Beggars are a very common sight in Accra and in most Ghanaian cities. They can be seen almost everywhere. They are usually found on the streets at traffic lights, at bus stops, markets, religious places of worship and areas of commercial activity.
Of note, many beggars are physically handicapped and are unable to find proper jobs to make a living. They definitely need help from us. Even though that is not always the case, most beggars are poor and do not have any other source of livelihood. People who beg are part of a broader street homelessness problem and are among the most vulnerable people in our society.
In a recent survey of 144 beggars in Accra, 43% spent their nights sleeping outside, in front of shops and in market places etc. Another 25.6 % lived in kiosks.
A little over a third of these beggars are blind and majorities of the remaining are crippled, some with severely restricted mobility.
In 2012, the charity initiated an outreach drive- Love Outreach, to alleviate the suffering of street beggars by giving them some financial support on a monthly basis. The charity has also provides brand new wheel chairs to those who cannot afford them, enhancing their mobility and independence.
2016 Love Outreach
Love Outreaches focus on people with disabilities and beggars on our streets. From March to September, a series of outreaches have been held for these people who received money, mattresses, food and drinks free of charge.
In May this year as part of our Founder’s Day celebrations in honour of our leader Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills, the Love Outreach team visited 150 psychiatric patients in the Accra Psychiatric hospital. We served them with hot meals, chilled drinks as well as the gospel of salvation and God's love through the word. See the pictures...
In August, we added another phase to the project by reaching out to cripples to assist them with new prosthetics. So far we have assessed 45 cripples of which 12 have commenced the second phase to get new prosthetics. We trust and believe that the continuation of our projects and activities will continue to give help to the helpless. See the pictures...
March 2015 Love Outreach
This year's Love Outreach (beggars outreach) started on the 1st of March, where 98 of our regular street beggars were gathered together at the Qodesh to listen to the word of God and given some money for their upkeep.
Christmas Party 2015
"For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me:..."
The Help the Helpless Charity, a ministry under Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills, organized its second end-of-the-year Beggars' Party, on Saturday, 19th December, 2015.
Wheel Chair Donations 2014
In the months of July, August and September we had wheel chair donations during our beggar services. We gave away 8, 6 and 10 brand new wheel chairs respectively.
The recipients are mostly from the accident units of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
Christmas Party 2014
On the 21st of December 2014 we had our first ever Christmas party for our beggars right after the service.
We had Bishop Prince Charles Addae with us who graced the occasion with a powerful preaching and prayer. We had about 180 people in attendance. Each person had a pack of food, drinks and T-shirt and also a take home souvenir.
Neigbourhood Visitation Outreach
On the 28th of December 2014 we took to the streets of Accra, from circle to CMB to Okaishie to Nima to Abbosey Okai Zongo (all suburbs in Accra) to visit our beggars. We announced to them the happy church services which commenced on the first Sunday of 2015. They are bussed and brought in to church and taken back home when the service is over. They are excited about it and the response has been growing since our first service.
Click one of the links below to view outreaches done for a specific year: