It’s the year 2019 and there are 90,000 children on the streets of Accra. Boys and girls – from ages 8 upwards, separated from family and society. Turned into outcasts and unwelcome. Desperate and hungry, resorting to drugs, prostitution, petty thievery to survive – it’s a tough world out there for them.
For the burgeoning middle class, we drive our big cars and they approach us trying to make a cedi or two by cleaning out windscreens. Sometimes, we brush them away curtly or yell. We forget that they are souls, beings with the potential to contribute to the human resource of this nation. We forget that it’s just by God’s grace that our children get to sleep in comfortable beds, air conditioned rooms, instead of flattened cardboard boxes under the bridges in Osu. It’s by Gods mercies that they do not have to stand under bus stops in the dead of the night, beaten by rain, huddled, shivering, cold.
I made a decision years ago to think community and worshipping at the Christ the King Parish opened my eyes to the importance of being involved in the lives of the less fortunate. The Soup Kitchen was the brain child of Father Andrew Campbell. It is without a doubt, a great form of intervention for children who find themselves on the street. It has a lot of potential to grow and be more effective not in just providing meals but actively getting the children off the streets, integrated into community, schools and skills training.