Street Work

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Chance for Children’s street workers are working on the street in the areas of Agbogbloshie, Kokomba, Railways and Abossey Okai from Monday to Friday empowering thousands of street-connected children through guidance and workshops on essential issues (health, education, family planning, etc.).

Earning the trust of a child on the street takes time, thus our street workers carefully initiate contact with them and slowly build a trusting relationship. We interact with hundreds of children every month. With some of them, we intensify this relationship by visiting their relatives, assessing their educational options or inviting them to join activities. After some time, the children are either reintegrated into their families, referred to our drop-in centre or recommended to other NGOs.

In 2021 we aim to engage young adults, or “street champions”, who are residents of the street area and who are ready to contribute to the improvement of the street environment especially for street-connected children. They will receive a leadership/ communication training which will allow them to support the street workers’ community advocacy programs and assist in referring children. Through them we will collect valuable information about street-connected children allowing us to continuously adjust our interventions.

Our results in 2020*

  • 435 new children were referred to the drop-in centre

  • 1 child was brought back to school

  • 1 child was reunited with family

  • 361 children were educated on topics related to health, education and made aware where to seek further support

  • 69 youth and adults attended CFC’s workshops to advance their social competence and self-reflection

CFC’s work has been impacted by the measures the Ghanaian government introduced to contain COVID-19. Our street workers had to cease their activities and the drop-in center was closed between March and September 2020.

CFC instantly responded with a customized approach to this complex situation in-line with official advice and without jeopardizing children’s safety.

The 2020 results reflect these unprecedented times in scale, impact and the restriction of our activities.