As ‘Positive Action for Porter Girls’ Promises Free Skill Training & Education
By Alfred K Dogbey
A philanthropic Organization based in Madina, a suburb of Accra called Positive Action for Porter Girls (PAPG), has promised to assist girl porters, popularly known as ‘Kayayeis’, who carry goods for a negotiated fee in the Madina municipality.
The organization, whose office is located at the Madina Market behind the Car Park, has pledged to help the girls acquire skills training, groom their knowledge and assist those who want go to school.
Already, it has began sponsoring some of the head porters to school and looking after them and has also been offering others who visit the organization’s office, free guidance and counseling to build their mindsets psychologically.
It was formed by a female Catholic Priest, Rev. Sister Angela Ssps and four others namely, Mr. Isaac Konlanbik, Mr. John Attiogbe, Ms. Abigail Sosa and late Christian Vordzorgbe, about two years ago.
Speaking at a gathering last Sunday for the ‘Kayayeis’ to educate, create awareness and sensitized them against personal hygiene in the awake of the deadly cholera outbreak in the city, Rev. Sister Angela and Mr. Attiogbe said, the purpose of the organization was to give these underprivileged girls “the opportunity to also access education, assist them to acquire skills training”, in order to get dignity in the society.
They told The Herald in an interview that, Positive Action for Porter Girls is a non-denominational organization with the mission to help and, therefore, their office door is opened to all.
They said, the organization’s office, also organize and teache Life-Skills, as well as mathematics and English, to improve the knowledge of the girls. They also give free eye screening and register the girls under the National Health Insurance Services (NHIS).
Rev. Sister Angela, said it was the expectation of the PAPG to expand its activities and operation to cover other areas in the city, where these underprivileged girls could be found.
Last Sunday’s event, which was part of the occasional activities in the year for the Kayayeis girls, health workers (nurses) from the Madina Polyclinic – Kekele, were invited to educate the head porters on how to keep themselves clean, teenage pregnancy, cholera outbreak, the Ebola virus family planning and other matters concerning health.
Also present at the event, were officials in charge of Queen of Peace credit union, who came to enlighten and encourage the girls to develop a culture of saving, the little that they make.