AfriKids - Ghana - 2013
AfriKids is a Child Rights organisation working to improve life for Ghana’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Their work covers children’s projects including foster homes, schools and street child centres, child trafficking, child labour and the spirit child phenomenon.
Years: 2013, 2014
Operation SINGh directly seeks to work with hard to reach children at risk of becoming street children, victims of child labour and those with health problems and disabilities. Many are orphaned or come from single parent families that survive off basic subsistence farming and live a hand to mouth existence. As a result, education often takes a backseat and is not considered a priority.
Operation SINGh is holistic and employs AfriKids' ‘one child at a time’ policy. Phase one achieved a 100% success rate in helping 150 children to sustainably access education and 120 women, whose children received support, to increase their income through microfinance support. AfriKids launched phase two in 2011, with the aim of reaching out to a further 150 children across five rural communities, in order to sustainably turn life around for the better.
Funding from the ALMT will ensure community volunteers are equipped for their roles. They monitor, mentor and counsel the children and their families. They are all local people and truly understand the issues that people in their communities face.
It will ensure every child and family is registered on the National Health Insurance Scheme, which means they will be able to access healthcare free at the point of delivery.
Health awareness outreach programmes will be run. This is crucial because if a child has good health he/ she will be better positioned to make the most of their education. The same applies for their parents, if the main carer of the family becomes sick they will not be able to provide for their children.
Funding will also provide two goats for rearing, which should help to cover each child’s school fees in future years.
Operation SINGh will directly fund the education of 150 children, who will, depending on their circumstances, receive support for two to four years. Indirectly this project will benefit over to 2,000 people. In the long term the goal is to help disadvantaged children and young people acquire the skills to be able to fend for themselves, ending cycles of poverty that all too often affect generation after generation. Without an education the children simply won’t have the skills to compete for jobs, set up businesses or pursue their goals. AfriKids also aims to build the entire family’s capacity. The idea is that by the end of the project they will have enough resources, and there will be a commitment in the family home to support the child to complete his/her education.