Arise Ghana youth for your country,
The nation demands your devotion.
Let us all unite to uphold her,
And make her great and strong.
We are all involved (3x),
In building our motherland.
Whiles I might not have the financial capacity (currently) to help those in need and in financial straits….but the initiative to provide clothes (no longer worn) among other things to the homeless is one i have never shied away from.
It is estimated that about 51% of Ghana’s urban residents live in slums (Cities Alliance, 2013). Homelessness in Ghana is rising at an alarming rate, with 70% of homeless people under the age of 20 (i.e the Youth).
On a hot Friday afternoon, en-route from lectures, I approached a group of young adults with a single question on my mind which i posed to them. “What are some of the little things you do to help the less privileged and the Homeless in your immediate vicinity?”. They were in consensus in admitting “not much”, with one in particular pointing out to the simple fact that it is indeed the duty of a certain government and her policy makers to ensure that shelter is provided to the homeless.
Indeed. the government has a responsibility to protect its citizens, out of harm’s way.
Some streets in Accra now serve as habitats to the Homeless in the capital city. These people may be mistaken (through no fault of ours) to be among the mentally unstable, but with further scrutiny and enquiry it will be revealed that indeed they are people of sound mind only lacking a place of abode.
Though it may be easy to rationalize that the homeless have themselves to blame for their homelessness, however, we should not and cannot ignore their struggle, their illness and their hurt. Not helping would be inhumane. ‘Housing is a right and not a privilege’.
If every citizen is the responsibility of the state, why can’t the government provide shelter for the homeless people in Ghana?
Whiles some buildings in certain parts of the city are left to rot away, so are the Homeless. A little investment on the part of the government can transform such structures into temporary homes for those who have nowhere to lay their heads.The government should therefore create a comprehensive strategic plan to address homelessness. An effective approach would be for the government to make resource available for emergency homeless shelters throughout the nation where the homeless would be referred.
What interests me most though, are the little things we of the Millennial can do to help these people with naught but the clothes on their backs. For, “We are all involved…In building our motherland”. Truly, building a nation requires responsibility and involvement from all levels of society including students and the youth. Ants are wonderful insects and they affirm there can be unity in diversity. They work collectively and in harmony for one goal: to support and protect that which is inherently theirs, and so they do.