For poor families here, this is one of the only ways to earn any money and it’s hard work. Children typically earn £7.50 a month and would have to work for nearly 6 months just to cover the school uniform and books they need for a year. It doesn’t add up. Poverty is forcing thousands of children like Ekua to leave school, sacrificing their potential.
But Ekua’s story will be different. AfriKids has trained volunteers at the bus station to look out for children in danger and help turn their lives around. Kofi, who sells tyres at the station, is one of them. He tells Ekua about AfriKids’ night school for street children and helps her enrol.
Ekua began catch up classes three nights a week. She learnt basic literacy and numeracy, she made friends with other children who had been through similar experiences and she was given access to free healthcare and emotional support.