Our House of Refuge in Accra is a unique place in Ghana’s capital. For years now it has been a lifeline for hundreds of pregnant girls and young mothers living on the streets. It provides them with a safe-haven to escape the dangers of the streets, where poverty and a lack of stability leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, sexual violence and abuse.
At the refuge, pregnant street girls and young mothers benefit from anti-natal and post-natal services, counselling and emotional support, meals and various types of vocational training, such as catering, dress-making and hairdressing.
But in 2018, the old building became unsafe due to irreparable cracks. So, we set out to build a new and improved one! This will be one of the first fully accessible refuges in the Ghanaian capital and construction has been underway for some time.
Now we need your help. The building construction will finish soon, but we need to raise a further £3,000 to fit it out with everything it needs to become functional. Beds for the young mothers and children, furniture, curtains, tables and cooking equipment – we quickly need to raise this money to ensure the refuge can be up and running and helping vulnerable street girls as quickly as possible.
A gift of any size will help to make a difference and bring us closer to reaching our goal. And you can help us by sharing our crowdfunder too! We need to reach as many people as possible to ensure we raise the mmoney and can start helping more vulnerable street girls as soon as we can.
You could help girls like Esi
After her father passed away, Esi’s family was left with no source of income. With no money, she couldn’t go to school and so when she turned 17 she left her home in the rural north to go to Accra, Ghana’s busy urban capital.
But in Accra, Esi found life no easier. With nowhere to live and struggling to find work, Esi joined the tens-of-thousands of young girls living on Accra’s streets.
Thankfully, she found out about our House of Refuge which took her in. The refuge gave her a place to live and she learned how to sew, meaning she could start to earn money for herself.
One day Esi hopes to run her own business selling clothes. “Now I know how to make clothes and it can change my life”, she told us.