The wellbeing of Africa’s children and youth is critical to the future of Africa. We take a long-term approach to supporting the growth and development of young people living in the streets and rural villages.
Our programs provide opportunities for student leaders to address
issues of social justice. It is important that young leaders understand their place in the world and their contributions within it.
We are driven by the ethos of service, compassion, and justice.
There are more than 65,000 children and youth living on the streets of
Accra. When we see children as young as 8-years-old sleeping on the streets or begging for money at busy traffic intersections, we feel a tremendous responsibility to act. All children have the right to security, healthcare, and education, and they deserve every opportunity to realize their full potential. Our programs directly address the issues our street children face.
Since 2010, FOA has been working in Lolito, Ghana (Volta Region) to improve the quality of education that children and youth from marginalized communities receive.
Smile Child Academy was built to provide accessible and affordable education for disadvantaged, rural families. The school currently has 103 students, 13 staff, and operates classes from Preschool to Junior Highschool. It is also where the street children we work with go to school when they demonstrate a readiness and commitment to study.
Future of Africa is a call to action for young leaders to serve in their communities.
It is important to us that young people grow in their awareness of the lived realities that others face in the African continent, and that they are encouraged to use their skills and abilities to become part of the solution. Our Leadership Development Program journeys alongside passionate young people as they discover what transformative and ethical leadership looks like. We invite university-aged students to participate in our street outreach programs, while also hosting weekly seminars to discuss ideas, challenges, and strategies on how to create lasting change in their own communities and contexts.