This year our Little Clothes BIG Change charity project will be supporting Chance for Childhood’s work at a very special nursery in Ghana.
In Accra, Ghana’s capital, there are an estimated 61,400 street children. Life on the streets is dirty, insecure, violent and short. Street children are the target of human trafficking, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological harm and child labour.
The nursery is based in a slum in the heart of the capital Accra. Situated near a busy marketplace, train station and bus hub, the area attracts people searching for menial jobs to eke out a living. There are no free nursery facilities for children under the age of three in this community so children are often left to roam the streets or stay with their parents while they work.
Kinbu Nursery has welcomed street toddlers and children for over 20 years. Children who are born to street girls and vulnerable young women, all living and working in neighbouring street communities.
Working at the nursery are 4 teachers, 2 childcare assistants and a cook, looking after 130 children aged 0 to 6 years.
It costs about £42,000 a year to run the nursery and apart from some very small contributions from parents, the nursery needs to raise all of the funds itself. Unfortunately there is no Government support at all.
Frugi customers’ support will give these children the chance to be in a safe, loving environment and get pre-school education.
Thanks to quality education and nutritious meals, these children have a better chance to access primary school (they need to take a compulsory exam to enter) and break the cycle of poverty later in life.
We were delighted to hear from one of the teachers who works at Kinbu, she told us what it’s really like to work with street children and how our donations will help them.
What do you do at Kinbu:
I am Early Learning teacher. I welcome children to the centre every morning and engage them in activities such as singing, storytelling , colouring and writing. All of these activities help them to build their language skills and prepare them for primary school. I also teach them number work (mathematics) and keep an eye on them during play time.
How old are the children you teach?
I teach children aged between 5 – 6 years. My class is made up of 3 boys and 8 girls.
How long have you worked at Kinbu?:
I have been working at Kinbu for the past 6 years, prior to this I worked in the other Early Childhood Development centres run by S.Aid for 4 years before I came here.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
My class is the final stage that prepares children in the centre for primary school and the most rewarding part of my job is when I see childrenfrom my class graduate to mainstream schools. Some of the children I have taught in the past visit me here sometimes and I feel very proud to see them still in school.
Tell us a story of a child that stuck in your mind:
Irene came to Kinbu when she was about three years old. Unlike the other children she did not cry when the grandmother left her the first day. She went straight to the slide pushing away those already there and taking over.
When she came to my class I observed that she was very shy and would not answer any questions, she was however very active during play and often fought her peers during play time, showing clear emotional trauma and violent behaviours.
I decided to engage her more during class activity by providing her with responsibilities in class and specialist support to handle these new tasks. Gradually, she started opening up and participating in class.Eventually she stopped fighting and started following instructions. She became one of the most confident and active children in my class and was a leader of a group that recited a rhyme at the recently held graduation ceremony at Kinbu.
The change in Irene is so noticeable that the grandmother came to the centre one morning to thank us because she said “this school has changed Irene, she is more cooperative these days “
The support received from Frugi helps street girls and their families to provide the most needed care for street connected children who would not have had the opportunity to receive this essential education.
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