EMERGENCY AID FOR THE PORTER-WOMEN IN KUMASI

In the city of Kumasi live young women and girls whose only activity is to carry loads on their heads for traders and other customers.

Infant-porters at work.

Many of these young, little girls called “Kayayei“ are between 8 and 18 years old. They have moved from the north of Ghana to the south, to work and to escape poverty.

But, they often leave one hell just to arrive in another.

Their childhood is not a happy childhood, at all.

Most of them are living under inhumane living conditions, victims of sexual violence, verbal and physical abuse and exploitation by their employers and customers.

Many of them live in shabby huts without toilets and sanitation.

Of the estimated 35,000 Kayayei that are living in Kumasi, the most vulnerable are children (more than 3,000), adolescents and pregnant girls who sleep in front of shops, in run-down huts or on the streets.

Our project includes measures to reduce the precarious, dangerous and inhuman situation of the most vulnerable Kayayei.

For example:

  • access to basic health care, especially for babies and young children
  • prevention of unwanted pregnancies as a result of prostitution and rape;
  • creation of alternative services such as vocational training, counseling, affordable housing, family tracing and supported family reunification.

If you and your company would like to donate a larger amount to support this project, please contact our project manager Bettina Landgrafe directly: mail@madamfo-ghana.de

Please, help us with your donation to put an end to this abuse.