“Multitudes of street children and hawkers within parts of the capital had a refreshing taste of Christmas when the Miss Hygiene Foundation in collaboration with the Demenz Foundation embarked on an exercise to feed the destitute on the street.
With the aim of ensuring that street children shared in the festive season, the Foundation treated the children and hawkers to good food and drinks on Christmas Eve as part of its objectives to support the less privileged.
The team, led by Queen Aku Sika, the 2021 1st Runner up of Miss Hygiene Ghana and the CEO of 3D Events Management,Mr. Derrick Mnesah(Demenz) visited bus stops at the Okponglo Traffic Light, Dzorwulu Junction, Osu and Shiashie and shared assorted drinks, biscuits, packaged foods, and other items for the homeless.
It was a moment of joy and merrymaking for the beneficiaries, many of whom had spent their entire lives grappling on the streets.
At each bus stop, Chairman Demenz interacted with the hawkers and shared messages of inspiration, encouraging them to work harder and be confident that their conditions would change.
“I know it is not your wish to be on the streets, but for the sake of survival. It touches my heart anytime I see you on the streets. As my family and I celebrate this Christmas with you, I have special plans for you as well because I know your needs go beyond food,” he told the gathering.
Abena Gyamfi, a mother of four, was among the hundreds of street hawkers who flocked to the Okponglo Traffic Light to meet the team.
Madam Abena, who has been selling plantain chips on the streets to raise her children for the past 15 years, said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity, describing the exercise as a timely intervention.
“Sales have been bad for a while now, to the point where buying drinks for my children this Christmas has been difficult because I have a lot of needs to meet.” “This is more than a gift; it’s a big celebration for me and my children,” she said.