The situation for girls on the streets of Accra
Girls account for about half of the estimated 30,000 - 50,000 street-children
in Accra. These girls on the streets are extremely vulnerable and
exposed to all kinds of dangers. Many were sexually abused in their
homes already and carry their deep and painful injuries onto the
streets with them. There they live day in and day out without any
protection against further abuses. Oftentimes they sell their bodies
in order to make a little money for survival. Thus the girls are
exposed to even more dangers: unwanted pregnancies, sexually
transmitted diseases and dubious dependencies from men are only some
of them. The "shame" that is brought upon them often prevents the
girls from returning to their families.
It is the goal of CFC to take care of these girls and to develop new
short- and long-term future perspectives with them. In doing so we
accompany these former street-children on their path to becoming
We are convinced that this not changes the girls’ lives for the
better, but also has a positive influence on their environment. Our
hope and reliance is that these girls grow up to become young women
and mothers, who pass on their newly acquired values to their own
children and thus meet their environment in a positive way despite all
the negative experiences from the past.
Girls’ Group Home in Jamestown
The supervised girls’ group home was opened in November 2009 and
can accommodate up to ten girls. At the moment there are nine
girls living there alongside a matron. Some of the girls attend a
public school while others are engaged in various activities at
the Drop-In Center. All of them are accompanied by social workers,
receive psychological support and are able to participate in the
CFC weekend workshops. Every other week we comprise new short- as
well as long term goals together with the staff in order to
improve the development process of each girl.
In addition the girls can attend introductions to practical
trainings in various fields of work. CFC contacts their
relatives on a regular basis so that the child can reconnect
to her family and work on improving their relationship.
Girls project in Hebron
A new big girls’ project has started 2011 in Hebron.
40 former streetgirls will be living in one main house and 4 additional
simple small chalets.
Meanwhile 20 girls live in the two girls-homes, which are situated right behind the boys-home. In February 2013, new construction works began, so that presumably in June 2013, 10 more girls will be able to move into the third chalet, so in total there will be 30 girls.