Survival instead of playing
According to a UNICEF-study there are more than 300 million street children worldwide. In the region Greater Accra alone over 60’000 children are living on the streets, as an official report notes. For these street children daily life consists of a constant struggle for survival. They search polluted garbage dumps for metal parts, which they can sell for a few coins. They sleep without any protection sometimes right next to traffic-laden streets. They eat irregularly and mostly unhealthy.
Violence, drugs and sexual abuse are part of these children’s daily routine. A lack of hygiene often leads to infection with diseases and makes it harder to cure them. Without a chance to complete or even attend school, the perspective for these young people looks very grim.
It is the goal of Chance for Children to enable some of these street children to live a more dignified life and to provide them with a more positive perspective.
Daniela is in Switzerland till end of August and is looking forward to sharing more about the situation of street children in Ghana and CFC’s positive impact in their lives. For event details, click here.
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