Mary (not her real name – to protect her identity) was brought to King Jesus Charity Home in December 2014 by the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service. According to the police report, Mary was abandoned behind a building with nothing more than a baby diaper. It was obvious that Mary had a physical disability, being unable to walk or talk. Due to the fact that she had been abandoned, her exact date of birth was unknown but the staff estimated that she was approximately 4 years old.
Mary could not be enrolled into school because of her disability. Her health condition was a priority and medical attention was sought. Her medical bills were expensive but due to the support of the Ghanaian Children’s Trust and individual donors, plus a lot of encouragement and dedicated care from the staff at King Jesus Charity Home, Mary can now walk, talk and do everything her peers do. This little girl, who was abandoned by her parents due to her disabilities, can now sing loud and clear.
Almost five years down the line at King Jesus Charity Home, Mary has been enrolled into school, thanks to the support of the Ghanaian Children’s Trust, and she is currently at kindergarten level two (KG2). Other children of the same age (9 years) would normally be in Primary 3 (schooling in Ghana consists of 2 years in kindergarten, 6 years in Primary, and then the children progress to Junior High School).
Mary and other children like her need the support of the Ghanaian Children’s Trust to aid them in acquiring quality education, health care and a bright future ahead. Any help you can give will really make a difference.