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From: theavan den bosch <email@example.com>
Subject: GODS WAYS ORPHANAGE HOME AND LESS PRIVILEGE
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 11:39:25 +0000 (07:39 EDT)
GODS WAYS ORPHANAGE HOME AND LESS PRIVILEGE:
received your mail and even the person from Ghana that introduce you to
us,god almighty will grant you and Mr.Nana your needs in the name of
Jesus.Amen. God`s ways Orphanage Home is located in Amasaman in the
central city of Accra region of the impoverished country of Ghana.
in February 2007 the orphanage is now home to more than 60 orphaned and
less fortunate children in the area. Referred to in Ghana as leftovers
some of the children now living at the orphanage had simply been left
to live in the streets. Providing the children with food, shelter,
clothing, and an education, all in a loving Christian environment the
orphanage has given each of them a safe alternative to living in the
streets where many of them probably would have died...
is Mrs. Theavan Den Bosch, I was born in a small village near St.
Michel in Amasaman in Ghana. I am a graduate of Amsaman community
school. The Diocese of Methodist Church, sponsored my studies. In
February 2007, I founded an orphanage, which now has sixty children.
The orphanage is located in Amasaman, the capital city of the Ghana
Central. I would like to talk about myself and what led me to start an
I grew up in rural Ghana. My father was a poor
gardener and my parents separated when I was four years old. They had
six children, but three of them died during infancy. The three of us
who survived stayed with my father. My father is the greatest man I
have ever known. When my mother was with us, things were better, but
after she left, my father had to do everything to take care of us. He
fed us and took us to the doctor when we were sick. Even so, my brother
died when he was twelve years old because he was anemic and my father
could not afford medication for him. Only my sister and I were left. We
lived in a shack covered with straw and walls made of wood strips and
mud, which at this time, was common in the countryside.
my father decided either my sister or myself should go to school. He
could not afford to send both of us to school, and it was decided that
my sister would stay home. It is quite common in Ghana for the girls to
stay home when parents cannot send all the children to school. Finally,
I went to school with my uniform, notebook, and pencil.
father worked hard but he was not good at business. He could not even
count money and people always took advantage of him. My father worked
everyday in two gardens. He would wake up at five in the morning and go
to someone's garden to work for three hours. He received some money
each day. Before he went to his own little garden, he brought the money
to us so we could buy something to cook. We usually had one poor meal
per day, which we ate at the end of the day so that we did not go to
bed with an empty stomach. Sometimes, my father was invited to be a
crew worker on - a group of men who work on a farm for half a day, and
in return, receive a big meal. My father never ate at the farm. In
fact, he left before the meal was ready so that they would bring hi the
food at home. That way we could all share the food. This would be our
only meal for the day but it was more than usual and we were grateful.
years later, my mother came back and took my sister while my father was
at work. She lived so far away from us that my father could do nothing
to get her back. I refused to go because I was angry with her for what
she had done to my father.
After my sister left, I was the only
child at home and I had to prepare the meal and do all the chores.
First I went to school hungry, walking two hours to school and two
hours back home. Sometimes I took a piece of sugar cane for my
breakfast and lunch. School started at 8:00 am and finished at 4:00 pm.
This continued for eleven years until I was twenty years old. I was
five years older than most of my classmates. I had to leave my native
zone and find another place to continue with school because the school
in St. Michel did not offer the last four years. Leaving my hometown
would have been absolutely impossible if my sister had not married a
man who lived in another side. They owned a little shelter with palm
strips and a thatched roof. I figured at least if I went there, I would
not have to pay for rent or food. Finally, after the fourth year of
secondary school I went to Another place to continue with school. My
situation was nearly the same except I could go to school most of the
time without a uniform. I had no friends and my classmates made fun of
me because I was "the poor boy from the country." They made fun of me
because of the way I dressed, the way I looked, and because I was not
from the city. My sister and her husband had to go to the countryside
outside of Ghana for months at a time to work and feed themselves and
their children because they were starving and could find nothing in the
city. During these times I was alone and my father could not help and I
missed him dearly. Sometimes when I came back from school I would walk
two or three hours to find my sister, thinking maybe we could share a
meal. Sometimes she found something for us, but often it was a wasted
trip for me. But just seeing each other brought a lot of comfort and
made us feel relieved.
What a blessing! How did it all
happen? Like many other people that I know, I could have just dropped
out of school, but I succeeded. For this I thank God, my father, and
all the others, who in one way or another, contributed to my miraculous
success. I could be living the way my father did, scraping nothing from
the land, but my life is infinitely better materially and I have the
opportunity to share the gifts of the spirit my father gave me with
It was established with the long term goals to continue
to grow and provide for the less fortunate children of Ghana. Much has
been accomplished in the past few years including the construction of
additional living quarters for the boys, guest quarters for volunteers,
the opening of the girls campus and dorm, opening the on-site clinic,
hiring of additional staff and more. While much has been accomplished,
we still must contend with many day to day obstacles and immediate
needs here at the orphanage. We must maintain an ample supply of food,
clean water, clothing, personal hygiene items, school supplies and
more. Some of the goals will take time to achieve, but they are all
achievable. To continue providing the children with the care they need
and deserve we need your help. Below are some of the more immediate
needs God`s Ways Orphanage currently faces.
1.With the new
school building completed the more than 60 children living at the
orphanage are now able to attend classes in a safe, quite, more
controlled atmosphere. The building also provided enough classroom
space to allow us to offer nearly 250 additional children from the
village of Amasaman to attend classes as well. However with more
children now attending school at the orphanage, items like text books
(in French), pens, pencils, composition books, art paints, compasses
and protractors for geometry, rulers, and other school supplies for the
students always seem to be in short supply. Sometimes there just is not
enough to go around. We are also always in need of many teachers
materials (in French language).
2.Another item that is needed is
a DVD Multimedia Projector. This would not only serve as a tool for the
teachers during classes, but also allow the children to enjoy an
occasional movie in a group setting.
3.Another project funds are
needed for is a reservoir or holding tank system to store fresh water
that is used for laundry, cooking, showers, and filtering for drinking.
the main source of power at the orphanage is a generator, energy
efficiency practices are a must. One way this is accomplished is by
using energy efficient CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lighting) where ever
possible. The problem is that these bulbs are often hard to come by in
here and when they are available, they can be very expensive. So CFL
bulbs are needed.
5.Common medicines are always greatly needed.
Things that many in other parts of the world often take for granted
like aspirin, cold medicines, antibiotic creams and bandages can be
hard to come by in Ghana. With such a large number of children there is
always a cut or scrape that needs tending. Even the more common over
the counter medications when available at the local clinic are often
well beyond their posted shelf life.
6.Shoes (especially men
sizes 6-10) and sandals are another item that is often needed. I am
sure that anyone with children can appreciate what it must be like
trying to keep this many growing children in footwear! If they are not
growing out of them, they simply wear them out.
shoes there is of course always a need for basic clothing such as
pants, shirts, underwear, etc. Trying to keep over one-hundred growing
children in clothing is a major task in itself and clothing always
seems to be in short supply. While we sometimes have offers from afar
to donate some of these items, getting them to the orphanage presents a
whole new issue. Often the cost of shipping items of this type will
exceed the value of the items and for this reason, though we are happy
to accept donations of clothing it is usually recommended and more
economical for those wanting to help to instead make a monetary
donation to the orphanage operating fund. This allows Me to then
purchase the clothing items locally, not only providing more clothing
for the same cost, but also helping others in the area by providing
business for the local merchants.
8.Some computer equipment had
been donated in the past allowing computer training to be added to the
classes in the new school. Many of these systems are extremely slow and
outdated so we are hoping to acquire additional and more up to date
computer equipment as well as (french language) software. Power filters
are also needed for the computer lab to help prevent damage to the
systems during the frequent power outages and surges.
girls dorm is now open and this has added the need for girls clothing
items as well as items to stock and furnish their dorm.
are also the more obvious needs. Things that many may take for granted
are often a precious commodity in Ghana and often in very short supply
at the orphanage. Things like toilet paper and other personal hygiene
items such as soap, toothpaste and shampoo. There is also always a need
for brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
sometimes receive offers from afar to donate some of the needed items.
However as mentioned above, getting items to the orphanage can present
a whole new issue. Because of the orphanages remote location the
logistics and cost of shipping the items will in most cases exceed the
value of the items being sent. In those cases though we are of course
happy to accept the donated items we may often recommend in such cases
that those wanting to help instead make a monetary donation to the
orphanage operating fund. This allows Me to purchase such items locally
which not only provides more for the same cost, but also helps others
in the area by providing business for the local merchants. Of course
there are also cases where certain types of items may not be available
locally or may be quite expensive in Ghana. In these cases we of course
have to ask for the item to be send to the orphanage and will provide
any information needed to help find the least expensive method.
you and god bless you,we will be waiting to hear from you.You can as
well see the pictures... Kindly response to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs.Theavan Den Bosch.
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