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Stories from street children served by Street Girls Aid Ghana…will inspire, inform, and teach. Share globally; impact generations.
Stories from street children served by Street Girls Aid Ghana…will inspire, inform, and teach. Share globally; impact generations.
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These Moms have helped others - learn how in Stories From The Streets
These Moms have helped others - learn how in Stories From The Streets
“Stories from the Streets” is a compilation of stories about the street children of Ghana served by Street Girls Aid Ghana. The inspirational success stories showcase what it is like to live in the heart of West Africa and how the individual’s resilience to survive helped transform them into contributing members of society.
 
In order to publish, distribute the book, and host a book launch in Ghana, we have turned to the Kickstarter community for help. Our campaign is to raise $3,450 by May 19th.

The untold stories of three incredible women, Betty, Ophelia, Comfort, will be finally heard. There will be other stories published as well recounting what it is like to go from a street child sleeping in open-air bathhouses and overcoming the commercial sex trade to become who they are today. The book describes the challenges faced and the inspiring tale of what these women did to become professionals within their community.Now many actively employ other children that were once in their predicament to provide a future for them.

These published stories will give an intimate look at what drives these children to the streets, while giving hope to those living in poverty to know there is hope, a way to get out of it.

Dozens of accounts have been collected over the past year. Now it is time to publish them and share it with the world! The book is set to launch June 30th, which coincides with Street Girls Aid Ghana’s grand finale of their 20th anniversary legacy celebration, which means it must be in publication by June 1st. “Stories from the Streets” will be made available on Amazon.
Street Girls Aid 20th Anniversary Fabric
Street Girls Aid 20th Anniversary Fabric

To make a contribution click on the "Back This Project" button and select your reward in appreciation for participating in this project. Together, these inspirational stories can finally be heard and give hope to those who need it! 

This project is a re-launch of an earlier more complex project which included several components. To accomplish a successful Kickstarter and reduce the amount requested, several components have been peeled away from this request. Other funding was identified to support the components eliminated from the previous project Kickstarter.

If more funds are raised than the goal, they will be used to expand the distribution of the published books.

MEET OPHELIA

When Ophelia was interviewed for the book “Stories From The Streets” she shared about her life as a commercial sex worker. At sixteen with an infant to feed there were few options available for her after being kicked out of her home. Her family blamed her for her pregnancy although she was impregnated by her teacher, dejected, she and her baby and some other girls slept in the open air bath houses, she’d given up any hope of a future for her child; she’d almost given up on herself.

After regular interactions with Street Girls Aid social workers in the railway, she turned to them for help. It wasn’t easy. Following rules and adjusting to a routine which included educational and vocational programs required a lot of adjustment. Her health complications from the sex trade created additional difficulties.

Through the counseling she received, she opened up and made the decision to take action on her life, for the future of baby and for her future. Several years later Ophelia works in a hairdressing salon earns a regular income and is able to take care of her child. She is getting ready to open her own salon from the money she has saved and she has successfully influenced two of her friends who were also commercial sex workers to learn skills and a trade. They are both working in their new vocations.

When asked what has changed for her as a result of Street Girls Aid and their programs, Ophelia has this to say, “I have acquired a skill which puts me in the best position to take care of my child. I feel more respected and I am privileged and happy. I have big dreams.”

Ophelia’s dreams and other important lessons from Ophelia are included in the book “Stories From The Streets” Help support the publishing of this book so that Ophelia and others can share their inspirational experiences.

Risks and challenges

The timeline for getting the book to publication is short, but remains do-able. Because this Kickstarter is funding distribution and book launch, we will be prepared to place an expedited order of the books required for the launch if necessary - but that is simply a contingency.

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    Digital excerpt from the book: one pre-publication story delivered electronically.
    A copy of the book.
    Recognition in the book.
    A second book delivered to a storyteller in Ghana with your name in the dedication.
    Set of 8 hand-sewn napkins in the Street Girls Aid 20th Anniversary Commemorative fabric.
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    Digital excerpt from the book: one pre-publication story delivered electronically.
    A copy of the book.
    Recognition in the book.
    A second book delivered to a storyteller in Ghana with your name in the dedication.
    Set of 8 hand-sewn napkins in the Street Girls Aid 20th Anniversary Commemorative fabric.
    Behind the scenes pass including video from the book launch, including shots of the storytellers.
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