In Christ’s approach, a maternal orphan is a child whose mother has died. A
The Ocansey/Damey Family
Madam Majorie Ocansey, a widow and six of her 8 children who are all orphans.
The Essel Family
Madam Mary Essel, a widow with six grandchildren (one disabled), all orphans. Madam Essel buys and sells fish at the Tema Harbour. It is through this job that she was able to take care of her grandchildren’s school fees, feeding, transportation, school supplies etc. Often times, she would get the fish on credit, sell and pay back her debt. She in turn has some customers whom she also sold the fish to on credit. These particular two customers of hers had built a reputation and trust over the years, buying fish on credit and settling in due course. A few months back, however, these two customers placed a large order of about $2,000 (roughly Gh₵ 10,000) on credit and have both disappeared, since then.
Since Madam Essel has to pay back the owners of the fish, reluctantly, she had to let five of her orphaned grandchildren quit school as she could no longer afford their school fees, transport etc.
Upon hearing Madam Essel’s story, Christ Shining Light Chapel came to her rescue with weekly remittances for transportation, food and school supplies for the grandchildren. The grandchildren orphans are back in school.
Meet the Essel family: From bottom left, Godfred Kwao, 6 years old, class 2; Grandma Mary Essel, sitting, middle front; Bernedicta Bentil, 19 years old, SHS 3, front right, standing; Bridget Bentil, 14 years old, JHS 2, left, standing; Evelyn Bentil, 12 years old, class 6, second from left, standing; Emmanuel Okyere, 15 years old and autistic, class 6, standing, right back.