Our new House of Refuge, a safe place for young mothers living on the streets of Accra, needs furnishing with beds, tables and more!
Chance for Childhood is an award-winning charity working in Africa to support the most vulnerable children, such as street children, disabled children, children affected by conflict and kids behind bars. Our vision is of a world where no child is forgotten!
In Ghana we run several projects aimed at helping street children. Our focus is on ensuring children of young street mothers have access to quality inclusive pre-school education.
The House of Refuge is a unique place in Ghana’s capital, Accra. It has been a lifeline for hundreds of pregnant street girls and young mothers living on the streets, providing a safe-haven to escape the dangers of the streets – where poverty and a lack of stability leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, sexual violence and abuse.
At the refuge, pregnant street girls and young mothers benefit from anti-natal and post-natal services, counselling and emotional support, meals and various types of vocational training, such as catering, dress-making and hairdressing.
The old building became unsafe due to irreparable cracks, so we are rebuilding a new and improved one! This will be one of the first fully accessible refuges in the Ghanaian capital and construction has been underway for some time.
But now we need your help. We can finish the building, but we need to raise a further £3,000 to fit it out with everything it needs to become functional. Beds for the young mothers and children, furniture, curtains, tables and cooking equipment – we quickly need to raise this money to ensure the refuge can be up and running and helping vulnerable street girls as quickly as possible.
After her father passed away, Esi’s family was left with no source of income. With no money, she couldn’t go to school and so when she turned 17 she left her home in the rural north to go to Accra, Ghana’s busy urban capital.
But in Accra, Esi found life no easier. With nowhere to live and struggling to find work, Esi joined the tens-of-thousands of young girls living on Accra’s streets.
Thankfully, she found out about our House of Refuge which took her in. The refuge gave her a place to live and she learned how to sew, meaning she could start to earn money for herself.
One day Esi hopes to run her own business selling clothes. “Now I know how to make clothes and it can change my life”, she told us.
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