Somewhere in the middle of a secluded forest in Awutu Senya is a home that provides shelter to many orphaned and abandoned children.
It is Becky’s Foundation, a decade-old home that was started by two passionate teachers.
“This did not start as a foundation, it was something my wife and I were doing to support truant students in our school,” Seth Aseidu, Director of the Foundation said.
Seth and his wife worked as teachers in Awutu Senya a town in the Central Region, the couple after noticing the truancy of some students, especially on market days, decided to investigate the trend.
“We found out that a lot of the children were not coming to school, especially on market days, others too did not have parental care, so we decided to help them”
The couple took in 8 children into their 3-bedroom rented apartment.
After some time, the number increased to 30 children and therefore, had to move to a bigger space
The couple secured an acre of land away from the busy life of the town folks and named the home after an in-law who helped with the children while the couple went to school.
Becky’s foundation sits about 60 kilometers away from Bosuoko, a suburb in Awutu Senya.
It houses 61 children between the ages of 4-21years.
‘Later, we decided to add children from broken homes, single parents because our research revealed that some were been trafficked to the Volta Region to fish ‘he added.
The foundation has 5 teachers.
“One of our children is pursuing nursing at the university,11 others are in various forms in Senior High School and 1 is in a catering school” Aseidu noted.
The foundation owes a 9-unit school block courtesy of Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu before his untimely death
“The 9-unit block has a pre-school, nursery, primary 1 to 6, an ICT lab, and a lavatory. It is left with some finishing work, like fixing louvers, painting, ceiling, wiring, and some furniture. Unfortunately, our main sponsor died through the earthquake that struck Turkey in February” Aseidu added.
Apart from the completion of the school block and the daily expense of running the home, a cogent need of the foundation is the means of transport.
“It is difficult transporting foodstuff, stationaries, or even sick children from here to town, we rely on motorbikes and tricycles,” he said.
The state of the children is not known especially as its main sponsor, Christian Atsu is no more.
“We are hoping God will give us another ‘angel’ like Atsu, however, getting a means of transport is on top of our itinerary now” he added.
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