In 2022, we celebrated 20 years since AfriKids was founded.
20 years ago, in dusty remote villages of northern Ghana, 1 in every 6 children were dying before their 5th birthday. When a British backpacker asked what she could do to help, the reply was simple: listen to local people and empower them to deliver their own ideas for change.
With this simple goal, a new charity was born; to support local heroes already working hard to support vulnerable children in their communities, to hopefully do a little more.
We celebrated AfriKids’ 20th birthday in 2022, and so much more. With a little support, those local heroes proved they had solutions to some of the toughest challenges children can face. They rescued children from child mining, sexual exploitation, living on the streets and saved the lives of so-called “spirit children”. They built schools, children’s homes and health clinics. They helped women lift themselves out of poverty. Year on year, their work has evolved and grown to overcome adversity and fight for more children to survive and thrive.
Today, all of AfriKids’ programmes continue to be designed and delivered entirely by local people, for local people. We are now the leading organisation for children in northern Ghana, delivering award-winning education, health and child protection programmes that drive systemic change, in partnership with governments and world-leading agencies. Because of our work and the continued support of wonderful people all over the world, more than a million people’s lives are improved. Their lives are our story so far.
Today 1 in 16 children die before their 5th birthday. Change is happening, but we still have much to do. With two decades of experience, we are now achieving change faster than ever before. It took us 10 years to end harmful practices against “spirit children” in the first 7 communities we worked with. In 2021, we celebrated this being achieved with 40 communities in 3 years. With your support, we can do so much more over the next 20 years and help Ghana become a beacon for child rights within our lifetime.
We marked this milestone in lots of special ways throughout the year, including with events, stories and limited edition merchandise. Sign up to our mailing list to stay informed of future events!
In 2022 we celebrated everything we have achieved together so far, and how much more we have to look forward to. Thank you for being part of the journey.