficked and give them a home and education at our residential homes.
We work to reintegrate children back into their biological homes and communities. Working closely with the families to help strengthen their economic situations and community leaders to educate the community on the dangers of child slavery.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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It is our goal to help as many children as possible who have been rescued from slavery. To impact change within sending and receiving communities in Ghana and to see an end to child trafficking on Lake Volta in this lifetime.

We have partnered with the government of Ghana, the Anti-Trafficking Police, and International Justice Mission to help bring a voice to this issue in Ghana. Our social workers are on the ground during rescue missions, our medical team is ever ready to help assess and treat the children who are brought to our Children's home, the children are placed with house parents who help provide for their daily needs, care, and nurture, the children receive counseling and when needed TF-CBT. We school has also been equipped with a resource department that assesses the children's academic levels and places them in the appropriate classroom with academic and behavioral support.
We have two programs that reach out to the communities. The first is our Impact One staff who provide support to the families and children in our surrounding communities. Many of the women in our communities have benefited from zero interest micro-loans, and SAIL savings programs, business planning and education scholarships for their children.
Our second program is our CORM Community Impact Team (CIT). This team goes into communities with Community Health Education (CHE) and helps the communities find ways that they, themselves, can affect change without outside funding or resources. The Community Impact Team also provides education to the community, everything from ways to prevent malaria to business planning.

CORM has hired qualified Ghanaian professionals who are able to fulfill their department goals. We have also built strong relationships with our partners allowing us to have a greater impact on the issues of child trafficking and poverty.

We understand that anything worth doing will take a lot of time and patience. The City of Refuge is celebrating 13 years of working with the people of Ghana. We have learned that consistency is key to affecting change. This year we have nine of our children, who have grown up at the CORM Children's Village, attending University or training school. This tells us that our efforts within the Children's Home is well worth our time and energy.
This year we are starting up our second group of ladies in the City of Refuge Empowerment program. They are learning how to read, write, budget, parent, be sustainable and strong, to Thrive on their own without having to worry about how they will care for their children.
Our CIT team has established a committee in the community where they are working to build a CHE program. This committee will help spearhead the team's efforts to make the greatest impact on the community.
Our school, Faith Roots International Academy, has provided hundreds of scholarships over the 8 years it has been open to the community. Our school is recognized as the best school in the area where we serve.

Financials

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City of Refuge

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Johnbull Omorefe

City of Refuge Ministries

Term: 2009 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mrs Stacy Omorefe

City of Refuge Ministries

Term: 2009 - 2020

Terry Corbin

Rozann Corbin

Patricia Buzzell

Sarah Carter

Jeffery Tyler

Jennifer Tyler

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/4/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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