Practical Action for Children in Street Situation Eminent- Safe-child Advocacy
In preparation to mark the 2021 International Street Children Day on April 12, Safe-Child Advocacy, a humanitarian organisation of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, has extended invitation to all Ghanaians to think of some practical action to give a child in street situation access to services such as health care, education, shelter, protection, food.
“We would like to invite the public to reflect on the following questions; what did these children really do wrong that they have to suffer so much? What does the future hold for them? How can we all contribute to provide some access for these children?” the SCA said in a message.
The message made available to newswatchgh.com ahead of the celebration on Monday April 12, noted, “Children in street situation are among the most vulnerable population in our world. Children are found living on the streets in almost every country the world over.
With the declaration of April 12 by the Consortium for Street Children as the International Street Children’s Day, the Catholic organisation said, it is a day “we stand beside millions of children in street situation all over the world to demand from national and International governments an end to child streetism.”
“This year, 2021, we demand Access to Essential Services for children in Street situation. We demand not only from governments, but also from well standing individuals and corporate bodies to facilitate access to such services as education, shelter, health care, food, safe environment, protection, for children in Street and other Vulnerable situations that are likely to force children on the street,” the message stated.
Adding, it said, “For us at Safe-Child Advocacy, April is advocacy month to tell the world about children in street situation. We will bring to you right where you are, all the information you need to know what to do on your position to contribute to ending child streetism.
“We will expose what is happening to a population of our world’s children. Not without the children themselves, we would give children in street situation an opportunity and platform to tell their stories to the world,” the SCA noted in its message ahead of the celebration on April 12.
The SCA is very optimistic to help the world to know what needs to be done to lift up our children from the street by providing access to essential services. We would demonstrate the power of collaboration, as we would be standing alongside many other noble civil society organisations to press our demands.
“Undoubtedly, countries within the African continent and Asia have high population of children living in street situation. Over 60, 000 children live on the streets of Accra the capital city of Ghana and over 20, 000 children live on the street of Kumasi, the second largest city of Ghana. Children in street situation in Kumasi are as young as 5years of age and as old as 17 years of age,” SCA noted in the message.
Adding, the message noted that sadly, some of these young persons spend their childhood, adolescence and early adulthood on the street. Children in street situation roam the streets in search of livelihood. Their daily lives are endless toils.
According to the message, “They have no safe space to stay, no good food and sometimes no food at all. They live rough on dirty, populated spaces and struggle for survival by engaging in menial tasks for sustenance. Some children struggle to support their families.”
Children and young persons in street situations lack access to the basic services and live in deprivation as though they belong to a different world or they are a curse on the land.