The Mayor of Accra, Elizabeth Kwatsoe Sackey, has commissioned a cutting-edge child daycare center in the city to create a secure and loving environment for children of migrants working in the trash industry.
The single-story childcare center, located in the middle of the lively Old Fadama district, was built with funding from the Mayor’s Migration Council’s Global Cities Fund and the Robert Bosch Foundation. It is expected to provide a refuge of learning, care, and growth for migrants’ children aged six months to three years in the informal garbage industry.
The new building, built by City Plus Limited, features modern facilities such as age-appropriate classrooms, a play area, designated places for meals and relaxation, and an office.
Mayor Sackey highlighted her commitment to meeting the needs of disadvantaged groups in the city, including migrants working in the trash sector, stating that “Every child deserves a supportive environment for growth and learning.”
She said that the effort was part of the city’s larger social inclusion program, which strives to bridge gaps and strengthen populations who are frequently on the margins of society. The AMA stated that by addressing the unique needs of families in the garbage industry, it hoped to break the cycle of poverty and offer prospects for a better future.
Fatao Dialo Ndiaye, Chief of Mission at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), praised the Mayor’s dedication to migrant and community rights, highlighting the significant participation of Accra locals.
Madam Ndiaye praised Ghana’s outstanding dedication, citing her lengthy trips across Mali, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, and stated that Accra was fortunate to have such a determined leader.
She emphasized the need of viewing migrants as an important part of society and praised the Mayor’s efforts to lead their integration, a position endorsed by IOM.
She praised the measures aimed at integrating migrants into the city and emphasized the need for Africans to accept and integrate migrants.
The IOM’s Chief of Mission urged the community to maintain the facility and support the Mayor’s goal, emphasizing the necessity of maintaining a long-term good effect.
Jules Armand Aniambossou, the French Ambassador to Ghana, who attended the event, thanked the Mayor and assured him of France’s and the embassy’s continued support for partnership.
The Presiding Member of the AMA, Alfred Adjei, the Coordinating Director of the AMA, Douglas N.K Annoful, a representative from Amnesty International Ghana, Genevieve Partington, a representative from Ghana Immigration Service, the 2009 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) ‘Artist of the Year’-Okyeame Kwame, Assemblyman for Amamomo Electoral Area, Musah Ziyad, chiefs and staff of the Assembly, among others, attended the commissioning.