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HELPING THE HELPLESS

"Reaching out to the prisons, to the handicapped, the blind,
the deaf and dumb, widows of pastors, the poor and the sick on a constant basis."

 

Street Beggar Outreach

Beggars are a very common sight in Accra and in most Ghanaian cities. They can be seen almost everywhere. They are usually found on the streets at traffic lights, at bus stops, markets,religious places of worship and areas of commercial activity.

Of note, many beggars are physically handicapped and are unable to find proper jobs to make a living. They definitely need help from us. Even though that is not always the case, most beggars are poor and do not have any other source of livelihood.People who beg are part of a broader street homelessness problem and are among the most vulnerable people in our society.

In a recent survey of 144 beggars in Accra, 43 % spent their nights sleeping outside, in front of shops and in market places etc. Another 25.6 % lived in kiosks. A little over a third of these beggars are blind and a majority of the remaining were crippled, some with severely restricted mobility.

In 2012, the charity initiated an outreach drive, to alleviate the suffering of street beggars by giving them some financial support on a monthly basis. The charity has also provides brand new wheel chairs to those who cannot afford them, enhancing their mobility and independence.

  • Wheel Chair Donations

In the months of July, August and September we had wheel chair donations during our beggar services. We gave away 8, 6 and 10 brand new wheel chairs respectively. The reciepients are mostly from the accindent units of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

  • Christmas Party

On the 21st of dec 2014 we had our first ever Christmas party for our beggars right after the service. We had Bishop Prince Charles Addae with us who graced the occasion with a powerful preaching and prayer. We had about 180 people in attendance. Each person had a pack of food, drinks and T-shirt and also a take home souvenir

  • Neigbourhood Visitaton Outreach

On the 28th of December 2014 we took to the streets of Accra, from circle to CMB to Okaishie to Nima to Abbosey Okai Zongo (all suburbs in Accra) to visit our beggars. We announced to them the happy church services which commenced on the first Sunday of 2015. They are bussed and brought in to church and taken back home when the service is over. They are excited about it and the response has been growing since our first service.

  • March 2015 Love Outreach

This year’s Love Outreach (beggars outreach) started on the 1st of March, where 98 of our regular street beggars were gathered together at the Qodesh to listen to the word of God and given some money for their upkeep.

PICTURES: 2015 BEGGAR OUTREACHES

PICTURES: 2014 BEGGAR OUTREACHES

PICTURES: 2013 BEGGAR OUTREACHES

PICTURES: 2012 BEGGAR OUTREACHES

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