Growing up, Hannah’s parents struggled to support her and her six siblings. But with the help of her Compassion center, Hannah was able to stay in school and pursue vocational training in fashion design, breaking the cycle of poverty in her family.
As one of seven children, Hannah had a vision — a vision to break the cycle of poverty for her family. From an early age, she recognized that her vision could be realized with the help of her church-based Compassion center in Ghana.
“If it had not been for the center, I would have dropped out of school after the primary level,” Hannah says. “My father did not have the means to pay for me to go farther, but the center paid for my school fees and supplies until I completed high school. I realized that my future depended on the center, and I did not take that for granted.”
Hannah is the second-oldest in her family. She has three sisters and three brothers. Her father works very hard as a laborer, leaving early in the morning and returning late at night, yet his income still doesn't cover the family’s basic needs. Her mother has health issues and is unable to work.
Because of her family’s challenges, Hannah cherished the relationships she had with the volunteers and staff at her Compassion center. Unlike the teachers at her public school, the teachers at the center were friendly and caring, paying special attention to Hannah’s needs. She looked to them for counseling, spiritual guidance and encouragement. When she was young, Saturday activities at her Compassion center were a special treat for Hannah. She loved to play, listen to Bible stories, sing and eat nutritious meals.
Even after completing secondary school, the center continued to help Hannah work toward her vision of a poverty-free life by providing her the opportunity to obtain vocational training in a three-year fashion design program. She was provided with room and board at the school, as well as the supplies needed for her course of study.
Before she even completed the program, Hannah started earning an income from mending and altering clothes. When she graduated, she was provided with the equipment to start her own business.
Today, it’s only been a year since Hannah finished the fashion design program, but her skills have already gained widespread acclaim. More importantly, at age 23, Hannah is making enough money to care not only for her own needs but also for the needs of her family.
“Now I don’t suffer from the lack of money,” she says. “I have enough to do all I want to do and buy anything I need. I am able to purchase food for my family, and I even give my father money sometimes. I also provide for my three younger brothers and my sister’s baby.”
As a responsible and self-sufficient young adult, Hannah has achieved her vision of freedom from poverty, crediting her Compassion center for her success. The center’s director, Annette, is grateful for the generosity of faithful donors like you that makes stories like Hannah’s possible.
“The church is grateful to our sponsors and donors,” Annette says. “With their support, the church is making a life-changing impact in the lives of our children.”
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