Jemma met Mabel when she was 14 years old. Mabel was then a malnutritioned and unhappy girl, who wasn't going to school.
She was given up by her parents because they couldn't afford to keep her. So they sent her to live with a rich family in the hope that the family would send her to school. But this didn't happen. Mabel could hardly speak English and suffered from neglect and daily abuse from the family she stayed with. Jemma was put with the family who Mabel served with her gap year organisation.
One night, Mabel fell very ill and suspected it was Malaria. The family would not help Mabel, so Jemma and Mabel spent the entire night travelling around in a taxi looking for an open hospital to treat her. The cost of the Malaria treatment was the equivalent of £2.50.
Jemma went back for Mabel.
Jemma and Mabel are now like sisters. She goes to a fantastic boarding school in Kumasi, where she is learning catering.
Mabel is one of our keys links in Ghana now, she works hard to help us get the money to the right places.
"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an
act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental
human right, the right to dignity and a decent life..."