City Hearts Africa becomes independent charity

Since 2013, City Hearts (UK) has played an integral role in the founding and development of City Hearts Africa in Ghana. This included sending City Hearts (UK) staff members in support of City Hearts Africa in its infancy.

Over the years, there has been much to celebrate through this collaboration, including a Child Partnership Programme, which supported over a hundred children between 2015 and 2017. More recent achievements include, working with the Antislavery Knowledge Network to educate over 60 children and young people about historical and modern slavery in Ghana. In addition, providing crisis aid and therapeutic interventions to over 80 survivors of Human Trafficking during the Coronavirus pandemic with the support of funding from the United Nations. 

City Hearts Africa is in a position of strength. The charity is its own legal entity and has its own board of directors, primarily made up of Ghanaians, who believe the charity is in a position to thrive independently.

Therefore, directors of both charities have agreed that this is an appropriate time for City Hearts Africa to operate independently and to end all partnership working from 31st March 2022.

Ed Newton, CEO of City Hearts UK said, ‘We are really pleased to have been able to play a part in the development of City Hearts Africa, and want to thank everyone who has been involved. At City Hearts UK, we will now be focusing our energies and capacity here in the United Kingdom. We are assured that City Hearts Africa has the right people in place to continue to deliver vital frontline support to those who need help the most; and want to wish them every success for the future.’

Going forward, City Hearts Africa will retain its brand and name, with the City Hearts Africa Board believing the current brand to be a significant success driver in the future of the charity and stakeholder relationships. They said, ‘We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked together with City Hearts (UK). We thank them for their many years of support and the lives that were impacted through our collaboration.’