Street Academy holds Xmas party for street kids

 Street Academy, a Non-Governmental Organi­sation (NGO), has organised an end-of-year party for needy and less privileged children in Accra.

Executive Director of the Acad­emy, Mr Ataa Lartey, said the event was organised annually to thank God for the gift of life throughout the year and put smiles on the faces of children on the streets of Accra.

He said the event also formed part of the Academy’s social responsibilities towards the less privileged and disadvantaged with respect to education, and unearth­ing talents among them.

Speaking to the GNA in Accra on Christmas day, Mr Lartey said in the year 2023, the Academy intends to secure an Astroturf which would serve as a playing ground for the children.

“I’m always happy if I see that the children are happy, that is why I want to build a playing ground for these children,” he said.

Mr Lartey said the Academy needed a clinic in a school which would take care of the health needs of the less privileged kids.

The Executive Director of the Academy, therefore, called on corporate institutions, philanthrop­ic organisations and individuals to come to the aid of the Academy to accomplish its objectives and meet the needs of the children which would go a long way to help shape their lives for a brighter future.

A patron of Street Academy, Mr Benjamin Quaye, said showing love and care to the children would make them feel part of the society.

He noted that the Street Acade­my would continue to provide the basic necessities, such as shelter, food and clothing to the children.

Mr Quaye advised parents to take good care of their children so they become better people in the future by investing in their education.

“At this stage, I would advise all parents not to leave their children in the house or allow them to roam on the streets of Accra without education.

If you cannot afford, you just push them to Street Academy and with the help of God everything will be fine,” he added.

He called on other organisa­tions to come to the aid of these children in order to build a better society for them.

One of the students who par­took in its vocational training was awarded a hand-sewing machine to start his career.

Street Academy was set up in 1992 with sponsorship from Ibis, a Danish development organisation working to create equal access to education for the poor and margin­alised.

The organisation sponsors the education of needy children through to the tertiary level, and offer vocational training to girls. -GNA

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