Imagine that because of economic reasons, your parents board you on a bus with just a one way ticket, the cloths that you wear and your little twelve year old knowledge of village life in your pocket. The bus brings you, all alone, to the big city. From your small village of 50 peoples where you know every corner to a dirty big busy city where everything is different. It’s noisy, dirty and scary. The streets of Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana with one of West Africa’s biggest markets houses many children, mostly girls, who are send away by their families like this. Available statistics indicates that there are more then 10.000 street children in Kumasi. The children have no other option but to live on the streets and adjust quickly. Most girls end up working as Kayaaye’s, carriers of goods on their head through the market. With a bit of luck they’ll earn about 5 Ghana Cedis per pay ($1) of which part they have to send back to their families in the village. This photo series is about Adamfo, a Dutch charity that is here for these children. Aside from creating a safe resting place for street girls during the day and a daycare for the babies and toddlers of these girls, Adamfo tries to persuade the girls to start schooling to improve their life. Just outside of Kumasi, Adamfo started a vocational training institute for these girls where they can school and house for free. Though this seems like the perfect solution, it’s not as easy as it seems. Most girls are struggling with their daily expenses and the pressure of providing money for their families back home. School is therefor not seen as the solution. Many girls choose the streets of Kumasi and the dangers that come with it, because not being accepted back home because you didn’t provide for the family is the biggest fear of all. These photo’s is partly taken on the streets and market of Kumasi where the girls work and live, the daycare center for the small children and the school just outside of Kumasi.