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Moses

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A determined, disciplined man, who devotes his live - in the name of God- to helping others.

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Moses was born in Bolgatanga, a poor region in the North of Ghana. “My life as a child wasn’t easy. The whole family slept in one room, that was all the space we had. The one eating quickest, would eat most."

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He still visits his birth-ground very often. To help the community and to visit his stephmother.







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At the age of 10, Moses already asked his father if he would allow him to believe in his own God and turn Christian. As his father had no explanation for Moses' half-brothers to die at an early age, his father approved.

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Now, whenever Moses returns to the region, he helps the community by bringing food, some money, prayers and a skilful ear to listen to the people.

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The school he used to go to, is still here and children are still being taught there. Classes are sometimes filled with over 45 children.

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Meeting the teachers, Moses makes an effort to explain to them it shouldn't be common practice to punish children by hitting them with a cane. "God would want them to talk instead."

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Meeting the children, he preaches to them about the importance of school and prayer, how they should be kind to each other and how they have a huge responsibility having this opportunity to study.

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Moses had to walk an hour to get to this school. But - as the school had a great reputation - it was worth it. Seeing how his old school has deteriorated, breaks his heart. 

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In Middle-West Ghana - the area where Moses lives now - he helps out some of the poor communities in the areas around the city. 

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He listens to their needs and prays with the community. He advises people what to do whenever he can.


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As most families have no exces to health care, he regularly provides medicines to deworm children and help the sick.

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And in a rare occasion, a complete family, is supported with a new home as the house they used to live in, was in a horrible state.

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The children are supported to go to school and are regularly provided with clothes. Every month they can collect some food as well.

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When Moses met his wife Mariette, they decided to start a children home together and called it Hanukkah (dedication). Both having lots of experience as volunteers, they found that this part of Ghana was in desperate need of such care.

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At the moment Hanukkah has 45 children living in the house, but by now they have helped over 200 children that already have left the house again. As they believe children should be raised by family, they try to facilitate just that whenever they can.

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There are over 20 people working at Hanukkah; Security, cooks, mama's, washing ladies and teachers.

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Hanukkah is a refuge for every body in need. The children home also provides for a few children with a physical handicap. These children and their family have a hard time finding a school which would accept them.

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That's why Moses and Mariette founded the 'Circle of life' school, right opposite of Hanukkah. Not only children of Hanukkah go there, but other children from this area are welcomed in this school.

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Every morning all children pray before going to class. At the moment it's a primary- and secondary school, but there are plans to also start a Highschool as well.

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At school there is room to play, to learn and to make friends. The most important thing is that it is inclusive, meaning every child can come here for an education. 

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That way a handicapped child - like for example Lucas, who was born with a spina bifida - can go to a normal school and play with his peers. 

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