Success stories

In the past 21 years thousands of street-connected children have been empowered and hundreds have been brought back to their family with the support of Chance for Children. 173 children have successfully completed their programme with us and no longer need our support. 55 were able to complete an apprenticeship, a vocational school/training or Senior High School. 29 have been reunited and their families have been able to fully take care of them. 89 children have been reunited with their families directly from the Drop-in-Centre without any further support.

Every year, we evaluate the long-term impact of our interventions through a survey to all our graduates who completed an apprenticeship, a vocational school/training or a Senior High School during the 5 past years.

 

 Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Number of respondents

19

18

17

21

18

 Working

89%

89%

82%

76%

83%

 Self-employed

18%

44%

31%

37%

20%

 Employed

70%

56%

69%

63%

80%

 Financially independent

76%

75%

80%

71%

87%

 Working on the profession they learnt

70%

75%

64%

48%

80%

 Doing further studies

37%

39%

29%

38%

22%

 Supporting others

44%

31%

35%

24%

40%

 

Vision accomplished

Here are three exemplary success stories by former street-connected children.

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Ama

My name is Ama. I came to Chance for Children two years after completing my basic school education. At the time I was 16 years old. There wasn’t enough money to continue my training. So I sold fish and kenkey instead. One day a social worker from Chance for Children approached me and asked why I wasn’t going to school. At a meeting with my mother the CFC management offered to support us by paying for my apprenticeship. Three years later I completed my training as a hairdresser and was released from Chance for Children with some money for renting an apartment, a hairdryer and other accessories which allowed me to work on my own. Today I’m working as a hairdresser and take on full responsibility for myself. I also support my younger sister financially so that she can go to school.

(Ama, 24 years old, graduate from Chance for Children)

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Kojo

Kojo is my name. Nine years ago I was a street boy in Jamestown. I got to know Chance for Children and they gave me the chance to change my life. First they taught me in the house as a preparation for my schooling. Then 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 chose 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 finishing it to be able to look after myself and my family in the future. For some years my younger sister has also been supported by Chance for Children in our family.

(Kojo, 21 years old, Chance for Children)

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Kwamena

My name is Kwamena. I was picked up from the street as a street child. 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 sent CFC to my aid. There I was loved, cared for and sent to school from the basic level to Senior High School and finally to an apprenticeship, where I was trained as a sound engineer. This gave me the opportunity to establish my own recording studio. I record music for popular musicians in Ghana, such as Adame Best, Chris Mentor, Fame and Lazy Dazy. Today I’m extremely glad about the chance CFC gave me. Therefore I thank the CFC management for this most amazing help and upbringing. I hope that they continue to do good for the current and future street children of Accra.

(Kwamena, 25 years old, graduate of Chance for Children)

 

For more personal stories of street-connected children, click here.