Kayayei Pleads For Support To Further Education

Kwasi Yeboah Owiredu Wadie shares food with the Kayayei. (Inset) Mutiatu pleads for support

A head porter called Patience Tampuri is pleading with
the general public to support her to enrol at a nursing training college.

Mutiatu, as Patience is called on the street, says she
completed Bole Senior High School in 2013 and had good grades but had to come
down south to do ‘kayayei’ because her parents were unable to afford her
tertiary education.

Mutiatu, who hails from Daboya in the North Gonja
District of the Savannah Region, told DAILY GUIDE in an exclusive
interview that her wish is to leave the street and go back to school.

She says she went back home some two years
ago to see if her parents could raise money to take her to school but that did
not happen and she had to come back.

“I have not given birth; I am still young. I am only
22 years old; I just want to go to a nursing college should I get help today. I
would leave the street,” she told the paper.

Party for street kids

Mutiatu was speaking to the paper on the sidelines of
a party organised for street kids at Madina. Head porters, known locally as
Kayayei, and some street kids numbering about 1,000 were treated to sumptuous
meals and drinks amidst fun fare on Valentine’s Day, February 14. The street
party organised by KBK Foundation, a humanitarian organisation, was to show
love to the outcast in society on world love day.

With Ghana spicing up the Valentine Day with chocolate
eating, the Kayayei were given Kingsbite cocoa chocolate to ensure they fully
enjoy the occasion. Monies ranging between GH¢100 and GH¢500 were also given to some selected Kayayei to
support themselves.

Love for all

Kwasi Yeboah Owiredu Wadie, Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) of the foundation, said he believes everyone deserves to be loved hence
the decision to show love to the ‘rejected’. He stated that though through his
foundation, he supports hospitals and orphanages yearly on his birthday, he
felt the need to show love to those on the street this time around.

Mr. Wadie used the occasion to plead with politicians to ensure peaceful elections in the country.

By Nana Kwasi