#FastForGhana...Raising money for Angels of Hope orphanage.
Coupe  with a child from the Angels of Hope orphanage

Coupe with a child from the Angels of Hope orphanage

Fast for Ghana (https://www.gofundme.com/fast-for-ghana)

Today I begin my #fastforGhana supporting my good friend Coupe who is on Day 11 of his water-fast to raise money for the Angels of Hope Orphanage in a small town called Twarka, South Ghana. I will be giving daily updates on my Instagram story. If you’re unable to donate you can still support by reposting the picture to help raise awareness. Life carries on as usual so I will still be training clients as well as continuing training myself. To all those who donate and/or spread the message, thank you, thank you, thank you! £4,785 has been raised so far. Let’s get at least £6,000! Some will say there are other ways to raise money and that’s true but here’s the thing…the children we are raising money for are eating poor quality food which for them is still luxury. The fact we have options everyday to live a healthy lifestyle and some choose not to shows how spoilt we are. That’s the truth. Fortunately for me and most living in the western world, not eating for controlled fasting reasons can have positive effects on our body. We are in a situation where not eating for a period of time can cleanse our body and benefit us! Think about that. I choose to do this water-fast in solidarity with Ghana and Coupe’s cause. I will raise money fasting so those without can eat.

One of the children from the Angels of Hope orphanage

One of the children from the Angels of Hope orphanage

Below describes the cause in more detail from the Go Fund Me page (https://www.gofundme.com/fast-for-ghana):

Angels of Hope is an orphanage located in a small town called Twarka, in the south of Ghana. 

It is the only active orphanage in the area. 

Victoria Bekye, lovingly known as Aunty Esi amongst the children, is the woman who has solely taken responsibility of Angels of Hope. She currently looks after 57 children and counting all on her own!

Most of the children who live at Angels of Hope are under the age of 4-years-old and are discovered on the streets, in the bush, or in the nearby forest, totally abandoned by their parents. 

Medicine in Ghana is expensive, but most of these innocent children need some form of treatment after being left, sometimes for weeks, in these traumatic situations. 

Most children have been physically beaten by the parents who abandoned them or bitten by insects and other predators before and after their abandonment. 

Aunty Esi has managed to provide all of these children with food and medicine and has even put 27 of the older children into private school by selling her own house and personal possessions. 

I'm thankful for women like Aunty Esi who put their lives aside to help others and because of this I want to assist her with feeding the children. 

When I was there in June of this year, I noticed how poor the quality of the food is that the children consume. At breakfast, they all eat processed bread rolls with cups of soda just because it is what is thought to be most affordable! 

Ghanas climate is tropical and it's soil is rich and anything from mangos, coconuts, and bananas to plantain, cashew, and sweet potatoes can be easily grown there. 

There is no reason the children should be consuming a nutritionally deficient diet and continuing to live undernourished and, furthermore, no reason Aunty Esi should be struggling to afford to feed the children on her limited funds. 

My plan is to hire farmers to use Aunty Esi's land where Angels of Hope is located and to teach the children how to grow and harvest their own fruit and vegetables so they don't have to depend on foods which are leaving them hungry and further causing them illnesses. 

I would also like to purchase more wardrobes and dressers for their clothes, build bunk beds and purchase new mattresses, and also purchase more cribs, because right now, 2 children share every 1 crib and other children simply sleep on the floor.

Coupe outside the Angels of Hope orphanage

Coupe outside the Angels of Hope orphanage