Rita and family

Rita’s story

8th February 2022 | Blog

Rita lives with her four children in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

Illiteracy and teenage pregnancy are all too common in Jamestown and many children end up working on the streets to help their families make ends meet. Here Rita shares how books you help to send are helping her children to stay off the streets and get the education they have a right to:

“There are lots of challenges as a mother in Jamestown. It’s not safe here and especially not for children. But I have lived here all my life and I don’t have anywhere else to go. To support my children I sell condensed milk toffee in the streets. I didn’t get the opportunity to go to school as a child – I can’t read or write.

That’s why I feel really happy when I see my 14 year old daughter Mary reading. She is very serious about her education, she walks on her own to school for an hour every day and always studies at home.

When I see Mary reading, it gives me hope that she won’t have the same future as me.

Mary reading at school
Rita’s daughter, Mary

It’s really important for the children to have books. I just want them to have a better chance than me. Since going to the library, Mary is more confident and can speak English really well. It makes me so happy. I really want her to be a prominent person in the future. After school, Mary reads books at the Library in Jamestown. I don’t have any money so I can’t buy books for my children. I am so happy my children get to read books in the library.

We want our children to go far and not be in this situation their whole life.

They can achieve this through reading books and education. Please keep helping Book Aid International to send more books!

Through our partnership with Street Children Empowerment Foundation (SCEF) and only made possible through the donations of supporters like you, children in Jamestown now have access to over 2,000 brand new books in the library.