Our Plan

About Future of Africa, assisting homeless youth in Ghana

The First Steps

Future of Africa believes in the most vulnerable children, and our mission is to restore them to good health, provide them with education and skills training, and equip them with an extended family of support to become responsible, engaged, and productive citizens. Together we can build a strong and scalable plan to solve one of Africa’s most pressing humanitarian crises.

Future of Africa leaders at the Norviwo Community Centre

1. WE INSPIRE

Three times a week we engage in conversations with youth in the streets, listening to their needs, serving hot meals, providing first aid, or going to the hospital with children who have critical medical needs. Through this, we’ve earned their trust, and stayed updated on their lives and activities on the streets. Our close relationships inspire these children to believe in themselves and their immense potential beyond the streets.

2. WE EMBRACE

Street residents who participate in weekly street outreach programs and express interest in leaving the streets are recruited to join our Miahaya program at FOA’s Norviwo Community Center. At Norviwo they participate in a one-year program focused on restoring their physical and psychological health. FOA traces their families, creates customized care plans, and prepares them to begin academic or vocational education.

3. WE EDUCATE

We currently enroll former street residents in a few selected schools that understand their unique needs and tailor lessons to meet their needs. FOA is developing a tailored alternative education program with a focus on technical education, values, employability, and entrepreneurship.

4. WE ESTABLISH

Together with our extended family support, we equip former street residents to create jobs and/or become meaningful employed. FOA believes in working together with like-hearted stakeholders committed to solving the growing problem of children in street situations in Africa. This includes former street children who are our biggest asset and hope to inspire future generations.

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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 deliver hope to children in street situations.

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Planning For The Future of Africa

The Norviwo Community Centre

Several of FOA’s programs, from Miahaya to Mialike, are run from our community centre with the help of donors, partners, and several of our volunteers that make up the Norviwo Extended Family Support (NEFS).

The community center is a safe space where children can begin the healing process. The Norviwo Community Centre wears many hats for our youth, from a warm place to stay to a functional classroom, and it is integral to our program being successful now and in the future.

Volunteer With Norviwo Extended Family Services 

Children at the Norviwo Community Centre in Accra

The Future of Africa Campus Concept

The Future of Africa Campus

Future of Africa is committed to extending our organization's high-quality Norviwo programs and positive street residents experience across Ghana - giving more children in street situations a chance to transform their lives. Our hope is to deepen our impact across various cities while maintaining a strong family culture that binds us all together. FOA is currently completing a comprehensive strategic plan with details to build a permanent campus with facilities for health and wellness, technical education, boarding, physical education, business incubation, etc.

Legend

  • A - Official Residence & Guest Accommodations - visiting specialist, donors,
  • B - President/ED Administrative building - Operational staff, President/ED, Boardroom, Staff lounge etc.
  • C - Center for Health & Wellbeing - Wellbeing offices, Clinic, Dentists Office, Optometrist, Creative Arts Studio, Music & Dance Studio, Gym, chaplain, Food Services, Library, student lounge
  • D - Student Residences - Group apartments - Each unit will have 4 bedrooms, 2 shared full washrooms, shared kitchen, and 1 bedroom + office/living area and washroom for social worker. 3 floors, each floor will have 4 units. 60 people per apartment. Student lounges and activities room.
  • E - Classrooms - Seminar style classrooms 50 students capacity
  • F - Amphitheatre - For town halls, student activities, events and hangouts
  • G - Auditorium - 150 students capacity multipurpose hall
  • H - Faculty building - Academic and Vocational staff offices, boardroom,
  • I - Faculty lounge, campus security, food services, computer lab/animation studio, student center, student lounge, bookstore/giftstore
  • J - Garage 1 - Culinary kitchen, Pottery studio, Fashion & Design
  • K - Garage 2 - Woodworking, Welding, Masonry, Millwright, Plumbing,
  • L - Garage 3 - Electrician, Automotive repair, Aircondition repair,
  • M - Accelerator - Business incubator, Athletics dept, Conference services,
  • N - Multipurpose court - Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball Soccer and track field
  • O - Biodigester
*FOA’s program offerings will be announced as they are finalized.

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

 

FOA Street Residents (FOASR) - Beneficiaries of FOA’s support currently living in the streets

FOA Norviwo Residents (FOANR) - Beneficiaries of FOA’s support living at Norviwo Community Center

FOA Children (FOAC) - Collective term for both street and norviwo residents

FOA Norviwo Scholars (FOANS) - Norviwo residents who are enrolled in school

FOA Norviwo Program (FOANP) - Street Outreach, Beyond the Streets, Education and Vocational Training, EFS, Give back

Beyond the streets (BTS) - Programs and activities for children taken off the streets

Key phrases

 

A family of support for children in street situations to become responsible, engaged and productive citizens of Ghana.

 

Equipping children in street situations to realise and contribute their created potential.

 

The Future of Africa equips young leaders with the fundamentals of social change. From the streets to university hall ways, we provide opportunities to become responsible leaders of change in their own communities.

 

Extended family of support for children in street situations








Midzo (Ewe language - Where are the children?)

Recruit 13-15 year olds to enrol into Miahaya, children younger or older will be referred to partner organizations
Our volunteers and FOA Leaders will identify prospects for technical education and entrepreneurial skills

 

 



Miahaya (Let’s Heal) - Year 1/5 of holistic wellness, technical education and entrepreneurial skills

Focus on restoring their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing
New recruits go through a thorough health screening, we trace and reconnect them with their families, and create individual care plans for them.
Begin core programs - basic English comprehension and communication, financial literacy, computer literacy, current affairs, personal hygiene etc.
Exploratory first year - they dabble 3-4 trades (carpentry, plumbing, solar systems, electronics etc.) to identify interests and strengths
Extra-curricular activities - Soccer, track and field, music and dance, creative arts etc.
FOA leaders from university or high school gap-year students will teach some of our basic core programs
Prepare them for 2 year specialisation in a trade
Miasrornu (Let’s Learn) Year 2&3/5 of holistic wellness, technical education and entrepreneurial skills

Declare a major in a trade and receive focussed 40% theory and 60% apprenticeship education

Continue with intermediate & advanced core programsCore programs will be in three stages basic, intermediate and advancee
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Mialike (Be established) Year 4 & 5 - Focus on entrepreneurship and equipping for independence

Incubator and accelerator for business start ups, seed capital
Supporting Norviwo apprentice with housing support, post graduate mentorship
Polish core program skills
Equip with tools/support for independent living
Mentor continuing students
Help us recruit/become a Norviwo ambassador
Graduate from FOA's programs
Join alumni community

 


FOA is redesigning its programs to deliver a 5 year holistic wellness, technical education and entrepreneurial skills education to homeless youth between 13-15 years.

Selected participants will receive special support for their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Our goal is to help them attain good health before beginning an intensive technical skills training. FOA will focus on providing training in carpentry, plumbing, solar systems, refrigeration, electronics etc. Our goal is to equip former homeless youth with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience to meet the needs of their local communities. Our education will place emphasis on entrepreneurship because we want to empower our graduates to create jobs, provide employment , and grow their local economies to reduce the impact of poverty. We are building a robust program to ensure we inspire, embrace, educate and establish homeless youth to become productive citizens in their communities.

Every Moment Counts

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

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