Sunday, May 17, 2015

Savings Circle Successes

Miriam used a loan from a Street Girls AID savings and loan group to expand her business, buy a maize field and employ workers to produce the food she now sells in Accra Ghana Learn the impact that this has had on her life and the future of her children.Each story in Stories From The Streets is filled with inspiration and hope. Help these stories come to life by supporting this Kickstarter - only 2 more days remain to make a difference and pledge your support. Don't delay - and thank you.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Their Trust Is In Our Hands

The re-launch of the Kickstarter to fund the book distribution and launch is well underway and I need your help. I need you to ensure that these stories are shared globally. I can’t sleep knowing that we have the responsibility to be the voice for these incredible, strong and impacting children and staff.
I am in the midst of writing and need to get back to that very important work. It will help me to focus all of my energy on doing these stories justice if the Kickstarter gets funded sooner than later. If the Kickstarter gets overfunded, the impact will just be that much greater – in equal if not exponential proportion and I can’t tell you what an energy boost that will be from here. Click on this link to pledge:

I am immersed in the interviews, comments and quotes, heartfelt gratitude and heart-wrenching sadness turned upside down by one person who cared…Stories From The Streets is one of the hardest things I have faced and yet I am a speck on the face of the courage that these storytellers have demonstrated.

I am going to introduce you to several important people – Comfort and the social worker who learned a lot from Comfort. Here is a glimpse into my office today. These children have so much to teach us. We must do everything possible to lift these stories from the streets and let them walk into our lives. I am shutting off my social media, and any communication while I meet with these children and listen hard to what they have to tell me. Their stories, their trust and their inspiration are in our hands now. 

Thank you. And now let me introduce you to Comfort…


Comfort went to live with her grandmother after her parents divorced and her mother was unable to care for her five young children. She dropped out of school at third grade when her grandmother could no longer afford to pay the school fees. Determined to get an education, Comfort put herself back in school paying the school fee by selling fire wood. Unfortunately, she dropped out in junior high and became house help in the town of Kumasi.

On her mother’s advice, she eventually moved to Accra to seek greener pastures. She got pregnant in her effort to survive on the street and the man responsible absconded leaving her alone, unable to feed herself and her child and concerned about not providing financial support for her mother back home in Kumasi.

A friend introduced Comfort to Street Girls Aid and she applied for the vocational training program without hesitation. And although she was eager to learn a skill, she often missed classes in order to work on the streets to earn money to send to her mother. It took some time for Comfort to adjust to her new environment at the refuge and status as a trainee but she completed her training program and
Serving Street Children; Impacting Generations
now braids hair.

Her thoughts about the impact of the program, “Life was very difficult. Even to get two meals a day was a problem but I can now buy food and eat. I can now send my child to the hospital when he is sick, I am able to send some money to my mother and am saving some money.”

The impact of Comfort’s experience on Street Girls Aid staff, “just a little assistance can result in improved lives for some of the children on the streets.” And the key lesson learned, “These children have dreams and potential that can be harnessed for their good.” 

Please continue to help these children dream and succeed

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Humility Through Service

I love this photo taken the last time I was in Ghana. We were piloting a tying class, learning how to tie head scarfs, how to tie the fabric to carry babies on our backs and how to wrap the fabric that we put on top of our heads to carry water. This class was a lot of fun - but it was also serious business!

I want to tell you a little bit about what this photo represents to me. I love this photo - it signifies humility and makes me humble just to think about how many girls it took to  get that bucket of water on my head. And then they had to walk next to me to ensure that I did not spill that precious resource being carried on my head!

It was a great honor to attempt to walk in their sandals even for a moment and it was such a privilege to be invited in. And, the honor of being asked to write the amazing stories of the street children impacted by Street Girls AID​ is equally humbling. Each day as I complete one more story, put voice to their hopes and dreams - all I want to do is share these stories with others. I can't wait to get this book to publication!!

The re-launched Kickstarter is focused on getting the book to the girls who shared their stories. We have simplified the request and eliminated a few components to get the budget to the current goal of $3,450. Please help me honor the girls who shared their stories by supporting this Kickstarter and showing them how much their voices matter. Stories From The Streets

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Storytelling Through Fabric

Service, Security and God Woven Together Protecting Street Children

Street Girls Aid Fabric - Find The 5 Symbols
Service, security and God are all present in the Street Girls Aid 20th Anniversary celebration cloth which is being used to make clothing, table runners, head scarfs, place mats, bags and so much more. The girls in the vocational training program are reminded constantly of the deep commitment to service and security that Street Girls Aid demonstrates daily in their work with street children as designs are created and sewn with the deep blue and white fabric shown here.

Adinkra symbols have been used in West Africa since the early 1800’s when King Adinkra was a king from the Ivory Coast. The symbols used