Today is Kofi’s birthday. He’s fifteen today. Kofi was not born this way, no one knows what may have caused him to be autistic after five years or so. He loved to be in the methodist brigade as a drummer. He’s the third of four children. Both parents passed on and the kids were left with their grandmother. Unfortunately, the grandmother also passed on leaving the four kids with no one to take care of them.
The woman in the picture is who I choose to celebrate. She is the Sunday school teacher of the kids at a methodist church in Kumasi. She has six kids of her own and the husband, for fifteen years is nowhere to be found. She sells eggs and the most she’s able to afford is thirty crates. Added to that, she’s the cleaner for their church and earns 200 cedis a month.
This woman has six kids and with her meagre earnings adopted these four kids in addition to Kofi the autistic child. What a sacrifice. Her issue was brought to my attention to help the autistic child and upon an interview revealed that it’s not even her child let alone knowing there are ten children in all she’s taking care of? In Deuteronomy 15:7 we are told: “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. We have taken over her life.
We will set her up with a decent business. She will never lack food. We will enrol Kofi in a special school. We don’t need much to help others.
Let’s celebrate this woman, she’s worth celebrating.