I am reminded every day as I do my work in a developing country how much there is to be thankful for.
I am grateful to the 28 beautiful children at Ryvanz-Mia Orphanage who changed my life when I took my niece to Ghana 7 years ago. Those children, still a part of my life today, inspired a vision of hope and opportunity that is Hope for Ghana.
I am grateful to my faithful team that is the heart and soul of Hope for Ghana. My masons, carpenter, electrician, painters, plumber, welder and helpers are the blood, sweat and tears of a mission, building 6 libraries and computer labs and now proudly building Hope for Ghana’s first school. They are my family, and I am inspired to watch them selflessly work to change their communities.
31 years ago I arrived in Ghana as a young medical student, grateful to work with Dr. Marbell in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This man and his family reflected Ghanaian humanity at its finest. Dr. Marbell is the reason I returned to Ghana year after year, and is indirectly the reason I am in Ghana today. Last night Dr. Marbell sadly passed away. His kindness and humility will never be forgotten and will forever be a part of me.
To the hundreds of donors from all over the world who share a vision of a better tomorrow for the children in Ghana, you have changed the lives of children in Ghanaian villages for generations to come. And your love has changed me forever. As the voice of these beautiful children in Ghana I thank you from the bottom of my heart.