Street children and homeless children are a global phenomenon, found in cities, towns, and villages regardless of a country’s economic status. The United Nations estimates that there could be up to 150 million street children worldwide. However, these children are often unknown to social care and government organizations, making it difficult to provide them with vital services such as education and healthcare.
Despite the complexities of their circumstances and their vulnerability to exploitation and violence, organizations like The Shrewd Foundation work tirelessly to meet the needs of street children. During the festive season, I had the privilege of joining my teammates at The Shrewd Foundation in collaboration with Spring-Up Global Network to donate and celebrate with orphans and street children at Great James Academy in Chorkor, Accra during our Christmas House Party.
Why Christmas House Party?
The goal was to provide these vulnerable children with a sense of hope and support, as they often face complex circumstances and are at risk of exploitation and violence.
Our activities included face painting, breaking of bread, candle wishes, health engagement on COVID-19, a dance competition, and a donation to the academy. Every moment spent at this outreach was truly fulfilling, as we got to put smiles on the faces of these children and make a positive impact in their lives.
Through these kinds of initiatives, we can show street children that they are not alone, and we can provide them with a glimmer of hope for a better future. While there is still much work to be done to address the issue of street children globally, it is heartening to see organizations like The Shrewd Foundation and Spring-Up Global Network making a difference in their lives.
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