Emmanuel before being sponsored
Even though CHF is not able to assist every child or family, the success stories of our current sponsored children keep motivating us to working relentlessly on this child labour and trafficking challenge in the fishing communities of the Awutu Senya Districts, Ghana. One of such success stories is one from EMMANUEL (NB: Names of beneficiaries has been changed to protect their privacy)
Emmanuel is a 12 year old boy from Senya who dreams of becoming a doctor in future. He’s been at the fishing shore helping his dad for as long as he can remember. He comes to the shore twice a week to fix the net, and is only paid GHC1( USD 0.43) He attends school occasionally but hasn’t been able to focus on his education. He wishes to go to school full time, but his father wants him to spend time contributing to the family’s income since his income is not enough to pay his school fees. His mother sells the fish and earn very little since they do not have any fish processing facilities to enable them preserve their fishes; hence they have to sell it cheaply or it goes rotten. He has 4 siblings, and three of which work on the shores as well. Both of his parents are uneducated, and fishing is their only source of income. Emmanuel’s only opportunity to avoid the same fate lies in his ability to return to school full time and receive an education.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation choose to sponsor Emmanuel in September 2012 after witnessing how badly he wanted to go back to school, coupled with how severely the fishermen exploited him. We placed him in our partner school D/A Primary and have been monitoring his progress. His teachers report he is a very good pupil, showing outstanding participation in class. In his most recent report he has received very good grades in Natural Science and Religious and Moral education.
Thank you for supporting Emmanuel and his desire for an Education.
Update on recently rescued kids
Thanks to your donations, Cheerful Hearts Foundation was able to sponsor 10 more children from senya (the worst hit community with child labour and trafficking) and one girl at Fetteh for the school year. Our strongest desire is to provide as many support as possible for all rescued trafficked and child labourers.
Joseph is a 13 years old boy who was trafficked to Yeji when he was 5 years old. Yeji is 450km away from his home town Senya Beraku and he has to work there for four years. He came back to Senya when he was 9 years old and then had the chance to go to school for two years. Unfortunately, his parents now cannot pay the school fees anymore so Joseph works at the shore with a fisherman. He mends fishing nets five days per week from 7am until 2pm in the afternoon. Joseph, who finds the work tiresome and sometimes gets injure, earns GHC1 (USD 0.43) per day, sometimes he is paid in kind (pieces of fish). His mother Abena is a fish monger (fish trader) and his father Bro Quaye a fisherman. Joseph doesn’t live with them but with his grandmother who also provides him three meals per day. Joseph wishes to have the opportunity of going back to school to become a teacher.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation chose to sponsor Joseph in September 2013 after witnessing how badly he wanted to go back to school. We placed him in our partner school Day star International and has been monitoring his progress. His teachers reports he is very respectful and participates very well in class. He is a hard worker as displayed in the two distinctions he attained in English Language and Creative Arts.
Thank you for supporting Joseph and his desire for an education.
Alimatu works in a chop bar (local restaurant) with her sister. What she does mainly is cooking, fetching water and washing bowls. She works everyday in the week from 5am to 11pm. She had no choice but to work at the chop bar for food and money to support herself. She said through an interview that, she finds her work tiring and that she dislike it because it does not allow her to go to school. Her father is a farmer and her mother unfortunately is disabled and cannot work. She is currently living with her grandmother who is in her late seventy’s. She is provided food by her grandmother. She is currently in class 6 in school, which is the class she attended school until her father couldn’t support her anymore. After the entire struggle, Alimatuturned out to be a very brilliant student, according to reports from her teachers. Hence she needs support to continue with her education to enable her achieve her future desire in becoming a teacher.
Cheerful Hearts Foundation chose to sponsor Alimatu after witnessing how eager she wanted to go back to school. We placed her in one of our partner school Fetteh D/A Primary, and have been monitoring her progress. Her teachers report that in her recent progress report that she shows very positive attitude towards school. Alimatu performs well which is stated by her good marks. She shows interest in all subjects.
Thank you for supporting Alimatu and her desire for an education.
CHILD RIGHTS EDUCATIONAL TALK
After a very busy summer prior to the beginning of the school year, most of our activities we reported on in our earlier edition paid off with rescued kids improving upon their grades after an intense summer vacation school. Parents also made sure their kids stayed in school which is proving how parent’s are gradually accepting the importance of education through our parent’s meetings and also the sensitization education being carried out in the schools in the fishing villages to educate the children about the importance of education. The more the children is schools get to know their rights, the more people get out of the shore and hence an increased enrolment in schools within the community.
Though we have been able sponsor additional 10 children this quarter through your generous support, there are still a considerable number of vulnerable children who need our support to achieve their educational and future aspirations. Cheerful Hearts Foundation is appealing to all generous donors can support the education of a child or can contribute any amount to support this project. Any little amount makes a positive difference in a vulnerable child’s life and it’s highly appreciated. Cheerful Hearts Foundation team promise all donors that we will make sure every single dollar is used to support these children and their communities in an effective and efficient manner.
We sincerely thank you all for your wonderful and generous support to the less privileged children, their communities and the organization. We ask for more blessings in your life and in everything that you do this Year 2014!
Cheerful Hearts Foundation Team
Emmanuel after being sponsored to school
Joseph before being sponsored
Joseph after being sponsored to school
Alimatu before being sponsored
Alimatu after being sponsored
some newly rescued kids very excited in school
children working at the shore..lets unite to help