Nich Kumah, Sister Jane and Mama Laadi were amongst the local heroes AfriKids supported in the beginning and they continue to be a big part of our work today
Following the success of these small-scale initiatives, our work picked up the pace. We increased the number of projects and started to involve more people from local communities, as well as more levels of society, including government departments, traditional chiefs and parents. Our broad child rights mission began to focus on giving children the education, protection, healthcare and voice they needed to break the cycle of poverty.
Our growing local team were constantly learning from the successes and challenges that confronted them. By tackling the most urgent issues, such as getting children off the streets and back into school, we have now been able to take on the more complex ones – improving the quality of the teaching in schools and ensuring children don’t find themselves back living and working on the streets. We are moving up the ladder of change, one step at a time, and building a stronger team behind us along the way.
Taking it to the next level
Following major achievements, such as ending the Spirit Child Phenomenon in several communities and getting more children into school, we are now able to take on the next levels of change.
Because we have eradicated the harmful, traditional belief of the Spirit Child Phenomenon in Sirigu village and six surrounding communities, we are scaling up this work within 33 further communities who have asked specifically for this support.
In the areas where we have successfully ended the harmful practice that puts children with disabilities in danger, we are demanding better support from the education and health systems for the children we have protected. In these communities, children living with disabilities were previously abandoned or neglected, but after years of changing attitudes we have seen incredible shifts. The next stage is to support the families of these children to ensure they are provided for and have equal opportunities to go to school and live a happy, healthy and safe childhood.