I first met Doris and Mawutor in person on my January 2015 trip to Ghana. Many of you have heard my personal testimony about how the Lord used these two little blind girls to bring me face to face with the season of apathy that I was in. I know what it's like to avoid situations of suffering because you don't want to let in anymore pain. I know what it's like to experience your heart atrophy as you stop caring and stop participating in the things that God cares about in order to self-protect. Yet I also know that God works in upside down ways. And Doris and Mawutor became the springboard of me learning that the way through my own pain and struggle was to reach out to someone else's in theirs. So to say that Doris and Mawutor are part of my heart's story is an understatement. They are the vessels the Lord used to bring the dead, uncaring, unresponsive areas of my heart to life.
Doris and Mawutor are fatherless, their mother a single-mom. Between other siblings and cousins we are told there are 12 people total in this family that their mother is responsible for caring for including herself. For over two years now Acts 2 Collective has sponsored this family so that Doris and Mawutor can go to school and have their basic needs met. Recently we were presented with a big need for this family through our ministry partner, Vida, who oversees our sponsorship in-country. The structure this family is currently living in has not stood up under the heavy rainy season experienced this year. Their home is no longer sustainable and Vida (pictured in the red t-shirt below) has requested if Acts 2 Collective can build this family a new home.
The family's current home. Doris and Mawutor's mother is pictured in the skirt on the left with some of her other children....
We would love to build them a new home. But we need to raise the funds to do so. We don't currently have the finances to cover this. So I'm asking if you would be a part of making this happen? For $10? I'm asking for 500 people to give $10 so that we can give Doris and Mawutor, their mother, siblings, and family a home for Christmas.
Vida who oversees our sponsorship of the family in-country is pictured here with some of the family members. Doris is in the purple on the floor and Mawutor is sitting to the left of Vida. Their mother is sitting to the right of Vida.
The cost breakdown for materials is listed below. This will be a 3 bedroom home to fit the whole family. You can donate online at https://acts2collective.cloverdonations.com/donation/ When donating please select 'Acts 2 Collective General Fund' for the account. And once you are entering in your contact info on the form please type 'A Home for Christmas' in the Organization section under your name. Or you can mail a check to the donation address listed in the sidebar of this blog. Checks can be made out to Acts 2 Collective and note 'A Home for Christmas' in the memo.
ESTIMATED BUDGET OF THE BUILDING FOR MAWUTOR AND DORIS:
1. Bricks, laying of bricks, plastering, screeding, materials and Labour for 3 bed-room =
2. Roofing materials and Labour = Gh¢ 8,828
3. Paint and Labour = Gh¢ 860
Grand Total = Gh¢ 18,328 equiv: $5000 U.S.
The girls registering for school...
Mawutor in her classroom.