Bernard Osei is an 18 year old boy who has actively been with D1:8 since it’s inception in 2017 and loves the Lord with all his heart yet comes from a very struggling family. Had it not been for the wise intervention of his aged grandfather he wouldn't have been able to go to school because his father was unwilling to enroll him in school and that explains why at 18 years he is yet to complete junior high school. Bernard has been battling with eye disease since he was a child and there was no money then to get him treatment. Now his eyes have become so bad that technically one eye is not functioning and needs to wear a highly medicated lens to help him see properly. By the grace of God I supported him securing the glasses for which he is extremely grateful.
This is however just one aspect of Bernard’s ordeal; Since childhood he has been selling “iced water” (cold drinking water) on the streets to support himself and family. When he sells the water he is able to make a daily profit of between 5 and 10 Ghana cedis from which the family feeds and he uses part for school fees and clothes. And is also able to save some in his D1:8 susu box (piggy bank).
Bernard’s mother is not able to handle the expenditure of the household because she only sells cooked eggs and what she makes is not enough to take care of the 6 children and herself and his father brings little money occasionally because he and the Bernard’s mother are no more married.
Doctors now strongly recommend that Bernard stops selling water on the street to prevent more damage to his already failing eyes and his greatest worry is how he is going to take care of expenses pertaining to his schooling, feed himself and support his mother and attend his mandatory hospital check up every 2 years that would require him changing his lenses or even contribute to his D1:8 susu (savings) box which is very important to him.
Bernard needs our prayers for the Lord to heal him completely so he can have his normal life back again and also our financial support to make the weight on him a bit lighter. As a person who works with many young people, I encounter stories like that of Bernard very often and when it is possible I sponsor them personally or through the ministry.
I am personally pleading for you to join me in helping Bernard through this difficult. Your prayer is VERY important likewise any amount you can give daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or one time is very much welcomed.
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