Junior Chamber International (JCI) Accra Royale President, Daniel Nii Ayaa Annan, has called on the government to firm up its control of the country’s borders and refugee camps so as to prevent refugees from escaping onto the streets.
He said the act of children begging for alms on the streets is as a result of the loss of control at the borders by the appropriate authorities, thereby exposing these children to sicknesses and other negative social ills.
He said this in an interview with ghananewsonline.com.gh when JCI Accra Royale shared love with street children around the Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout (Accra Mall) in Accra on St. Valentine’s Day.
“We call on government to show their concern by providing a place for them. They are refugees who are from refugee camps. How they got out from the camps to be on the streets is something that has to be checked,” he said.
“JCI Accra Royale has been in Ghana for over 10 years, engaged in various community projects in line with the SDG’s -providing Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Good Health and Well-being and other projects”.
The project dubbed “Wipe the Tear” – turning sorrows into joy of the street kids on Valentine’s Day is aimed at showing love to the children by providing them with a healthy breakfast, health screening on malaria, hepatitis B and hypertension, as well as a hand washing exercises.
About 200 street children were fed and screened medically. Those who were diagnosed of malaria were also given drugs to control it.
JCI’s collaborator for the project; Unity, Commitment and Love Consult (UCL) was happy at the success of the project.
President of UCL, Collins Adi Okumko said his outfit will collaborate more with JCI on projects like this to put smiles on the faces of street children.
Change Lives through Health (CLITH) – a non governmental organisation which also partnered the project was responsible for the medical screening and free drugs for the street kids. They interacted with the street kids and advised them on their health and environment, among others.
CLITH has only been been in existence for two years but has embarked on lots of health projects in the country. It aims to promote health and provide health services to groups and targeted communities.
Source: Priscilla Anum-Noi || ghananewsonline.com.gh