Future of Africa has been providing meals, healthcare, and support to hundreds of children living on the streets of Accra, Ghana since 2015. In 2019, we opened Norviwo Community Centre to provide long-term shelter, food, and a transition to school for the kids we serve. We now hope to accommodate more students at Norviwo by building onto our makeshift facility and purchasing sturdy equipment and educational tools. We seek to end streetism in Ghana by developing leaders with empathy and agency.
In Accra, Ghana, tens of thousands of children live on the streets. Though there is a social welfare service in Ghana, the service does not have the capacity to respond to the immense need of homeless children.
FOA staff, volunteers, and Fellows visit the streets each week to provide food, minor medical care, and companionship to kids living in the streets. Children who are interested can opt to become FOA scholars and attend our Norviwo Community Center, where they take classes in life skills and development, work with an FOA Fellow mentor, and can graduate to attend one of FOA's local partner schools. Norviwo provides hope and a way out of streetism for some of Ghana's most vulnerable residents.
Norviwo's street outreach program reaches more than 60 kids per month to provide food, basic medical care, and crisis response, while Norviwo Community Center provides transition off the streets and into school for at least 32 children each year. Our Norviwo Center, along with FOA's Fellows program for university students equips future Ghanaian leaders with skills to address the needs of the most vulnerable members of their community.