A Story from The Field
Like so many others, Abigail got a loan for her provisions shop. Like so many others, she wanted to buy higher profit items so she could make more money – enough money to enroll back into University. Okay, so the last part is a bit different. But that’s just the beginning of how different Abigail is.
Her story involves broken homes, dreams of helping kids, perseverance, Faith, and more determination than one person normally has.
Abigail comes from a broken home, nothing she wants to talk about nor have another child go though. So at the age of 18 she started finding kids in the community in bad situations – broken home, orphan, unsafe environment – and took them home if she was allowed, or looked after them daily if she couldn’t take them out of their situation.
She had gone to University for a semester early on, but decided to allocate her money solely for the kids – to pay for food, a house, healthcare, school materials, and clothing. Now at 24 years old, Abigail has 18 children she looks after – 10 that live with her, 8 she looks after at her rented home. Her provision shop has allowed her to pay for items the children need, while also saving to rent a larger house – and to save for tuition to attend a weekend University nearby.
Through perseverance, she found a lovely home, with its own compound – plenty of room for the children to live and play.
I visited both homes, and the difference is dramatic – the kids will be thrilled! Abigail is also starting up University again in a few short weeks.
Last year she held a community fundraiser with some success. The community does help out in other small ways, offering some food and produce from their farms. She is also a pastor in the community.
How are the children doing? Her eldest is 22, and just started nursing school. Her next eldest began teacher training college last year. The others that stay with her attend school, and there are signs posted at the front door of her house that says “Speak English”. She is determined they get the best fresh start possible in life.
Like so many others, Abigail wants to see Ghanaians step up and out of poverty. But unlike most people, Abigail is taking action every day to ensure that happens – one child at a time.
Thanks for reading about Abigail. There is no ask or action here. Just wanted you to learn about someone else’s life, and the amazing things people are doing in the world.