Mr Ataa Lartey, the Executive Director of Street Academy, who made the call explained that, at the moment children on the street feel neglected especially with the absence of parental and societal attention and once family planning is in place, it would help the unfortunate kids to be accorded with the needed parental responsibilities and be loved by all.
“Children feel society has forgotten them but doing this exercise help them to know they are not neglected but loved by all,” he said.
Mr Lartey therefore advised children not look down on themselves but build on what they are being given to help them achieve their dreams.
Speaking on the theme: “Securing a Healthy Environment,” the Executive Director observed that the theme was very appropriate especially when children in the school come from areas where they experience poor sanitation and poor hygiene related issues during raining seasons.
“This theme is timely and appropriate for our children who are mostly coming from Jamestown, Bukom, Chorkor and other places along the beaches,” he said.
He said it is the primary goal of the health walk to demonstrate the importance of water, hygiene and sanitation in the various homes.
“We also seek to use this opportunity to show that tropical diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and malaria can be prevented or their effects minimised.
“That is why we the children, teachers and board members of Street Academy are saying that let us demonstrate the saying “prevention is always better than cure,” he said.
The health walk which begun at 0700 hours from the Art Centre saw about 300 children and other sponsors walking through Makola, Rawlings Park, Hanson Road, James Town and back to the starting point.
Participants were educated on the use of good, clean water, sanitation and proper hygienic practices for a secured healthy environment to be maintained.
Mr Samuel Sedagah, the Investment Executive of GroFin Ghana, one of the supporters of the health walk, said the financial institution partnered Street Academy to create awareness about street children.
“We identify ourselves with the aims and goals of Street Academy and we seek to impact the lives of these children and society at large through our partnership,” he said.
Mr Sedgah lauded organisers for a successful programme that would go a long way to impact the lives of the children in terms of physique and habit.
He therefore encouraged other corporate bodies to partner the laudable initiative that would not only build individuals up healthy but the society in general.
The annual Street Academy Health walk which started in 1989 was supported by GroFin Ghana with MTN, National Lotteries Authority, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Senior Hands and CAL Bank being some of the major sponsors.
Source: GNA/News Ghana