Trailblazers, a non-profit organisation that focuses on women empowerment, has partnered with Kenshan Kennel to register children of some head porters, popularly known as ‘Kayayie’, onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The move is to enable them to benefit from free basic healthcare services and saw about 70 children from the Street Aid Nursery and Kindergarten school at Kantamanto Railway and Tudu enrolled onto the scheme, while others had their expired cards renewed.
Administrator at Trailblazers, Gifty Takyi, said the move will not only relieve financial burden of the shoulders of the head porters, most of whom are single mothers but will also offer the children access to healthcare whenever the need arises.
Ms. Takyi, sharing her joy about the initiative, stated that it was refreshing to see the children enrolled onto the scheme, as it will also encourage their mothers to seek proper medical care for them each time they are sick.
She added that Trailblazers within the year will focus on empowering more vulnerable groups especially women to make their lives more meaningful.
Aside from registering the children, Trailblazers also donated some learning materials to the school with the support of Vidya Bookstore and some private individuals at the cost of GH₵6,300.
The stationery comprised textbooks, exercise books, story books, packs of crayons, packs of erasers, packs of pencils, packs of pens, sleeping mats, packs of sharpeners and toys, among others.
Supervisor at the Tudu Street Girls Aid Nursery and Kindergarten in Accra, Joana Armah, said working with such children is an exciting experience.
Trailblazers is a non-profit organisation that aims to equip women with skills to develop themselves to their full potential. The organisation believes that all women should be empowered to fully achieve their potential and become independent and responsible members of society.