How Do You Create Opportunities for Young Adults Living in Poverty?
“We will create jobs and wealth for our people”
Many imagine African poverty as a rural problem. But Ghana, like other African nations, is experiencing rapid urbanization. Inner city problems in Accra are similar to those here in the United States. The Anglican Church in Accra is doing something about this.
Young adults in a slum outside of Accra, Ghana face a lot of challenges including high unemployment. As outreach to their community, the church provides job training, Bible-based mentoring, counseling, and leadership development.
In the poorest suburbs around greater Accra, youth also deal with political violence, armed robbery, rampant drug and alcohol use. Without meaningful employment, young people turn to gangs, petty theft and illegal drugs. Many girls drop out of school and some are swept up into prostitution. Hospitals report the rate of HIV/AIDS infections is rising among young people.
The government of Ghana cannot meet all of the needs for job creation and other social services. Who else but the church can offer practical help, lasting hope, and grace? Fortunately, social outreach is at the heart of the Diocese of Accra and they are experienced at offering educational opportunities to youth.
For this project, the Diocese of Accra will build a Youth Development Center, where vocational and spiritual training will provide young people aged 17-25 with opportunities and hope. To develop job skills, training will include technical and computer skills as well as adult education. The center will also offer recreational facilities, a community library, and a youth savings and credit cooperative.
“[This] Youth Center will be the first institution that provides holistic ministry to people of Otinbi area in the Legekuku-Krowor community by offering compassion, hope, and a helping hand. Vocational skills training that combines with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in my opinion, is greatly needed in this community. I have high hopes that this project will have a tremendous impact on the community. The youth will become the foundation for positive change throughout the whole community for generations to come.”
– Alexis Danikuu, founder, Center for Development Initiative, Accra
Construction will take nearly a year, but once completed, the center will serve over 300 young people in the community. Even better, you can visit this project, see the progress, and encourage the implementors in October 2018!