Adamfo Ghana is a Dutch charity working for a better future for street connected children and youth in Ghana. We partner with local NGOs that are working on different projects in and around the three biggest cities in Ghana; Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.

Adamfo means ‘friends’ in Akan, the most common language in Ghana. We chose the Adinkra symbol ‘Nkonsonkonson’ (‘In unity lies strength’) as our logo. Together we stand strong!

An introduction to the board of Adamfo Ghana:

Our board members are:


Emmanuel Adu-Ampong (chairman):

“I think every individual should have the opportunity to realise his/ her dreams and to be able to secure a good future. Education, skills training and job creation are key to achieving this aim.”


Koos de Vetten (secretary):

“Through my work in different international organisations I made possible several small-scale projects and I have seen the difference these projects make into the lives of the children. I like to help realize such concrete results in Ghana as well.”

Christian Erkelens (treasurer):

“How privileged we are in the Netherlands, is something one can hardly grasp unless having lived abroad for a period of time. Children who were born in less privileged circumstances should get the opportunity to create a better future for themselves. Breaking the cycle of poverty. That’s what we are aiming for.”


Marre de Vetten (board member):

“I’m amazed by the street children in Kumasi. I can see their strength but at the same time their vulnerability, as they are wondering where they will sleep during the night. These children are just children and they deserve a better future.”


Karlijn Laman (board member):

“These young children have so much potential, but were born and grew up in the wrong circumstances. To help the girls learn a trade benefits not only them but also their families and their kids in the future.”


Edna Brouns (board member):

“I am working at the Street Children Project in Kumasi for the coming four years. What I find most remarkable so far is the resilience of these youngsters. They have so much to offer and deserve to be empowered so they can create a better future for themselves!”

Maureen van der Grinten (board member):

“During the six months that I worked at Street Children Project I got to know the strong, kind and optimistic nature of street connected children. Even though all odds seem to be against them. I’m committed to contributing to improving those odds and give them a better future.”


Adamfo Ghana is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO – in Dutch: ANBI) and is therefore entitled to make use of specific Dutch tax advantages. People making donations may deduct their gifts from Dutch income tax or corporate income tax.


Adamfo Ghana is a member of PartinPartin is the Dutch umbrella organization for small-scale private sector development initiatives, giving voice to and representing the interests of its members.

Adamfo Ghana is part of the Consortium of Street Children network. The CSC is the only global alliance of organisations raising the voices of street children at international level.