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Walk straight through the gate into the beachfront behind the lighthouse. We live together as a family with our Streetwise children and operate 24/7. 20160711_155256-1

Touching Lives, Touching Generations

Who we are

Jaynii Streetwise Organisation is a community not-for-profit, charity and non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Ghana with registration number G-23,946  and Department of Social Welfare number DSW 5287 which has its aim of improving the lives of children and youth.

Born and bred in a densely populated poor, marginalized and deprived Jamestown, founder Emmanuel Quartey knows the terrain.Having originally started the JayNii Beach Bar, Co-Founder Naa Borkor Quartey (Jay) an orphan herself and Emmanuel Quartey (Nii) realized that most children wander aimlessly at the beachfront and in the community when they should be discovering their talents in school. Upon questioning these children and making follow-ups to their communities, JayNii learnt that these bright youngsters only need help.

As such, social entrepreneurs and environmental warriors Jay and Nii single-handedly started the JayNii Project to support people in need especially our future leaders.

JayNii educates and provides skills to needy children, incapacitated parents, drop-out youth and people who need skills in social enterprises to eventually support not only themselves but their family. Also, organize programmes to strengthen the minds and abilities of youngsters – Best Brain, Arts & Culture, Sports, Healthy Talks etc

Jaynii Streetwise is borne out of the Jaynii Cultural Troupe, an African music and dance performing group founded by professional musician Nii and assisted by intrinsic Choreographer Jay in 1997 in Jamestown, Accra, which perform at countless functions locally and internationally and use part of the proceeds to fund the care of these children.

On a daily basis, JayNii help beneficiaries with their homework, feed and offer them sports, drumming and dance lessons as their recreation.

Where we operate

Jamestown is a fisher-folk area on the outskirt of Accra. A densely populated poor, marginalized and deprived community with low rate of literacy and income generating activity

 

Be Part of the Solution

Join us in any way possible to support StreetWise get Ghana’s gifted children off the street and into the classroom. Volunteers, corporate entities, teachers, sponsors, donors and all expertise are welcome on board. All we need is what you can offer.

In this regard, we will be most grateful if you could assist the Jaynii StreetWise team and the hundreds of children and youth still prowling the streets and beaches in search of hope – to sustain our efforts by supporting in any way you can.

Do not add your voice to the complaints about ‘the increasing numbers of armed robbers, teenage mothers, prostitutes and street children’. Be part of the solution – give to our future teachers, doctors, inventors, marketing managers and C.E.Os. You will be giving these innocent little children a CHANCE and therefore, a CHOICE in life. Help us to help them.

Our children are our future! Touch a life today !

Brief History and Achievements

Articles 25 & 28 of The Constitution of Ghana state that all young persons shall have the right to educational opportunities and facilities. Basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all. All children and young persons shall receive special protection against exposure to physical and moral hazards, and be protected from engaging in work that constitutes a threat to health, education or development. No child shall be deprived by any other person of medical treatment, education or any other social or economic benefit.

However the socio-economic reality of many children in Ghana is such that they simply cannot fully access/enjoy these constitutionally guaranteed rights.

JayNii StreetWise Organisation, a Not-For-Profit organisation, dedicated to keeping the children off the streets and in school, provide them with an education and a chance for a better future.

On April 15, 2008, JayNii Cultural Troupe which performs to finance the StreetWise Project, officially gave birth to JayNii Streetwise Organisation, a registered charity with the Department of Social Welfare, number DSW 5287 and the Registrar General’s Department, number G23,946 with a goal of promoting the welfare of vulnerable children in deprived communities in Ghana through education, sports, arts and culture, and its main activity of training and educating needy children/youth.

With the proceeds from JayNii Troupe’s performances, drumming and dance lessons/workshops offered, the StreetWise Project provides youngsters with all needed clothing and materials to attend school, accommodate, feed, gives medical care, stationery, uniform, shoes, bags and pastoral care to needy children, extracurricular activities in drumming, creative arts, reading, sports and dance. Provides financial assistance for some of the most deprived and needy households in Ghana, at least nine years of formal basic education in Ghana from kindergarten to SHS for children from 4 to 18 years, and offered batik/tie & dye textile designing training for women and youth in Jamestown, Accra.

Achievements

The StreetWise Centre has a library, dormitory, kitchen, standard place of convenience facilities and has donated over 20,000 story, text and exercise books, pencils, pens etc to almost all schools in and around the Odododiodio constituency.

JayNii has young soccer team and a music band that has couple of albums to its credit.

Monitoring

StreetWise interact and monitor beneficiaries to be sure they are happily enjoying the right of education. This also help for good communication between child, guardian and teacher.

Challenges

Unfortunately, the rising cost of living and the increasing challenge to rescue more children from the streets, organizing educational programmes etc make it almost impossible to fulfill our objectives effectively. Our passion for children and the environment is a time-and-money-consuming venture that can only be sustained with a steady flow of income but socio-economic reality of many children in Ghana is such that they simply cannot fully access/enjoy the constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Touts/hustlers around the Jamestown Lighthouse lie, pretend to work with us and collect money from innocent visitors, keep poisoning and driving people away from our JayNii centre. They conspire with a school nearby and share the booty from unsuspecting visitors.

Future Plans

Construction of educational facilities/free schools, recreational and JayNii Centres wherever our services are needed

Beneficiaries

    • Needy children drawn from deprived villages and communities within which JSO works.
    • Orphans and Needy children under the care of single parents or incapacitated parents.
    • Children of economically overburdened and distressed families (Large families for example).
    • Street Children

Mission of the Organization

Moving Ghanaian gifted youth off the street and into the classroom and providing them with skills.

Main Activity of the Organization

Training and education of needy children/youth

Overall Goal of the Organization

To promote the welfare of vulnerable young ones in deprived communities through education, sports, arts and culture.

The Aim and Objectives of the Organization

  • To support the educational needs of vulnerable children
  • To get children off the street and into the classroom.
  • Provide our young ones with skills.
  • Create the opportunity for them to make use of their acquired skill.
  • Empower them, to show them that they are talented and deserve to join the ranks of educated youngsters.
  • Promote and encourage education for all children and help prepare them for a better future.
  • Promote global peace and understanding through children exchange programme.
  • Create global awareness among children.
  • To instill, develop, preserve and promote Ghanaian/African arts, culture and sports.
  • Participate in international children and youth conferences, seminars, campfires, retreats, festivals.

Organization’s Area of Work

  • Child rights advocacy and educational opportunities.
  • Provision of temporary shelter for abused children.
    Enrolment of in-school and out-of-school youth into skill training and apprenticeship.
  • Awareness creation and education on environmental and health issues.