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Nakwa Arms Foundation

Children end up on the streets for a number of reasons, many of which are rooted in family instability and poverty. In the region where I am from, children most often leave home because they are fleeing instability or have been rejected and abandoned by their families for various reasons (disabilities, disease or disobedience). Many of the children I wish to work with have left their homes to flee domestic violence, abusive relatives or neglectful families. Others have done so because their families live in severe economic distress and are unable to care for them. It is not uncommon that parents in extreme poverty will encourage older children to leave home to find ‘work,’ which may include begging, selling scrap materials for recycling or prostitution. Many who flee extreme poverty to join street life often do so under the impression that it will provide them with more opportunity and economic advantages than their home lives could offer.

Life on the streets proves to be false for children who find themselves without anywhere else to call home and children become extraordinarily strong in order to survive. Many are ‘adopted’ by gangs, who form and function to satisfy a much needed sense of ‘belonging’ for children without families or other support systems, and are accordingly trapped in cycles of criminal activity and violence. At one point or another, most turn to substance or drug abuse in order to endure the harshness of the streets, whether that be threat of violence or harmful weather conditions (extreme cold, rain storms, etc.).

Overlooked by society, they are at best disregarded and at worst dehumanized. Because they lack identification documents, street children are often targeted in ways that perpetuate gross abuses of human rights. Most street children are subjected to, or at a minimum have witnessed, unreported police brutality (shootings, chain whippings, sexual violence and so forth). Others have been forcibly removed from the streets by police officers in ‘round-ups’ and taken to ‘youth detention centers’ that fail to meet international human rights standards. In order to feed themselves, many children will work in unsafe and exploitative environments that expose them to the dangers of child labour, sex slavery and human trafficking.

All street children lack access to basic necessities and rights. Perhaps more importantly, they lack a healthy environment in which their worth and dignity can be affirmed. Without external support, many will grow up to become homeless adults who have primarily been exposed to lifestyles of poverty, violence and addiction without the opportunity to discover their individual value or potential

Signed,

Kwaku Baah

How this will help

This  will be a voluntary organization. It will cater for
vulnerable and abandoned street children, abandoned babies, Aids orphans, HIV positive children, and others. The vision is to provide ...

This  will be a voluntary organization. It will cater for
vulnerable and abandoned street children, abandoned babies, Aids orphans, HIV positive children, and others. The vision is to provide sustainable and loving foster homes and  schools for the street children, catering for the total well-being of the children in terms of: BODY, SOUL and SPIRIT. I would like to establish this Organisation  within Our local community, however on-going financial support as well as community involvement is needed to make this dream work. This place will ensure a loving, safe and caring environment in which children can flourish and develop in a family environment. ALSO aims to facilitate adoption into families and to source foster parents.

Nakwa Arms will look after the needs of a range of children: street children, abandoned babies, Aids orphans, HIV positive children, and others. It aims at having operating overnight shelters while others offer residential care from birth to the age of 18.

Our projects offer services ranging from community based care through to residential care of vulnerable children between the ages of 0 and 12 years. There are many children who have psychological problems having been neglected, abused, abandoned or suffered from a life-threatening illness. Our programs will include home based care, early childhood development centres, toy libraries, food gardens, counselling, places of safety and end-stage palliative care for children with AIDS. Our focus is to develop each child holistically, focusing on their health, educational and psychosocial needs. In this way, we will be able to proactively impact the child, the family, the community and the nation for now and the future.

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