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StreetLITES Africa is a charity working with schools in Ghana, Africa to help educate and care for street children.

The "LITES" is an acronym of: Learning, Information, Technology, Empowerment and Support to street children in Africa and India.

Established goals[edit]

The charity describes their work as empowering agencies to provide computer resources alongside their existing outreach programs.[1] They collect redundant IT hardware and other educational goods with the aim to place them with agencies who are working to help abolish poverty.[2]

Funding and partners[edit]

Funding is provided mainly by donations from the public, the charity also works with partners in the UK and Ghana, for example Refurbit Hull,[3] in the UK and the Apostolic Church in Ghana.[4] Central to the project is the Microsoft "Fresh start initiative" which provides the windows licences for the computers.[5]


The charity was started in 2004 after a visit to Ghana by a group, four of that group now form the trustees of the charity. On their return they decided they could do something to help the needy in Ghana, they observed the abundance of computers and software discarded in the west, and the lack of this provision in Ghana. They contacted local companies and discovered that it was viable to ship computers to Ghana, as a charity.[6]

Since the early days many visits have been made to and from Ghana and the UK, the most significant as a charity occurred at Easter 2006, when a delegation visited the various agencies they had partnered with provided with computers.[4]

Future projects[edit]

The charity is currently working on a sponsorship project where members of the public may sponsor children associated with the agencies the charity is partnered with.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ StreetLITES Africa, accessed 25 January 2007
  2. ^ "Charity Commission".
  3. ^ StreetLITES Africa, Our supporters, accessed 25 January 2007
  4. ^ a b StreetLITES Africa, Easter 2006 visit, accessed 25 January 2007 Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ StreetLITES Africa, kit, accessed 25 January 2007
  6. ^ StreetLITES Africa, Who., accessed 25 January 2007
  7. ^ StreetLITES Africa, Orphan Sponsorship, accessed 25 January 2007

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