The "Star of God Children’s Centre" in Wa, Ghana is a daytime facility for
pre-school aged children who are orphaned or vulnerable and in need of nourishment,
supervision, and education. The children are well fed, taught, and cared for at the
Centre where the staff have the resources needed to help them in their development.
The Centre has been built by Fred & Elyse Maindonald
in honour and memory of Don & Corinne Ketchum,
(parents of Elyse) whose lives were devoted
to raising nine Godly children who would make a
positive difference in their world. We pray that the
blessing may continue for all the children who will be
Fred & Elyse Maindonald
The name of the Centre was chosen from many beautiful names that were
submitted by family members. The hope is that "The Star of God” Childrens Centre
will show the children we serve the way to Jesus just as the Star of Bethlehem pointed
the way to the Christ Child two thousand years ago.
The logo was designed by Patrick Kelly and depicts the flag of Ghana imbedded in
the cross of Christ while the love of His people support the little "Star of God"
The Centre is able to provide services to approximately 80 children, 3-5 years of
age who are too young to go to school. After two years at the Centre, the children will
be enrolled into primary classes in the local school, but the project will continue to
monitor and support them.
The children are being cared for by people who serve as loving surrogate parents
and teachers during the day. They learn about our God who created them, who
loves them, and who will never leave them. In the evening, the children are
integrated with extended family and other relatives in the surrounding communities.
This model of care fosters the children's sense of safety, belonging, self-worth, and