The plight of street children has become an increasingly common phenomenon across Africa, and the city of Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana is no exception.
In response to this stark reality, Mercy Foundation International was established in 1996. Its continued aim is to foster the social, spiritual, moral, and educational development of these vulnerable children, many of whom have never attended school before, regardless of their age. This support enables the children to make the transition into Ghana's state schools — a process which typically takes two years. Older children (15 and up) additionally receive vocational training. Some of these children have been orphaned or abandoned, while others come from large families who lack the resources to care for and educate them. Some of these families are headed by young, single mothers who are unemployed or sex workers.
Therefore, the agency also provides counselling and education for local parents to ensure their children's continued success. Mercy Foundation is an incorporated and registered NGO with Ghana's Department of Social Welfare, under the Ministry of Manpower, Youth, and Employment.
Mercy Foundation International is proud to be a member of CRIN — the Child Rights Information Network:
We invite you to browse our website, understand our aims and objectives, review of our achievements of the last decade, and consider supporting the seventy children we accept each year.