Our Mission

About Future of Africa, assisting homeless youth in Ghana

Our mission is to provide homeless youth with holistic wellness, technical education, and entrepreneurial skills in order to transform their lives, their families, and their communities.

The Truth Of Life In Accra

Driving through Accra, it’s hard not to notice the growing number of young people wiping windshields at the Shiashi intersection, directing traffic at the Boundary road-Adjiringanor road intersection, and begging for money at the Flower Pot and Opeibea intersections. The situation is similar in Kasoa, Takoradi, Kumasi, and Tamale. At night, some of these children sleep in uncompleted buildings, under bridges, and on sidewalks in the open air.

Homeless youth in Accra, Ghana

The Scale Of This Crisis

From Durban to Alexandria, from Nairobi to Accra the problem of child homelessness is a growing concern in many major cities across the continent. There are 30 million children living in street situations in Africa, according to a 2011 ILO-UNICEF joint estimate. In Ghana, conservative estimates suggest that there are about 204,000 children living in street situations in Accra, up from an estimated 33,000 in 2011.

Knowledge Is Power

Most people are apprehensive when approached by children in street situations. Seeking their daily survival, these children may be desperate and sometimes aggressive, and their persistence in getting attention often generates fear and anxiety. Although children in street situations are not all innocent, the general public knows little about their lives, forming judgments based on assumptions. Many of these children endure daily violence, trafficking, and sexual exploitation in the streets. They experience significant trauma from physical abuse, rape, hit and runs, and brutality. In the worst cases, some meet untimely deaths with no justice.

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Make A Difference

Through the help of our partners and donors, FOA is able to be in the streets of Accra weekly, continuing to bring hope to children in street situations.

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Finding Family

Children in street situations are often born into poverty and broken family systems. Most are primary school dropouts who seek refuge in the streets from negligence, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at home. Once in the streets, the brutal realities they face force them to become hardened to avoid being taken advantage of. At the same time, they meet other children in the streets with similar experiences, and together they build strong familial bonds.

Beginning The Healing

Children in street situations are vulnerable to extremely poor health with no access to basic healthcare. They often suffer from starvation, repeat exposure to malaria, bacterial infections, respiratory issues, HIV/AIDS, and other ailments. Life on the streets also has significant impacts on these children’s mental health, and many become addicted to opioids such as tramadol, marijuana, or sex as coping mechanisms for undiagnosed anxiety, depression, or PTSD, as well as chronic loneliness and neglect.

The Next Steps

As Ghana faces rising poverty and unemployment rates, children in street situations represent one of the country’s most urgent humanitarian crises. If ignored, these young people may grow up to become desperate and disenfranchised adults with nothing more to lose. This is not a recipe for safety, peace, and development.

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Future of Africa performing street outreach in Accra, Ghana

  • Our FOA Leaders have served 7,500+ hours, providing 16,800+ meals and responding to over 100 critical medical situations.
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Every Moment Counts

Every moment a child is off the streets and in the classroom is another moment for the Future of Africa.

Transformation Story- How Isaac Andoh survived the streets living with polio.

Transformation Story- How Isaac Andoh survived the streets living with polio.

Posted Sep 3rd, 2021

Former Street Resident, Isaac Andoh, Shares His Story About Living On The Streets With Polio.

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How Rebecca Coffie found hope in the face of crisis

How Rebecca Coffie found hope in the face of crisis

Posted May 6th, 2021

Former Street Resident, Rebecca Coffie, Shares Her Story About Finding Hope When She Encountered Future Of Africa

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Leading The Effort To Support Accra's Street Children

Leading The Effort To Support Accra's Street Children

Posted Aug 16th, 2019

Assistant Dean at Ashesi, Torwomenye Azaglo, leads in an effort to support and rehabilitate Accra's street children.

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The future of Africa starts with young people harnessing the fundamentals of social responsibility to drive positive change within themselves.

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