So just in case you didn’t know, I started Friday Born Designs to raise money for Bless the Children International Home, a home for orphans and abandoned children in Kwahu, Ghana. I made the first donation in 2012, and last month I went to make the second!
I was first introduced to the orphanage in the summer of 2011 when my parents made a donation to them on behalf of my dad’s Church in Kuwait (where he was working at the time). Then at the beginning of 2012 I had the idea of making and selling bow ties so that I could donate some money to them that coming summer, but then it all kinda spiralled out of control and I ended up starting a whole clothing line!
It’s always great going there, some of the kids have been there since I first visited the Home in 2011, so it’s really nice seeing them again. Others have been adopted or have united with family members, so it’s nice to hear those stories too. Then of course there’s always a new set of cute kids to meet!
Last year I bought them essentials such as rice, sugar, soap, cooking oil etc. and donated a sum of money for them to develop the IT centre they were building. The centre looks really good now. It’s run by the older kids as an internet cafe, so it provides some revenue for the Home and it gives the children the opportunity to learn about IT.
This year they asked for a water tank, because the water flow to their area is really unreliable. So on days where the central water supply is switched off, the children have to go to the local well to fetch water in the morning before school, which is obviously not ideal. So about half of the money I had raised this year went towards the water tank and its installation, and the rest of the money was used to buy them essentials, like last year.
After presenting the donation, we all went down to my parents’ home town, Nkawkaw, which is one of the bigger towns in Kwahu. My dad runs a charity named Capstone Ministries and so in collaboration with them, we put on a Christmas party for the children from Bless the Children International Home and the children around the area. I cannot even begin to describe how much fun it was! Word got around quickly and we had around 200 children in total, I think.
As you may or may not already know, Ghanaian kids can dance! It’s not even a joke.
So really the point of this post is to thank everyone who has ever ordered Friday Born Designs item, or has asked me to participate in a fashion show, or to style, and for every time one of you has retweeted a tweet, liked a picture or shared a post. All your encouragement doesn’t go unnoticed!
With love, Afua x