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11-04-2012 - Joseph might go back to his family
Hanukkah will forever remain some children’s home. However, we are happy to see that more and more children are able to go back to their families after some time. This is now the case for Joseph.
Joseph was brought to Hanukkah when he was just a few weeks old. His mother had passed away and his father has not been in the picture since a long time. Since his mom died, he was only given porridge instead of milk. He did not grow well and was sick very often. His family comes from a village near Sunyani and was afraid they would not be able to provide the care that he needed. In Hanukkah too, he has been sick very often and we have frequently sat beside his hospital bed. He has been examined in hospitals in Sunyani and Accra, but no chronic disease has ever been found. Thanks to the appropriate (medical) care, food and a lot of attention, he was doing better and better.
Joseph is now going to school, together with his great friend Joshua, and he seems to have overgrown his health problems. When his aunt and other family members proposed to take care of him again, Mariette, Moses and the Social Welfare agreed. It is very difficult to let children go after years of love and care, but Hanukkah believes a family is very important for any child. When Mariëtte encouraged Joseph’s family, during their meeting, to take good care of him, his aunt got tears in her eyes and promised to do that. She was very grateful and said that Joseph would always be Mariëtte’s son.
We have now arranged that Joseph will go to his family to see if it works out well, in the first break to come. If that is the case he will permanently go back to his family after the summer holidays, so that he can finish his year at the Golden Intellectual’s School in Sunyani. Fortunately enough, his family does not live very far from the children’s home, so Mariette and Moses are close enough to make the transition a smooth one. Joseph will always remain part of the Hanukkah family and we thus hope that he will keep coming back for the holidays.