The projects we set up with our local partners can be divided over three programmes:
All children should grow up in a safe environment and at home. Children who live on the streets are therefore supported to return to their family or to an alternative family-based home. Secondly, our focus is on education (formal education and informal vocational training) and increasing employment opportunities (through internships, entrepreneurship training and business start-up kits). Finally, the empowerment of these children and their families and communities is crucial, so that they can claim their rights from relevant government and agencies. We call on the Ghanaian authorities to take responsibility and find sustainable solutions for ‘streetism’, hoping that one day no child will have to live on the streets.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
Adamfo Ghana contributes to the following SDGs:
- SDG 1 Eradicating poverty
- SDG 2 End to hunger
- SDG 4 Inclusive and quality education for all
- SDG 5 Equal rights and empowerment of women and girls
- SDG 8 Employment and decent work for all
- SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
Although street children are often seen as pathetic and helpless, in fact they have great potential:
- They want to learn and develop
- They are creative in finding solutions
- They know how to survive in difficult circumstances
- They work together a lot and can organize themselves well
- They have a high degree of solidarity, both towards each other and towards others.
Our strategy is therefore not to work for the children, but with them. The children contribute greatly to analyzing their situation and the problems they encounter and finding solutions to them.