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.
Worth noting is that 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 form a large chunk of homeless people 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 provided brand new wheel chairs to those who cannot afford them, enhancing their mobility and independence.
Our Monthly Love Outreach
We were filled with great joy and excitement last Sunday at the Fred Price Chapel, Qodesh Lighthouse Chapel International in Accra, to have our brethren join the Twi speaking congregation in a time of fellowship.
About 125 physically challenged and visually impaired people were ministered to with substance and the word of God. Each person took home an amount of money, a pack of hot food, water and a drink. They just could not hide their smile as they received the items.
God bless Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills for being a blessing to them...
New Year Party
This year, our annual Love Party with the street beggars (and their aids) in Accra was held on the 7th of January 2017 at the Lighthouse Chapel International, Qodesh. We hosted a total of 365 adults with various disabilities and 120 aids. Bishop Prince Addae, the Executive Director of the Healing Jesus Campaign preached a powerful sermon and led many to Christ before the start of the feast. There was great joy and merry making as each person received a special t-shirt plus hot meals, chilled drinks and a special cake and ice cream for dessert. Each person who attended the party had a Gift box loaded with goodies: a bag of rice, laundry soap, gari (a local delicacy), cooking oil, slippers for children, biscuits, african shirts (for men) and 6 yards of cloth (for women) and a token of money. See the pictures...
2016 Love Outreach
Love Outreaches focus on people with disabilities and beggars on our streets. From March to September, monthly Love outreach has 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...
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 were 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: