These are just a few pictures of the children from Beacon House Orphanage where we visited in December. For many of these childredn it was Beacon House or death because of medical conditions or mental disabilities. Most orphanages are not run by people capable or willing to try and help children with HIV, Aids, Autism or who are blind. Beacon House is responsible for rescuing many of these children from unimaginably hazardous situations. Some were used to crawl down mining shafts to light dynamite and then do their best to get back to the surface before it blew. Others resorted to prostitution in order to feed their younger siblings after their parents died. One was even chained to a tree and left to die because his family and village did not fully understand his mental handicaps and that they weren’t a curse nor bad omen. There were no happy beginnings for these children but some how they maintain the biggest of smiles and heartiest of laughs now.
Some of our group spent time reading with the children because they never wanted to stop reading, but I’m sure it was more about the close time with new interesting people. I was able to sneak in a few stories in the afternoons. But I spent most of my time in Ghana at the property that you can see above. They were forced to buy new land (with money meant to take care of the children) because they are being forced out of the home you see above by a landlord who would rather turn a profit in an upcoming urban neighborhood. The small blue building in the background is a chicken house we sponsored to help provide eggs and meat for the children. And you see us digging and planting some of the 30 fruit trees that we placed along the perimeter of their unfinished wall. Without help and a small miracle, these kids will be without a home before next Christmas and the hundreds of kids that they help who live off site will suffer as well. It’s amazing to spend 200 hundred dollars to sponsor a child’s food, schooling and medical needs for a year ( http://beaconhouseghana.org/ ) but if you can’t donate what you feel like donating above (min of 8 dollars) and I’ll send you a handmade beanie as a thank you!