Okponglo, Accra, April 17, 2018.
The Future of Africa team begun a life-transformation on April 17 to free three girls ages 16, 15 and 14 from the brutal realities of living in the streets of Accra.
When these girls were not sleeping in dark mosquito infested shacks at Airport Bush, they slept on the sidewalks of Marina Mall, Opeibea Intersection or the Legion slum. They survived on pocket change from begging and on bad days on food from the trash bins of Kotoka International Airport and Holiday Inn Accra. Out of fear for their safety, these girls befriended boys in the street who often took advantage of their desperation and demanded for sexual favors in exchange for protection, money and food.
The FOA team got to know these girls through their weekly Good Neighbors Program. FOA Leaders engage children in street situations in literacy, arts and craft and other fun activities. They share meals and engage in conversations to get to know them as well as convince them of a better life off the streets.
These girls were keen to pursue a better life after surviving multiple physical abuse, rape and neglect for 17 years. They are currently enrolled in a boarding school where they have access to safety, quality education, counseling and a hope to realize their full potential.
FOA is committed to helping these children transform their lives. We are making efforts to reunite these children with family. Our plan is to equip them to be responsible young leaders to transform their communities one day.