JOY foundation throws Christmas party for children

Tarkwa (W/R), The Just Others and You (JOY) Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has organised a Christmas party for hundreds of children in the Tarkwa Nsueam constituency.

The children had their faces painted for fun, danced to gospel music and also participated in singing, dancing, playing of drums and keyboard to uncover hidden talents.

Speaking at the ceremony, which was also used to inaugurate the Foundation, Ms Joy Joycelyn Andoh, President said the phenomenon of streetism continued to increase in their time where the world was advancing and said measures to end the unfortunate occupancies seemed to be missing as poverty levels in their societies rose.

Ms Andoh said United Nations reports revealed that over 150 million street children worldwide were chased from home by violence, drug and alcohol abuse, death of parents, family breakdown, war and natural disaster.

In the case of Ghana, she said they had lots of laws on child rights and other social protection programmers, all to safeguard their wellbeing.

The president said despite these, it was estimated that over one million children were found on their streets noting “It is regrettable to say that demographic records are not readily available for us to say with ease the number of children who have been left to the streets in Tarkwa”.

She said children living on the street are daily subjected to physical and psychological abuses such as rape, defilement, child trafficking and child labour.

She said this must be a worry and concern to all Ghanaians giving the danger it posed to the nation.

“Many believe that this social problem is caused by single parenting and broken homes, peer influence and child neglect but l share the belief that the most predominant cause is poverty and moral decay, decline in the act of giving, being compassionate as God taught them as Christians” She added

The president explained that the Foundation would provide decent clothing, shelter, food, formal and informal education for children who had been abandoned to help them achieve their dreams and become responsible and accountable adults in future.

Ms Andoh said the Foundation would also construct an orphanage home to be able to cater for more of these kids within the Western region.

She called on the government to strengthen the work of Social Welfare Department to be enable them address the disheartening situation effectively.

Ms Andoh urged parents to take the responsibility of their children’s upbringing seriously to help reduce children living on the streets.

Mr Gilbert Kennedy Asmah, Municipal Chief Executive, pledged to support the Foundation to fight streetism in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality.

Source: Ghana News Agency