Conde Nast Traveler KAYAEI GIRLS Article

The Women Dedicating Their Work to the Wellbeing of Ghana’s Head Porters | Condé Nast Traveler (cntraveler.com)


What a wonderful article outlining myself and other amazing women doing work to help bring dignity and the best opportunity for women and girls in Accra, Ghana. Giving a Voice and platform to my girls.


quotes from the article:


"Many of these women make just enough to eat for a day’s work, if they make anything at all,” says Kimberly Afreeka-Okolieaboh, an international clinical social worker and community organizer who splits her time between Accra and Southern California. She’s also the founder of K.I.M.S. Kids Foundation, an organization aimed at empowering youth both in the U.S. and in Ghana, including the kayayei. Afreeka-Okolieaboh has spent time living with some of the women in what’s considered typical kayayei housing: “hostel-style” accommodations, as they’re locally called, that often pack dozens of women into one room without access to gas or running water. The majority of kayayei sleep outdoors in front of storefronts or on slabs of cardboard, however, tucked beneath plastic overhangs propped up as protection from the elements.

"Afreeka-Okolieaboh is also planning to build a village that will not just accommodate kayayei, but be entirely self-sufficient, complete with solar energy and container housing where the women can grow their own food and live in a communal setting. “It’s about creating a blue-print for self-care,” she says.


The Women Dedicating Their Work to the Wellbeing of Ghana’s Head Porters | Condé Nast Traveler (cntraveler.com)


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