From a street child to a politician, that is the story of MP for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu who was among the lot that was catered for many years ago at the Village of Hope.
Mr Sosu lost his parents at an early age and was left to fend for himself and his siblings.
In an interview with JoyNews, he revealed he had to spend most nights sleeping in kiosks at the Malam Atta market.
“My mother was a slave girl because she was what we call a ‘vodushi’ or a ‘trokoshi’. She escaped from the voodoo shrine as a teenager and got married to my dad and both of them gave birth to six of us. I being the third born, had to just struggle my way to be able to make it. I used to sleep at the Malam Atta market, and I would go there sleep there and still go to school the following day.”
The Village of Hope was Francis Xavier’s saviour when they took up the full cost of his education after years of struggling.
“Village of hope came in at the senior high school. At the senior high school apart from the first admission fee I paid, I wasn’t able to pay for any more school fees for all the three years I was there. So they awarded me a full scholarship to go to school.”
The Village of Hope has been home to many abandoned, homeless and vulnerable children since its establishment in 1996.
For many years, it offered these children a roof over their heads, quality education, and a renewed hope of a brighter future.
At the organisation’s 25th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, many people, like Mr Sosu shared their stories to encourage children who are still at the center.
Solomon Obiri Yeboah was one of them. Today, he is the only craniofacial surgeon in all of West Africa. He shared his story in an interview with JoyNews.
“It all started in 1997 when my mother died. At that time I was in the medical School second year and when that happened I needed to take care of all my sisters and take care of myself as well so it was actually a struggle.
And because of that I actually failed and was repeated during that class. Life was still very difficult for me in those days and in my third year, I was repeated again. The village of hope paid my school fees from 2001 till I completed medical school.”
Group Managing Director of the organization Fred Asare explained the vision of the Village of Hope.
“Our vision is to provide a world-class institution that provides the best of care for needy people especially children.”