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Osei and Florence’s Experience

Growing up in Ghana we have practically witnessed, and in some cases even been affected by the effects of the statistics mentioned in the report published by the Department for International Development (DFID) :

  • We have seen newly-born babies abandoned by their mothers who cannot afford to feed another mouth in the family.
  • We have seen growing children left to fend for themselves, and sometimes even take care of their younger siblings because parents have to leave them to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
  • We have witnessed cases of many children whose parents cannot afford a formal education for them, and so left to roam about in streets selling common items such as a packet of razor blades, a few pieces of ball-point pens, handkerchiefs, etc. and, in the case of girls, some selling their bodies in prostitution.
  • We have known cases of people with the slightest form of disability given very little or no support at all. Rather, most cases of people with disability are kept behind closed doors, since they are seen as a curse and disgrace to the family.