Richard was born in Bobekuma in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Richard’s family moved to Accra in hopes of a better life outside of the village. The family had very little money so was forced to moved to an area called Sweduro this is a well known slum in Accra that has a large amount of violence and drugs. Richard lived their with his mother, father and four siblings. Richard’s mother and father both sell second hand clothes and were not able to attend school themselves.
Richard’s neighborhood became worse overtime. Due to the level of drugs, violence and finance troubles, Richard’s parents had him stop schooling for two years. Richard’s parents were desperate for a better life for their son so they sent him to live with his uncle in a better area. Richard’s uncle graciously took Richard in and began raising him as his own son. Richard’s uncle is a weaver who does everything that he can to ensure that Richard is receiving an education. There is often no money in the house for extra things so Richard must walk the hour and a half to school and not take money with him for food. Richard is determined about his education and never complains because he knows that with education comes a better life.
How you can help- For $500/year or $42/month, you will support sending Richard to school, paying for books, tuition, extra class fees, food, school supplies, housing essentials, family support, and mentoring. Your donation will change the course of Richard’s life pushing her to one day reach her goal of becoming a soldier and leader in her own community.