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Ekua’s story: moving on from life on the streets


After Ekua’s mother was killed in a traffic accident, she began to skip school and work at the local bus station to help make ends meet. Ekua was 12 years old.

Poverty forces thousands of children like Ekua to leave school, sacrificing their potential. But Ekua’s story was different. An AfriKids trained volunteer at the bus station told Ekua about the AfriKids-run night school for street children and he helped her enrol.

Project Manager, Ray, told us:

"Ekua is one of the foremost girls who has benefitted from the night school project, determined to turn her future and her fortunes around. She personifies courage for a girl of her age. Today, Ekua is performing well at her secondary boarding school. She is benefitting from the new free secondary education system implemented by the Ghanaian government."

"She wants to inspire the next generation of street kids to keep to the promise of transforming themselves and their communities."

When he caught up with Ekua she told him:

"I want to show leadership to the girls in my family and those outside faced with struggle for the basic things in life; that they too can make it. With hard work and painstaking focus on their books, they will become successful adult women in the future.

That’s the story I want to tell, that’s the story I’m living."


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