January 6, 2020

Kayayoo Mothers' Stories

May 30, 2019

And our topic is: "The Kayayoo's Child: A square peg in an early education system of round holes"

On June 1st, 2019, We have an amazing opportunity to share in the first TEDx Education in Ghana. Early Childhood Education is vital to building our society... And the vulnerable child of the underprivileged in our society needs more customized attention than our education system offers... Kaya ChildCare is doing something about it. 

Aunty Evelyn Kwofie, our center manager and Early Childhood Director at Kaya ChildCare will be gracing the maiden event to share her exploits in a rare educational setup for children of head porters in Accra. 

Join us there...

October 17, 2018

See our center in pictures!

January 23, 2017

On Saturday, 17 December 2016, Kaya Childcare held our very first paediatric health screening for 0 to 5 year old children of the Kayayo women at Madina, Accra. We successfully screened 87 kids aged 0 to 3, and had about 20 mothers still waiting in line when it got dark. 

The purpose of the pediatric health screening was to set a baseline health record of the kids we will have in our center. It fulfills a critical aspect of holistic early childhood development, that is good health.

The event kicked off a little over 2pm with help from a pediatrician, a dentist, and two nurses. As well as volunteers from Ashesi University and University of Ghana Legon who helped...

November 11, 2016

On 30th and 31st January, 2016 our core team with help from Nepeti (a fellow faculty at Ashesi University) went to look for and interact with the Madina Kayayoo in their community for the first time. We found about 150 women between ages 15 and 48 and many kids. The women we interacted with were amazing and for the most part willing to answer our questions and show us around. Having to interact with with these ladies, to hear their stories, and see their daily push to keep themselves and their children fed, alive, and sheltered, was beyond anything we had ever experienced. For the first time ever, we saw the Kayayoo beyond just the porter who carried our load in the market,...

November 11, 2016

How did we come to even think of this problem you ask? My sister (Gracelove) and I were driving down the busy market street in Madina, Accra and as usual there were the Kayayoo with their heavy loads and their babies on their backs; working as hard as ever. For the rest of the drive, our conversation somehow turned to focus on those kids and how for many hours in a day, they miss the chance to "just be kids". We agreed that if we could do something sustainable to give-back and help society, it would be to help the Kayayoo give her baby the childhood that every child deserves... 

Fast forward 8 months, and this notice went out: That's when our journey began. 


October 16, 2016

For most head porters (known as kayayoo, plural:kayayei) in Accra’s market places, after migrating from the rural areas in Northern Ghana to the urban centers of the south, they have to contend with harsh economic and opportunity constraints to survive. On a daily basis, they are exposed to several risks, including theft, rape and numerous social vices.

Consequently, they end up bearing children but are unable to provide the required attention and care children need. Most of these children end up as street kids, or are also sucked into the kayayoo trade at very young ages.

“Hard working mothers like the kayeyei, doing all they possibly can to provide for their helpless babies,...

October 13, 2016

A vital part of the MasterCard Foundation scholarship program is the Give Back component — an initiative that gives scholars the opportunity to give back to their communities through volunteering community service as well as other forms of experiential learning.

Over the summer break, a group of MasterCard Foundation scholars teamed up with members of Kaya Childcare Centre, an initiative that provides childcare for children of kayayei (female head porters), to make toys for the children.

Kaya Childcare Centre, an initiative jointly founded by some members of Ashesi’s faculty, aims to provide childcare for children of female head porters who work in open market places...

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