My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Friday, May 18, 2012


I posted a couple days back about one of our student's mother who passed away after a short illness (a couple of months). 
Vincent and his brother, Wisdom, joined our school at the beginning of the year this year.  Vincent, at 8 years of age, and his brother of 5 years, had never attended school before.  Wisdom joined in our our KG1 class (preschool) and began to show immediate progress.  He was a quick learner and enjoyed school.  Vincent was another story.  His abilities were remarkably low.  Because of his age, he was placed in the 2nd grade class, but his teacher had to start at the beginning with him.  Holding a pencil was even a challenge at the beginning.  Writing looked more like drawing pictures.  He had no English skills and he had a difficult time even concentrating in class, making it seem that he was unable to learn or unwilling even.

But, Vincent has made excellent strides.  He's not at grade level, but with the help of special classes and his classroom teacher, he knows all of his letters and sounds, can count, speak in basic conversational English, and he is showing progress if every subject, not proficiency, but definitely progress.

With Vincent's mother gone, his primary caretaker, I am worried about what is in store for him and Wisdom.  I fear that their opportunity for an education might be taken away from them. 

Wisdom is currently sponsored to attend school here at Faith Roots.  Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring Vincent?  It is a $40 a month sponsorship which covers school fees, book fees, and uniform fees.

As time goes on, we might consider doing more to help Vincent's family.  Keep your eyes open for future updates!

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