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Street Children of Kumasi Project

The Project

The Street Children Project Kumasi was founded in 2005. It envisions a world where all children live, grow and are cared for within their family homes. A world where no child spends his/her childhood on the streets. It is a small organisation (currently staffed by 10 people in total) with an ambitious range of services:

  • street outreach
  • drop-in centre activities
  • educational sponsorship
  • skills training
  • family tracing and reunification
  • early childhood development

The project is owned by the Archdiocese of Kumasi, managed by the Daughters of Charity and implemented by Ghanaian staff. The Director, Sister Olivia, and the Deputy Director, Sr. Caroline, are Nigerian sisters with university degrees in social work. The rest of the staff members are Ghanaian – most have been with the project since its inception in 2005.

Sr. Olivia is committed to strengthening her team and growing the project. She has extensive, management level experience in an NGO setting, exacting standards and high energy levels. She is committed to introducing systems and procedures that will improve, professionalise and streamline their service delivery.

Street Outreach

Ibrahim is the project’s standout street worker – he speaks Dagboni and Twi, relates personally to the children’s experience and walks around the streets comfortably. Street work is a vocation.

Drop-in Centre

Sr. Olivia has transformed the drop-in centre into a multi-purpose building. The centre is a mixed facility offering a variety of activities for children ranging in age from 3-15 years:

  • one-on-one counselling
  • arts and crafts
  • videos
  • bathing
  • laundry
  • values talk
  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • room to relax and play games such as checkers, draughts and cards

Crèche

After demolishing the crèche in Racecourse slum, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) promised to give the project another plot of land and support the construction of a new early childhood development centre. The Sisters began a local fundraising drive but despite approaching local businesses They struggled to raise any additional funding, so the building project had stopped when the parish agreed to become involved. The plan is to erect a three classroom building with an office and ablution block which is estimated to cost around £20000.

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