100% for the Children and Catholic Action for Street Children (CAS) have for a number of years had a partnership to strengthen and make visible the rights among Accra's many street children. CAS is a key player in relation to the street children in Accra, primarily in the form of direct services aimed at the street children. In collaboration with 100% for the children, CAS has made a great effort to change the public's attitude towards the situation of street children. This work has been funded by CISU – Civilsamfund i Udvikling.
The main goal of the project is for the people in charge (the Ghanaian state) to build up motivation, capacity, and network, in relation to making them take more responsibility for the issues of street children in Accra, supplemented by the efforts of NGO.
The project has also given the street children a voice through media and campaign activities, they have been given the opportunity themselves to share their strong stories about their conditions and life on the streets. Several of the children have had a hard and dangerous job at the Agbogbloshie landfill in Accra, where the boys in the picture are also located. Abass proudly presents his certificate, which he has received for his efforts in our peer-to-peer program, where older street children are educated in working with civil rights on a street level.
Thus, the older street children become a strengthened “mouthpiece” in the cause of getting their issues recognized by the state – but also act as important support for the younger street children.