Pilot Project in New Takoradi
About a year ago, we opened our Takoradi Branch and identified the distinct dynamics of street-connected children along the coast. We deployed a street community pilot project in New Takoradi that integrates education, skill development, and community engagement. It fosters literacy, numeracy, social skills, and positive lifestyles through a Social Lab, we call the Power Hub!
The initiative aims to support and retain 130 children in school in the first year, strengthen families for active responsibility and engender a sense of community responsibility towards children.
We go digital!
Experts from Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich have arrived yesterday to work with us on further digitalization. One key aspect in our growth journey is to constantly reflect the quality of our services and the quality we would like to have in the future, to ensure that we have the competencies we need and to streamline processes as we are growing.
Thank you to our long-year partner Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich for joining us on this important journey and sending great delegates to work with us on site.
TEAM BUILDING DAY WITH PIPPA’S HEALTH CENTRE
Our youth was invited to Pippa’s Health Center for a Yoga session on 19th November 2022 at ESKA Park. The youth was very excited and appreciated the new experiences in exercising, increasing flexibility, in proper respiration, energy and vitality. The incorporation of meditation and breathing exercises was very helpful in improving their mental well-being. We thank Pippa’s Health Center for this amazing day!
OPENING TWO MORE BRANCHES
In January 2023 we will open two new branches: one in Dambai, the capital of the Oti Region -340 km away from Accra- and one in Sekondi-Takoradi, the capital of the Western Region -230 km away from Accra. Our holistic approach has proven to be very successful over the past two years. This means doing street work in the respective town, preventive work in the surrounding villages/communities and reintegration of street children into their families within a specific geographical perimeter.
In 2025, we aim to strengthen over 3,000 street-connected children and families in 8 different locations.
SUPPORT AND GREAT PARTNERSHIP!
More than a year ago, we successfully launched our TVET agency – this vocational training program is unique in Ghana. The young professionals are learning on-the-job during three weeks per month; during the fourth week they learn transferable skills and reflect on their learnings. This program is fueled by the great relationships and partnerships of trust that we could form with our corporate partners.
Read the story of Jessica, a young adult from CFC undergoing an apprenticeship at HPW here
Thank you HPW
A GREAT FEATURE!
We are honored to be featured on the platform of GreenViews, a leading developer of housing properties in Europe and in Ghana.
Over time, a great partnership has been carved between CFC and Green Views in relation to Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Green Views is a key member of our recently launched TVET Agency.
In order to enhance their professional growth, two young adults from CFC have been offered apprenticeship opportunities with Green Views.
Read the full article here
Thank you Green Views Proprieties
A memorable day in the live of CFC. On 9th June 2022, we were honored with a special visit from Shooting Stars FC and the Borussia Dortmund (BVB) Legends.
Our kids had the opportunity to engage first-hand with the Legends and show off some great talents in arts, culture and sports.
Chance for Children is grateful to be chosen for this special honor. We are thankful to the BVB Legends, the Shooting Stars team and entire partners.
Watch Our kids welcome the Legends at the airport here
HISTORY IN THE MAKING!
We are very excited to be part of a great event in June! Shooting Stars FC, a professional Ghanaian football club is set to make history by lining up Borussia Dortmund Legends (BVB) against an assembled African Legends team in Accra, Ghana.
The event is scheduled for the 8th – 12th of June 2022. Chance for Children is honored to be a part of this special event. We look forward to welcoming the BVB Legends, the Shooting Stars team and entire partners to Ghana and our facilities.
Read the official press release here
FUN-FILLED EASTER TREAT AT MӦVENPICK AMBASSADOR HOTEL!
On 20th and 21st April 2022, our children received a special picnic invitation from the RiiSE team at Mӧvenpick Ambassador Hotel to celebrate Easter.
Our children were treated to activities such as reading time, face painting, Easter egg hunt, sack racing, lime and spoon race with the winners receiving treats for winning. It was a thrilling experience.
12th APRIL! INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR STREET CHILDREN
Today marks the global International Day for Street Children! Chance For Children (CFC) is delighted to be a part of the NGO coalition in Ghana working together to raise awareness. Prior to this day, a 12-day social media activation was implemented.
To commemorate the day, we held as well a Seminar and Press Soiree to discuss the theme: The role of the everyday Ghanaian citizen in addressing the issues of children in street situations.
We participated as well in a placard campaign to raise awareness on the plight of street-connected children in Accra, Amasaman, Kumasi and Tamale.
The main objective is to advocate for street-connected children in the form of inclusive education, healthcare and other basic needs.
LAUNCH OF CFC-TVET AGENCY BUSINESS CLUB
On 7th April 2022, the official launch of the Business Club of the CFC – TVET Agency took place at the Greenviews property. The launch brought together key stakeholders and representatives from Chance for Children (CFC), Greenviews, The Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, ASAP Plumbing, HPW Dry & Fresh, Nestlé Ghana, Clifton Homes with support from the Swiss Embassy and many notable others.
The Business Club is the flagbearer of the CFC-TVET Agency and is the link between industry and TVET educational institution. The Business Club supports the ideologies and development of the CFC-TVET Agency and is the umbrella of Training for the trainers.
The CFC-TVET Agency is unique for Ghana and based on Switzerland’s dual vocational training model. It is developed in consultation with Prof. Dr. Heinrich Strebel from Siteco (Switzerland). Currently, 14 young adults and trainers of several companies have benefited from the CFC-TVET Agency.
Chance for Children in collaborations with the Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS), Safe-Child Advocacy (SCA) and with technical support from StreetInvest (SI) have together developed, a ‘Headcount Report on street-connected children in 6 Municipals and Metropolitan assemblies within the Central Kumasi Area’. Details on the report can be found here
AFTER SCHOOL PROGAM
On Wednesday, 22nd September, we started with some new activties in the Technical Training Centre of GIZ. We are excited to now be able to offer some children a safe place to complete their homework with the provision of an assistant, to play various games and have a snack!
A special visitor
On July 7th we were honored to welcome Swiss Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga at our Drop-In Centre, located near the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump in Accra. We showed her our facilities, where we offer a warm meal, medical care and the opportunity to participate in classes and workshops to over 45 children a day. Currently we are implementing a project in cooperation with the relevant ministry to develop an occupational education and training programme based on the Swiss dual-track system.
Read the official press release of the visit here.
Morning guest at SRF 1
Daniela Rüdisüli Sodjah, Founder and Director of Chance for Children, was a morning guest on SRF 1, where she talked about the street-connected children in Ghana in a live interview.
Chance for Children in the Swiss TV
On Monday, 5th and Tuesday, 6th July, Swiss television broadcasted a two-part documentary on Chance for Children in the “10 to 10” news magazine. In the first part, the journalist Stephan Rathgeb reports on the issues of street-connected children, and in the second part he gets into the solutions we are bringing.
Watch the documentary here (in German).
We are proud to have launched our new TVET agency. We are currently supporting 9 young adults from the fields of construction, gastronomy, beauty and fashion. We aim to have 20 by mid-2022. On 7th May 2021 we successfully launched our new programme and from 31 May to 4 June the first training week with apprentices took place! More details about this program you can find here.
On 2nd January this year we opened two new branches in Kumasi and Tamale, hundreds of kilometers away from Accra. We are delighted that till end of the year we will have reintegrated almost 100 children and families, held over 40 educational workshops and shared more than 23, 000 meals to street- connected children – only through these 2 new locations. In 2021 we would like to expand our interventions in Tamale by 100% and in Kumasi by 50%.
Great start in Kumasi and Tamale! Our teams succeed in empowering street-connected children and families within a 6-month period.
We are delighted to say that due to the excellent work of our teams done in Kumasi and Tamale, we were able to reunify 30 children from different places, support and guide an additional 48 children in their families, empower many street-connected children, share hundreds of meals and provide different workshops in Kumasi and Tamale, strengthen 2 villages near Tamale as well as two communities in Kumasi and finally to build great relationships with different stakeholders.
This week Cheshe and Banvim, two communities nearby Tamale, in the north of Ghana, participated in a hygiene workshop organized by our local team. We provided them with a donation of veronica buckets, soap, face masks and hand sanitizers. We wish everybody to make use of the items, apply everything learnt and stay safe!