40-year-old widow, popularly called ‘Odo Bayere’ considered committing suicide to end her struggles in life. Since her husband died four years ago, she has gone through thorns in life with her six children.
The poor widow and her children do not have a decent place to lay their head. She says this has been a major challenge because they sleep in the open in a carpentry shop. Hence, her children have dispersed to find refuge somewhere else.
“I have never rented a room. We were living in an uncompleted building as care takers but after they bought the house I haven’t slept in a room.” She told crimecheckghana.
‘Odo Bayere’ known by her neighbors due to the yam and plantain she sells, said the only kiosk she sleeps in leaks whenever it rains. She said the man she met and through whom she lives in the kiosk is also driving her out because she refuses to sleep with him.
“I sleep in a carpentry shop with my six children. Because of hardship the children have dispersed. When it rains we stand till the rain stops because the kiosk gets flooded. I cook behind the place I sell and also take my bath at the same place. I met a drunkard through whom I sleep in this kiosk. He is ejecting me I refuse to sleep with him.” She said.
She said her business which she does on credit is also collapsing because of the huge debt she has incurred.
A neighbor, who happens to know a lot about her plight said ever since she had known the woman for over a decade, she had not lived in a room.
“We buy our food items from her. She lived as a care taker in a uncompleted building but after it was sold she has been homeless. She does not have a place to lay her head since I have known her. It is true that she has never slept in a room. I have even given birth and my child is 6 years old now.” She narrated.
Crime Check Foundation, CCF through the contributions of three of its UK based donors, a religious group, , Angela Owusu and Vida Laryea gave the struggling widow One Thousand and Forty-Four Ghana Cedis.
After receiving the money, she knelt down and thanked the contributors. “Thank you. God bless you.” She said.
CCF’s Charity Series is used to seek support for struggling individuals.