|Posted by Paul Semeh on June 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM|
GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT"...Help A Homeless Child in Africa.... Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 1:41pm HELP ONE HOMELESS CHILD IN AFRICA......... One dollar, one book, one meal, one item of [email protected] a time DONATE $1, One Book, One Item of Clothing, One Used Computer, School Supplies Afrodesiac Worldwide in conjunction with our foundation, Revolutionary Underground, introduces The "GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT", A grassroots effort to help assist homeless children in Africa, receive the support, encouragement and basic tools needed to survive and get an education. Over the upcoming months we will host events, fundraisers, book and clothing drives to raise awareness and assist homeless children throughout Africa. During 2010, we are focusing our efforts on the HOMELESS CHILDREN of Ghana and the STREET ACADEMY SCHOOL FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN. Ghana's Department of Social Welfare and local NGO's believe there are over 21,000 children living and working on the streets of Ghana's capital city of Accra without a parent to protect them. Nationwide there could be as many as 50,000, the department said, with many of them in Ghana's second city, Kumasi. Place of birth, ethnic group and religion do not appear to be important in deciding who ends up on the streets as family stability and poverty. Bur of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2005. The migration of children from rural to urban areas increased, due to economic hardship. Children were driven to the streets to fend for themselves, increasing both the occurrence of child labor and the school dropout rate. During the year MOWAC officials estimated that as many as 40 thousand porters, most of whom were girls under 18, lived on the streets in major cities, including Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi. These girls were among the most vulnerable child laborers, as many also engaged in prostitution or were sexually exploited in exchange for protection while living on the streets. In 2003 the Ghana Statistical Service and the ILO International Program to Eliminate Child Labor (ILO/IPEC) surveyed 2,314 street children throughout the country, most of whom lived in the urban areas of the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions and had migrated from northern rural areas. Of those surveyed, 45.7 percent had never attended school, 98.1 percent were engaged in economic activity within the last 12 months, and 80 percent stated the work was demanding. Over three-quarters of street children surveyed reported that both parents were alive, indicating poverty was the main cause of the problem. Once on the streets, children receive no formal education, are at increased risk of illness, have poor diets and hygiene, and must struggle to earn money for food. Many of them experience theft and violence, and girls are frequently raped. Stephen Adongo, deputy director at Ghana's Department of Social Welfare said his Child Rights Protection Division, which is one of three in the department, has a nationwide operating budget of about US$1,700 for the first quarter of 2007, which parses down to $170 for each of the country's ten regions. Places such as THE STREET ACADEMY SCHOOL FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN in Ghana's capital of Accra, have become a vital safe haven to these most vulnerable children. The STREET ACADEMY SCHOOL founded in 1985 by social worker Ataa Lartey provides education, foster care and scholarships to the homeless children of Ghana. Over 460 street children are supported by the Academy. 93 study at the Street Academy, the rest are in formal schools or have gone on to secondary and technical schools and universities. Although the school has become a much needed resource for the homeless youth of Ghana, the school struggles with inadequate facilities, funding, supplies and resources. Without the Street Academy most of these children would have no hope and no future. Although the children of Ghana face many obstacles in obtaining an education, they flourish. Ghana's literacy rate is among the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, and continues to rise. Given the opportunity and the tools needed, Ghana's youth will succeed. YOU CAN HELP The GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT aims to create a family of global citizens to foster the homeless children of Ghana and throughout Africa. Through your help, we provide children with basic resource needed to assist them in reaching their full potential. As well as mentorship, financial and emotional support. We are asking each of our Facebook Family members to help one child, one dollar,one meal,one item of clothing, one book, at a time. WHAT"S NEEDED! USED or NEW clothing, shoes, books, textbooks, used or new computers, printers, learning software, school supplies, backpacks, and as little as $1 can make a difference and help a child pay for food or transport to school. ITS EASY TO HELP! Drop off or send to our Brooklyn or Africa locations: AFRODESIAC WORLDWIDE 593 Vanderbilt Ave Brooklyn, New York (downtown Brooklyn) Afrodesiac Worldwide P.O.Box 6212 Cantonments - Accra, Ghana ALL DONATIONS ARE GIVEN DIRECTLY BY Chiedza to the Street Academy School and the homeless children of Africa through our outreach programs such as the Afrodesiac Worldwide "Future Leaders" Girls Empowerment Group. Chiedza Makonnen is the International Representative of the Street Academy School for Homeless Children One Love One Aim One Destiny Afrodesiac Worldwide leave your ego...bring your soul brooklyn kingston accra Sponsored by Afrodesiac Worldwide a Revolutionary Underground Project, a REVOLUTIONARY UNDERGROUND project sponsored by AFRODESIAC WORLDWIDE Donating Supplies to The Street Academy School, Accra, Ghana, Backpacks filled with supplies (notebooks,colored pencils,pens,pencils,ruler,pencil sharpener,calculator,folders,crayons), Dell Desktop Computer and Flat Screen Monitor, Learning Software, Wireless Internet Router, Soccer Balls, Table Tennis Equipment, Books. We were also able to provide the students with lunch Much thanks to all Facebook Friends who donated supplies, your generosity is priceless, THANK YOU. The Street Academy School educates children who are found homeless in Accra. The Times News Article Accra Ghana Afrodesiac Worldwide's "Future Leaders of Africa" Girls Empowerment Group Provides mentorship, field trips, meals, clothing, books, educational and emotional support. We strive to assist these beautiful young women achieve their full potential and be the future leaders of their communities.
|Posted by Ataa Lartey on June 21, 2010 at 5:59 AM|
The Street Academy has for the past nine weeks, embarked on footballtalent hunting programme.
This is in conformity with the FIFA One Goal Project.
The Academy is combining this with Children’s Education andclassroom activities, including reading, writing and numeracy.
The One Goal Project will last for 16 weeks after which twoteams will be formed out of 36 children who will undertake the project FIFA ONEGOAL. The children who will be trained each day after the classroom activitiesfor 16 weeks while football matches are organized for them on Saturdays inorder to select the best players who will be allowed to learn with the streetacademy children under the non-formal street academy education programme.
After one year, 36 children will be selected and be sent toformal school under the supervision of the Ghana Education Service. These children’seducation and their training in football will be supported by the GhanaFootball Association,(GFA), GHALCA and the District Referees Association.
Refer to the Ghanaian Times Tuesday June 21, 2010
|Posted by Ataa Lartey on June 15, 2010 at 7:49 AM|
Children are always believed to be a gift from God, and are supposed to be taken care of appropriately, as they deserve. It is a good thing to have children of ones own, especially when it is the expectation of the parents. A country with about 40% of their population being children is sometimes considered to be a country of great future leaders. Many marriages, more often than not, end on the rocks due to absence of children. This is because it is the notion of many, who go into marriage, to have children, so that the children could inherit their property, take care of them when they are in their old age or at times boast about their potency of their manhood and fertility of the womb. It is also the dream of every woman to have children, and take pride in it. Many people at certain times of their lives lose hope of their accumulating property, since they find it pointless as there would be no one to inherit them. However, though the presence of children in ones life is seen as a blessing, some people do not see it that way. The existence of children in the lives of some people, to them, is a nuisance and unbearable. Whereas many women crave to have children of their own and take delight in, others despise children to the extent that it becomes a sort of allergy to them. Who are Street Children? It is interesting to hear children saying what future professions they would like to be in. They often have the hope of becoming great people in the future, but some dreams are shattered along the way. Every now and then, children become victims of circumstance, a situation they have no idea of. Parents at certain point in time make certain unfair decisions, which give the child no other choice, than to end up on the streets, hence them becoming street children. A child is referred to as a street child, when he or she lives on the street, and as well depend solely on life on the streets for most of his or her livelihood. Children in this state are not under the care of their parents or any adult, and are not under any form of control, so do not often get to live with their families during a lifetime. They are more often denied the opportunity of living with their families, and thereby do not have any idea of how family life feels like. They habitually live life the hard way, so do not get the needs of life as easily as other children do. Despite the fact that they are usually aged between 10 and 15 years, they are generally engaged in adult activities, in order to fend for themselves, and also live in uncompleted and abandoned buildings, parks, containers, pavements, kiosks or on the street itself. Whereas, some of these street children do not seem to have any idea as to which family roots they are connected to, some of these children know their families. They beg for alms or engage in street selling. Majority, in the end, go to their various homes and give their earnings to their parents or guardians for the up-keeping of the home. Some children, owing to extreme poverty in the home, prefer to stay on the streets permanently to fend for themselves. Causes of Street Children "There is no smoke without fire" goes an old adage. Every event that occurs has a root from which it is generated. Street children come into existence as a result of certain decisions taken by the parents of the children. Street children at certain times face the harsh realities of life due to natural occurrences. It must be put in mind that street children, do not only come into this life as a result of a mistakes committed by their parents, but sometimes due to the death of either parent. Maternal mortality can also be a cause of children living on the streets. Whenever maternal mortality occurs, the child becomes an orphan and when enough care is not taken, ends up on the streets, since he/she has no one to call mum or dad. Also in the case of maternal mortality, the child sometimes ends up living with a step-parent, which usually results in their being maltreated, by both the step-parent and siblings. In some cases female children are even defiled by their step-siblings/parent. In some homes parents have no idea that the exhibition of bad manners and behaviors affect the child's nature negatively. During certain periods in the home, the frequent occurrence of certain unpleasant situations make the child reach a point at which he or she feels enough is enough. Whenever the parent, especially the father, is always under the influence of alcohol leading to brutalization of the woman, the child becomes traumatized and eventually is forced to leave the home. This lands the child on the streets, if he or she does not have anyone to turn to. At certain times, children decide to leave home because of poverty, starvation and unemployment. In the developing and under-developed countries, where the standard of living is virtually low, the crises of poverty and starvation are very persistent. Whenever the situation gets unbearable, children decide to go to the streets to fend for themselves, which might lead to them not going back home again. Apart from the above named causes, divorce and separation in marriages, are also reasons for the presence of street children. At certain point in marriage, when couples refuse to tolerate each other, which eventually ends in divorce, the children are those who feel the effects most. During divorce some couples refuse to accept the responsibility of their children, especially when they both married to different people, due to the new partner not agreeing to take care of the children, resulting in them becoming homeless, and leaving to struggle on the streets. On a more serious note, some parents deliberately abandon their children, in order to go on in life and accomplish a personal ambition of theirs. Most parents in their quest to make it in life do not see their children as part of their future so do not find it a problem abandoning them. When children are left without any trace of their parents whereabouts, they land on the street searching for greener pastures. Consequences of street children It is often believed that the environment in which one finds him or herself, has a great impact the person. Children on the streets, due to the nature of activities that go on, are exposed to a lot of dangers, which affects them physically and mentally. Most times girls, who are left on the streets, become victims of defilement and rape. Owing to the fact that they have nobody to protect them, the older ones, especially the males, take advantage of their physical weakness and harass them sexually. Females, who have been sexually abused, often turn to prostitution, since they do not see anything special about their bodies anymore. AIDS is also rising at an alarming rate among street children, due some of these ordeals they go through. At times people take advantage of their innocence and naivety, and introduce them to drugs. Some of them are forced to take dangerous drugs like cocaine, and also manipulate them into swallowing some of these drugs for trafficking. Most of these children end up becoming addicts, unable to free themselves till they die. Some of these children sometimes end up becoming armed robbers, leading to them becoming a danger and nuisance to society. The health condition of street children is generally poor. Many suffer from chronic diseases like TB, leprosy, typhoid, malaria, jaundice and liver/kidney disorders. Children in the early stages of life are prone to a lot of diseases, which sometimes lead to an untimely death. The street child, who has nobody to direct him as to what to do and where to go, does not have the opportunity to be immunized against childhood killer diseases. Whenever children are not taken care of and not taught the values of life, they end up not having enough confidence in themselves. Timidity, fear and distrust for their fellow man sets into their hearts, since they have nobody to trust and end up having a very low self esteem. Conclusion Children are a gift from God and the future leaders of the country so must be taken care of properly. It must also be put into consideration that their being taken care of at the tender stage is very important, since they are too fragile to take care of themselves and have nobody to protect them. Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra) OPINION 12 March 2008 Helena Selby
|Posted by Ataa Lartey on June 3, 2010 at 9:13 AM|
The management of Melcom Ghana Limited has presented items worth GhC300 to The Street Academy last Monday May 31, 2010 in Accra.
The Administrative Manager of Melcom, Dave Aful, said the presentation was part of their social responsibility to the needy in society.
The Executive Director of The Street Academy , Ataa Lartey , received the items on behalf of the his outfit and thanked the management of Melcom for the kind gesture.
He promised that the items would be put to good use for the purpose of which it was presented. The items included biscuits, drinks, bathroom sandals and other clothing.
|Posted by Ataa Lartey on May 18, 2010 at 6:51 AM|
The Rebecca Project, based from the USA, have introduced a new program in the Street Academy which seeks to educate and empower the female students. There is a meeting this afternoon to introduce the girls to the program and begin. The program will teach the girls personal hygiene, nutrition, etiquette, leadership skills, and other lessons that aim to educate, empower, and raise the self confidence of the girls. The girls will meet every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
|Posted by Ataa Lartey on May 18, 2010 at 6:47 AM|
The students were on holidays from April 16 until May 10. Classes have now resumed and the staff have had several planning meetings to discuss upcoming events and projects.