Survival instead of playing
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, street-connected children, also referred to as “children in street situations” among other terms, are usually defined as children “for whom the street is a central reference point – one which plays a significant role in their everyday life and identity”.
There are millions of children living or working on the streets worldwide. In the Greater Accra Region alone, over 60,000 children were living on the streets in 2011, as reported by the Department of Social Welfare in their latest available census. 59% of them were girls. These children face social exclusion and daily violations of their rights, such as lack of access to education, healthcare or protection.
It is the goal of Chance for Children to empower some of these street-connected boys and girls so they can live a dignified life and improve their future opportunities.