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ABOUT STREET CHILDREN - GENERAL INFORMATION


CAS has chosen to work with street children. These children, aged between 0 - 18, are children who mainly live and work on the streets during the day and sleep on the streets at night. Sleeping on the street means sleeping out in the open air, on a thin mat or a thin piece of cardboard. Children often sleep together in groups to protect each other.

The main reasons a child will come to the street is usually related to family breakdown or other related social problems. CAS conducted a study on these issues and published the findings in the "Exodus" report 1999. Some children left their home because of abuse or domestic disharmony. In general, they didn't feel wanted and support in the home. Sometimes their parent(s) sent them to Accra to help with the family income. Other reasons are: urbanization, parental neglect, peer pressure, lack of basic infrastructure in the rural areas and the belief that things in the city must be better and offer more opportunities to their home towns.

Many children were attracted to Accra as they heard promising stories from friends and peers. In reality, street life is much harder than most children expect. All the street children struggle to take care of themselves. Most of them do not beg. They try to make a living by doing all kinds of jobs. The boys often earn money by shining shoes, pushing trucks and gathering refuse and carrying it to the dumpsite. Some street children are 'hawkers' which means they try to sell their wares (often small items like chewing gum) by moving around, especially by chasing vehicles. The girls often sell water, oranges and bread. Some children sell plastic bags at the market. You can also find a vast number of girls who carry loads of goods in bowels on their heads. These girls are called the "kaya yee".

Most children that CAS field workers meet are normal children, who like to play, fight and just enjoy their childhood. Unfortunately, unavoidable circumstances brought them to the street, but they do still play together even when they are on the streets.

Some of the girls earn the money they need to survive through prostitution. Men from the city will pay for the services as well as the street boys. The street girl is among the most vulnerable on the streets, and street boys will offer them some form of protection in return for sex. Not to mention the personal effect this has on a girl, it also means that they are at a high risk of getting pregnant. The boy will then deny all knowledge and the girl is left to bring up the very young street child on their own. Street girls are also at a heightened risk of becoming infected with STD's and STI's.

Even though drug use is not permitted at the Refuge, CAS' workers are very aware that many of the street children are on drugs; the children mainly use Marijuana - harder drugs such as glue sniffing or petrol sniffing is rare among the children in Ghana. One of the reasons the children give for using drugs is to give them the strength to get through the hard work they do. It can also ease the physical pain caused by heavy laboring jobs. CAS workers counsel the children who have been involved in drugs and prostitution, and work with them to find them a different path in life.

Some children are involved in pick pocketing. These activities bring them into contact with the police. A number of the police believe that street children are nothing more than thieves, addicts and prostitutes, or at the very least trouble makers. They sometimes wrongly accuse street children of committing crimes. There are many people throughout Accra who agree with this view of street children. CAS therefore works to prevent this kind of stigmatization. Most of the street children are normal and nice children, with their own strengths and qualities. They just try hard to survive and make the best they can out of their situation.


WELCOME-AKWAABA


Catholic Action for Street children(CAS) is a Ghanaian charity which advises and educate children from the street in Accra-Ghana.


Three different kind of children can be found on the streets:

1. Children who have migrated from the rural areas of the country to the city.

2. Children who are born on the streets. (second and third generation children).

3. Urban poor children. Children of poor families who are in the streets.


CAS have five departments and most children follow the step-by-step approach designed by CAS.


Step 1. Street work: Follow-up work as well as street corner education programs.

Step 2. House of Refuge- Education.

Step 3. Demonstration of skills and trades.

Step 4. Hopeland Centre at Adjei Kojo.

Step 5. Either short (one and half years) sponsorship or  Long Sponsorship (three years).




We celebrated the 70th Birthday of our director bro. Jos and the 2018 chrismas celebration on the 14th of December


We played many games and a quiz

Dear Reader,

In November 2017, the minister of Gender and Social Protection, Mrs. Otiko Afisah Djaba, Launched the project;” Get off the street for a better life”.

Some selected NGO’s are members of the Technical Committee which is responsible for the successful implementations of the project. The aim is to offer all persons including children, who presently are in the streets a better future. Members of street children NGO’s are working together with officers of the Department of Social Welfare for the same course. Before we explain more about this coalition, we have to brief you on some historical facts.

In the early nineties, CAS formed a coalition with its sister NGO’s Street Girls Aid and the Salvation Army. We met often under the umbrella UNICEF who supported the NGO’s in their activities. Monthly, we held meetings with AMA officials (Accra Metropolitan Assembly) and the Mayor of Accra. The reasons were to obtain permission and seek support to carry out our planned activities. Read our newsletter 77 (On page for students).


The Knights and Ladies of Marshall Council 17 and Court 63 of Dansoman

  Donated many items to CAS which will be used for the sponsorship of children.


See photographs on page more.  14th of April 2018

On the 18th of April 2018, CAS invited Chiefs and Directors of the Department of Social Welfare to discuss their involvement in the CAS on the Move project which is financed by 100% for children and CISU Denmark  see photographs on Page More.

AKWAABA CAS! WELCOME TO CAS!!


Catholic Action for Street children (CAS) is a local Non Governmental Organization (N.G.O.) established in 1992 to provide support to children living on the street of Accra, Ashaiman and Tema Metropolis.


The mandate was to find out who street children are, where they come from and what could be done to help them. The short term goal is to help street children by returning their dignity to develop into respectful citizens of the society. The long term goal is to educate the children in such a way that they can find suitable employment to build up their future lives.


CAS consists of five (5) departments: The House of Refuge, Demonstration, Short and long Sponsorship, Hopeland. CAS also carries out fieldwork in the various social welfare districts of Greater Accra. Street children are made to go through all the programs and activities organized by each department as part of their preparation to leave the street. However, CAS has conducted a lot of research into the background of street children and majority shows that the problem of street children is a very complex one and cannot be solved overnight. CAS' main goal is to make children functional literates.

After many years of working, CAS has decided to continue to improve programs and activities that target the need and interest of street children in Ghana. In particular the fieldwork program which includes street corner education. By so doing many street children can be reached.

 



STATISTICS

The increasing number of street children over the many years since CAS has been working in Accra makes it difficult to ignore the growing phenomenon. In 1990, research by the University of Ghana suggests there were about 4,000 street children in Accra. Six years later CAS conducted a head count and the number was closer to 10,400 children. An alarming increase of more than 6,000 children. In 2003 CAS conducted another headcount and believed the number to be 15,300.

And the numbers continue to rise. The latest head count, conducted in 2006 in the selected areas of Tema and Ashaiman, proved the number of street children to be a horrifying 21,140. In addition to this, there were 7500 street mothers who were below the age of 20 and another 14,500 urban poor children. The latest census conducted in Accra in 2009, shown that the number has increased to over 35,000. Presently we estimate the number to be 90,000.

These statistics show the alarming rise in the number of children who live, work and spend at least some of their time on the streets of Accra. These are the children that CAS strives to help.


BOARD OF ADVISORS of CAS-2017


H MR. GEORGE AFUM ANSAH  Deputy Director CAS

afumansah2000@yahoo.com


 MS. VIDA AMOAKO Director S.AID

streetgirlsaid@ yahoo.com


 FR. JOSEPH ARTHUR Financial Administrator Achdiocese of Accra  jokoart@yahoo.com


MS. ROSEMARY BAAH Matron CAS

ampim2005@yahoo.co.uk


BRO. JOS VAN DINTHER Director CAS

jos@vdinther.nl


SR. CYNTHIA MWAAKPAAR Superior Centre of Hope  centreofhope25@gmail.com


MRS. EUNICE ADAMS Re-tired Officer



MR. PRINCE LAMPTEY Assistant Director Department of Social Welfare  lampprince@yahoo.com


Mr. SETH APPEAGYEI  Department of Social Welfare


CAS VISION


• CAS MISSION:


1.To assist children, below the age of 18 years, who are in the streets and choose to be educated.

2.To create general awareness through tertiary students on the plight of out of school youth..


• CAS OBJECTIVES:


•To counsel the children so as to enable them decide what they want to do with their lives.

•To show love and concern to the children and create a safe haven in a house(s)of Refuge and assist those children who wish to be re-united with their families.

•To co-operate with all interested organizations and groups to create the awareness about out- of school youth.

•To assist in health care and health education for the children.

•To promote educational (formal and non-formal) opportunities and job opportunities for the children to improve their skills and to help find jobs for them.


• CAS GOAL:


To protect and improve the rights and lives of out of school children. The short-term goal is to help the children by returning their dignity to develop into respectful citizens of the society.

The long-term goal is to educate the children in such a manner that they can find suitable jobs or occupations to build up their future lives.




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         Accra-Ghana

 casghana@gmail.com

  Tel: +233-277-552739

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CATHOLIC ACTION FOR STREET CHILDREN IS A GHANAIAN NGO WHO TRIES TO GIVE ADVISE TO CHILDREN WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS OF ACCRA-GHANA