The Ripley Foundation (a registered NGO in Ghana, dedicated to family preservation and orphan care) has taken on their first "Change a Life" grant recipient! They need your help to make dreams into reality.
"D" is a single mom to six children in Ghana. Her husband abandoned her and the children many months ago. The live in one room, with no bathing or toileting facilities. "D" has no job. She begs each day, trying to put foods into the mouths of her children. Two of her six children currently have educational sponsors through AAI/TRF, and four are still hoping for sponsors. All of the kids are in school now, but that could change without ongoing sponsors. [You can donate HERE and mark "Ghana sponsorship program" if you'd like to sponsor one of the children's education for $35 a month.]
The thing is, "D" doesn't want to live like this. She wants better for her family. Sponsorship is not a long-term solution. "D" dreams of learning to sew. With the skill of seamstress in Ghana she can make a decent living mending clothes, sewing uniforms, and sewing simple dresses for those in her community.
"D" has been a good mother to her children--making sure they attend school daily. She is a hard worker who is simply without a marketable skill! TRF has arranged for "D" to go to a six month intensive sewing school. At the end of six months she will be able to start her own business and dig her family out of their current very vulnerable position. The rent for their little one room apartment is due in November. Her goal is to pay her own rent.
$500 would provide "D" with everything she needs to attend the sewing school and start her business. This includes tuition, a sewing machine, transportation and a meal each day (2 cedis), thread, a measuring tape, marking chalks, scissors, and a bit of cloth.
If you are interested in changing a life (7, actually!!!) you can make a tax deductible donation HERE. Maybe there is one person able to make this happen for "D?" Maybe there are 5 who can give $100. Or maybe there are 100 who can give $5? It all counts and every penny will go directly to this deserving mom's future career. There are NO administrative costs taken out. Just designiate, "Ghana--Change a Life Project" on the donation page!
[In case you're wondering, there are many women like "D", who could support their children if only they had a marketable skill like sewing or catering. There are two more women already waiting for this opportunity with TRF. There are no shortage of vulnerable families in Ghana. Fortunately, there is also no shortage of opportunity, if only the funds are there!]