Put yourself in the shoes of a young child on the streets of Ghana’s capital, Accra. The streets are dirty, violent and dangerous. Yet at just five years old, you’ve never known anything different. You were born here and, as far as you know, there is no prospect of a better life.
Your mother works hard to provide for you. Every day she asks your 10-year-old sister to look after you while she goes to the market, where she works as a porter. But despite long days carrying heavy loads in head pans, she might earn as little as 8p for hours of work.
Over 11,000 children under 6 years old live on the streets of Accra.
It’s hard work, but your mother works a long day in the dirty and dangerous market to put food in her children’s mouths.
So you and your sister have to play your part too, if you want to eat that day. Like the thousands of other young children living on Accra’s streets, you spend the day begging. Like hundreds of street children, you can’t read or write and have never been to school.
Today you’re lucky. You, your sister and your mother have earned enough money for a meal each. Often, there is nothing to eat. But without running water and regular nutritious meals, it’s only a matter of time before you fall ill again. The streets are dirty and unsafe, and disease is everywhere.
But then your life changes. Your mum finds out about our nurseries and training centre for street mums. Finally, you have a chance to have the happy childhood you deserve!
We run three nurseries in the slum area in the heart of the capital. At our nursery, you receive three meals nutritious meals a day and a safe place to play and learn. No longer do you have to follow your mum at the market or on the streets, where you could be subject to abuse and danger.
Here, you’ll get the crucial support you need. You’ll learn social skills and about sanitation, finally having access to clean water and soap. You’ll learn to read and write, and when you’re ready you’ll take the test required to go to primary school. A bright future awaits!
“The nursery is a safe place. My child used to go missing, but now I know he is safe and I can come for him in the evening.”