On 2nd January 2020 we opened a new branch in Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti region and Ghana’s second city, located about 250 km north of Accra. The north-south migratory route of children and families often passes through Kumasi, where they stay for a while before moving further south in pursuit of better life and work opportunities.
From this new location, our three social workers can contact and assist the children on the streets of Kumasi and their families. But they also focus on prevention with families and communities in the villages around Kumasi, with the aim of avoiding that children run away to the streets. We expect the team to reach and strengthen 45 street-connected children and children at risk in Kumasi and the middle belt of Ghana by the end of 2020.
Another positive effect our presence in this area is that the work with the families of the children already supported by Chance for Children will also be intensified —until now, these families could only be visited every two months. Thanks to this proximity, the number of children cared for in their family can be increased.
Chance for Children gives great importance to networking. We aim to expand our cooperation with local, regional and national partners throughout the country as the only way to find holistic and effective solutions for street-connected children and families.
The main goals of our team are:
To empower reunified street connected children and their families.
To prevent children at risk from becoming street connected children.
To harness the resources and services from stakeholders to empower potential street connected children/street connected children and their families.
To acquire a better knowledge about street connected children for planning future interventions