Fumbisi and Accra Street Children
Problems Children Face:
Children have been migrating from the rural areas to the cities for decades, but since the early 1990s, their numbers have been growing rapidly, and experts worry that Ghana’s population of street children will explode in the coming years. According to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, there are currently 30,000 children living on the streets of Ghana’s cities and towns. Most street children in Ghana are between the ages of 10 and 18, though there are many who are far younger. Most have been on the streets for several months or years. They leave their villages in search of money to marry or go back to school, to escape the hopelessness and poverty of many rural areas, or to build a better future for themselves. Many officials believe the growing exodus of children from the rural areas to the urban centres is linked to the breakdown of the nuclear family. When parents divorce or separate, only in a third of the cases do both parents remain in the same locality as their children. Generally, mothers take over full responsibility for the upbringing of their children. Perhaps just as serious is the problem of parental neglect, irresponsibility and indifference. Many parents do not feel obliged to take care of their children because, they believe, “God will feed them”.
Many children flee their homes and go to the streets because of sexual abuse or other forms of violence. According to CAS research, 3% of Accra’s street children cite sexual abuse as the main reason for being on the street, while another 3% say they left home because of regular beatings or other violence in the home. The figure may appear small or even insignificant, but in real terms, it means that about 900 of the estimated 15,000 children on the streets of Accra alone fled home because of these two reasons. There is such a taboo on these issues in Ghana that few children are willing to discuss them and even fewer to acknowledge that they were the victims of domestic or sexual abuse. Slavery is a loaded term, particularly in Africa. But, today, in Ghana, there are children who are not only being exploited, they are also being enslaved. It is difficult to get information about this contemporary form of slavery. But interviews with social workers and some former child slaves, as well as media reports, suggest that in most cases, parents in rural areas give their children to urban market women. The “madams” convince parents who cannot put their offspring through school that they can offer their children a better future. They promise to employ the children for a certain period – generally two years – and then provide them a sewing machine and vocational training or send them to school. But they rarely keep this promise: before the end of the two years, most children run away. They realise that their madam has been cheating them, or they can no longer bear the punishments and beatings the madam inflicts on them. Some children remain. They are terrified of what their madams or minders might do if they don’t obey blindly. Most are so young and vulnerable that escape simply does not occur to them. When they reach adolescence and the madam can no longer exert total control over them, she turns them out to avoid having to keep her promises. Yet other children realise that there is more to life, and they run away.
The Main Goal:
The main goal is focused on girls being able to access free education. Education gives them the freedom to be independent to live their lives. It is unfortunate that in the villages of many African cities education for girls is still not a priority. Still, too many girls are regarded to be sold off into marriage much too young to men too old or have limited capacity to care for them.
Orphans are at risk to become cheap laborer’s or are either kidnapped or deceived to the cities, where they became walking carrier bags: ‘Kayayei- girls’ called in Ghana.
With risen criminality in the cities, it is unthinkable what happens to these girls. Many are no longer traceable. Some deceived and impregnated and thrown on the streets, some poverty-driven slaves, some will never be able to tell their story……
This project which started in 2003 with my father and myself has been caring for about 90 children each year. Since then over a thousand children have been educated, feed and given medical care, all with the help of faithful friends and supporters and own sacrifices.
Every penny goes directly to the improvement and education of children in Fumbisi, Ghana, and hopefully soon upcoming Project in the capital city of Accra.
Our next targets:
The School building is completed. The government is ready to supply teachers.
· Needed would be a budget of 120 Euros monthly to take care of the 30 orphans to supply a daily meal, buy them school their school uniform and shoes and cover medical needs.
This is 4 Euro for each child.
– A pick-up car not older than 10years would be a blessing to transport food and the children. Or moto-cycles for transportation within the village.
– Would you join me in prayer for a facility for a home for my girls in Accra?
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“Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
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