Evangelist and founder of the Royal Seed Home in Kasoa, Naomi Esi Arku Amoah, is one of the many nominees of this year's MTN Heroes of Change season IV edition.
The 42-year-old through her project has catered for over 100 street children; some of whom were abandoned as babies.
She also supports children with special needs.
Thousands of selfless people are doing amazing things in communities across Ghana. The MTN 'Heroes of Change' project seeks to unearth and celebrate these people.
The program will identify, celebrate and support the contribution of these heroes and heroines who are playing diverse roles in the development of our society.
According to her, she established Royal Seed home to bring up a needy or homeless child to become a great person in future.
"I take in homeless and needy children and give them a future. I have children from a month old to 22 years who don’t know their families nor can trace them.
"Most of them are young kids and babies who were picked up from bushes and refuse dumps and brought to me. Some of those that bring them never show up again to check up on them," she said.
She said the children become her sole responsibilities until they are of working age and are assured of a good future.
How do you fund the project?
"In the beginning, my mother sold her belongings and properties to support the vision, but now, I fund this project all by myself. I don’t do any other work than to evangelise on the streets; what I make from there is what I use to take care of the kids.
"I also roam about pleading with people to help when the kids are sick and have surgeries to be done. This project has survived only by God’s grace and I thank God no kid has lost his or her life under my care," she added.
What challenges have you faced
Mrs Amoah said they experience very bad electricity problem and the children, as well as other visitors, get threatened since there is no power on the paths from town to the home.
"A good Samaritan bought a bus for us from the UK and exported it to us for orphanage use, which is to carry the kids to school and church, then back.
"Though I was not supposed to pay anything at the port for the bus, the officials at the port insisted I give them something, which was ¢26,000 or else there were going to auction it.
"They auctioned it and insisted my donor gives them the documents to the bus which he refused to date," she added.
According to her, she said the children have no option but to walk over two and half hours before they get to school.
The MTN Heroes of Change season VI series currently airs on Adom TV on Saturdays at 7:30 pm as well as several media platforms including GTV every Sunday at 5:00 pm; TV3 on Saturdays at 4:00 pm.
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