Background of Founder

Janet Abena Quainoo,is a Broadcast Journalist and Executive Director of Save A Street Child Foundation. Through her work as a Broadcast Journalist, Janet developed the passion to support the vulnerable in society through the sharing of their stories in the media. She founded the organization in December 2016 to support street children with charity and to help reduce the number on the streets. Her ultimate motivation is to see an end to the growing phenomenon of streetism in Ghana and beyond.

Inspiration

In February 2017, Janet met an eight-year-old Victoria Kpezie who suffered a disease called congenital hairy nevus, a skin disease that could progress into cancer when not treated. The disease caused the abnormal growth of hair on Victoria’s face. Janet solicited for funds that enabled Victoria to undergo surgery successfully.

She organized  “A Walk Against Streetism” on the 2nd of September,2017 aimed at sensitizing the Government and the public on the hardships associated with streetism. Street children from Kasoa, Accra, Kumasi and other parts of the country participated in the walk carrying placards with captions such as “We need love”,  ‘Add your voice to the movement to say no to streetism’, and many more. After the walk, a health screening was organized during during which doctors diagnosed health conditions in some of the children which required prompt medical attention.

The team under the leadership of Janet Abena Quainoo followed up on some of the children with health problems and discovered one of the street children called Abdul Hakim Alimeyahu lying on the street. The boy was rushed to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation clinic for treatment and the resident doctor diagnosed him of acute Kidney infection. He was treated and discharged with all expenses paid by Janet. After various publications on TV and radio, the team found Hakim’s father and re united him with his family. Currently, he has been enrolled back to school to continue his education and realize his dream of becoming a medical doctor.

Janet is on a mission to use her foundation's platform to bring the stories of street children and get them assistance

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