SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Ghana).

Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Region and is among the largest metropolitan areas in Ghana, with more than 3 million inhabitants. Since rural poverty remains widespread in Ghana, Kumasi, as a big economic centre, attracts a lot of people who hope to find employment. However, rapid urbanisation has brought many problems to the region. A lot of people are unable to find work and live in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Children can be seen working in the streets as “kayayes”, or porters, for very little money instead of going to school. Furthermore, these children are often at risk of sexual exploitation.

Since 2008, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Kumasi.

1 in 10
People face extreme poverty in Ghana

Inequality and poverty

The Ashanti Region of Ghana is relatively privileged in economic terms. However, inequality persists in the urban area of Kumasi, as many people who migrate to the city in hope for work face hardships. Many households live in poverty and have limited access to foods that are rich in nutrients or safe drinking water. Often, they cannot access adequate health services. Furthermore, they often lack appropriate sanitation and hygiene facilitates, such as proper toilets. The growth and development of future generations of children is affected if, in addition to the above challenges, they cannot go to school.

1 in 5
Ghanian children need social support

Children at risk

Children living in poverty in the city of Kumasi are particularly vulnerable to illegal labour activities as well as commercial sexual exploitation. However, social services to address different child rights and gender-based violations remain unresponsive, fragmented and uncoordinated. At the same time, there are not enough local social workers to support children, especially because nearly one in five Ghanaian children need support.

Your support makes a difference for children in Kumasi

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Adults and children
Are supported in the community
Learn at our kindergartens and schools
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
Young people
Are supported on their way to independence
Siblings having fun together. They grow up with each other, and often form bonds that last a lifetime (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Ghana).

How your support helps in Kumasi

Strengthening vulnerable families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Providing quality education
SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children and young people have access to high-quality education. We help them learn and develop in a safe and supportive environment. We train teachers on children’s rights and child-centered learning, so that each child can get the most out of their education. Young children spend time playing and learning at kindergarten. This prepares them for primary school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.
Supporting young people to become independent
To help young people become confident and independent, our local team works closely with each young person to develop a plan for their future. We support young people and also help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects. For example, young people can attend workshops and trainings run by SOS Children’s Villages. They also improve their skills through taking part in different projects with local mentors and businesses.