The Street Academy

During my first visit in Ghana in September 2019, I had a chance to meet local kids and teach them photography at The Street Academy, which runs a non-formal school for around 50 children in need and living on the streets of Accra.

In November 2019, I am going back to Ghana for 4 weeks to continue my research and to document important issues by photographing the daily life.
At the same time, voluntarily, I will be running photography workshop for children from The Street Academy once a week.
I would like to ask you for a donation, however small, to buy food for school meals for the children at the Academy. For many children this might be the only meal they get that day.


The Street Academy realized that a large number of children between the ages of 6 and 15 years, live on the streets of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, and have to work as porters or sweepers in the market for their daily bread. Such painful deprivation and abuse of the children's rights necessitated The Street Academy to concentrate its efforts on caring for these deprived children. 

In most communities, peer pressure, poverty and illiteracy among other factors, encourage teenage girls to give birth at early stages.  Some have several children from different men before they attain the age of twenty years. Many children do not know their fathers and others might have mothers who are sick or dead. There are about 50,000 of such children to be found in Accra alone.


The children attending the Academy do not pay school fees and are encouraged to develop an interest in learning.
 

The Street Academy is a non-profit organization, we depend on donations from companies, individual philanthropists and numerous other sources of funding. Therefore, The Board of Trustees has designed a number of programmes to address the issue.
First, the needs of the children have been identified, and those placed as the priorities include:

  • Feeding - At least one meal a day. This eases the burden to work on the streets.

  • Clothing - Solicit clothing, from the public for them.

  • Clinic - Set up a clinic to look at dental, ear, nose, throat and general diseases which plague children. Their mothers will also be encouraged to attend and we hope to use the opportunity to counsel them.

  • Premises - The present premises, which is the property of the National Cultural Commission, needs urgent refurbishment. For a longer term project, The Street Academy has acquired land and is planning to build its own premises. This project could start as soon as funds are available.

    You can find more info about The Street Academy at the website: https://thestreetacademy.webs.com

Gallery from our photo workshop by Mariusz Smiejek and children from The Street Academy

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