Michael’s mission to help street children in Ghana
1 February 2016
BT employee Michael Fitch is leading a project to build a “foster” village to help Ghana’s street children.
He’s a founder and trustee of a charity called Fihankra.
So far, he’s raised £1,200, as well as giving thousands of pounds of his own money to buy land for the village, erect the first building and drill a borehole for fresh water.
He recently won a Volunteer of the Month award in the BT Chairman’s Awards – which recognise and reward BT employees who have been involved in voluntary work or fundraising over the last 12 months.
A visit to Ghana seven years ago sparked his interest.
Michael, who is chief of wireless research in BT TSO says: “Someone at my local church asked me to help out on a project to create a water system for a remote village.
“The children at the local school won my heart and so I changed focus to help disadvantaged youngsters.”
Fihankra aims to help street children. An estimated 21,000 children live and work on the streets of the capital Accra without a parent to protect them, and there are many more in other cities around the country.
Michael says: “We want to build a foster village with 12 houses, each accommodating 15 street children, together with house parents.
“They will be given remedial schooling, IT training, and also taught crafts. The aim is to give a few of the children a way out of a vulnerable situation and a route to better lives.”
The charity is looking for volunteers to help with either the project itself or fundraising – each house will cost an estimated £12,000 to build.
Contact Michael for more information.