Meanwhile 32 CFC youths have completed their education and now live independent and self-sufficient lives.
Here are three flashbacks of former street children.
My name is Ama. I came to Chance for Children two years after I finished my basic education, around the age of 16 years.
There was no money for me to continue my education. The only option I had at that time was helping my mother to sell kenkey
and fried fish in the mornings and evenings. Through this work we could save something little for my future apprenticeship.
One day I was out for selling when I met a social worker from Chance for Children. He asked me about my work and why
I wasn’t at school. He asked for a meeting with my mother and me to get to know more about my background and why
I couldn’t go to school. When my mother explained him everything he understood our reasons. A week later he came
to our house to ask me if I want to continue my education or if I would like to start an apprenticeship.
My answer to him was that I would like to be a hair dresser.
Two months later my mother and I were invited for a meeting where I got introduced to the founders of Chance for
Children and a lady who was later going to teach me the profession I’ve chosen. After I was given a form to fill
out, I was asked to start work in the following week.
Three years later I completed and was released from Chance for Children with a support of money for renting an
apartment, a hairdryer and other accessories which allowed me to work on my own.
Today I’m working as a hair dresser and take full responsibility for myself and I support my younger sister financially
so that she can go to school.
(Ama, 24 years, graduate of Chance for Children)
Kojo is my name. Nine years ago I was a street boy in James Town. Although I have been living with my father I didn’t get
any support or supervision in my daily life.
I got to know Chance for Children and they gave me the chance to stay with them. First they taught me in the house as a
preparation for my schooling. God has been well to me, I got the chance to visit a normal school and I was able to live
at the Hebron House until I completed my basic education.
I had different options of professions to choose after finishing school. Out of the possibilities I choose to become a
plumbing engineer. This apprenticeship will take four years. I have now started my second year of the apprenticeship
and I stay at one of the youth flats.
I’m looking forward to finish it to be able to look after myself and my family in the future.
Since some years my younger sister also gets supported from Chance for Children in our family.
(Kojo, 21 years, living with the youth of Chance for Children)
My name is Kwamena. I’m a graduate of Chance for Children (CFC). I was picked from the street as a street child.
In fact it is very hard to make a living on the street as a child. Living from hand to mouth as a child is obviously very sad,
but God delivered CFC to my aid. I was loved, cared for and sent to school from the basic level to the Senior High and finally
to tertially level, where I was trained as a sound engineer. This gave me the opportunity to establish a music recording studio.
I record music for musicians in Ghana. Some of the artists I have recorded are Adame Best, Chris Mentor, Fame and Lazy Dazy of
Naa Kwahe music.
Today I’m extremely glad about the chance CFC gave me. So therefore I thank the CFC management for this most
amazing help and upbringing. I hope that they continue to do good to the upcoming street children.
(Kwamena, 25 years, graduate of Chance for Children)