The Next Woman Doctor in the Offing: The Story of Amanda Walters Amanda is a fourteen year old pupil of the University of Cape Coast Junior High School in the Central Region aspiring to be the next woman medical doctor who could help save lives and alleviate the sick and the weary.
This hope could have been averted some years ago when she unfortunately lost the father to the icy hands of death. The immature demise of the father has resulted in her drop out from school for some time because the only source of livelihood which the father left behind to support the family has been ceased from the mother. As if that was not enough, the mother, Nancy Cofie was sacked from the husband’s home, a situation which created so much psychological trauma for the children. Amanda therefore lived at the mercy of philanthropies together with her elder brother, William. It was until this unfortunate condition and situation that the Christian Rural Aid Network (CRAN) intervened to support Amanda and William to have access to formal education, which in effect is the restoration of Amanda’s hopes and aspirations of becoming a renowned doctor. To Amanda and the family, “the support that CRAN gave came as a great relief for the family; it has been a big relief.” To her Aunty, “when William was withdrawn from the scheme due to poor performance, it was a serious headache for us.” This acknowledgement shows that not only does the Child Education Support Scheme (CESS) serves the need of individual student beneficiaries, but the entire family of beneficiaries also get relieved through the assistance as CRAN pays the children’s school fees, provides school materials and stationery and gives out lunch subsidies on daily basis. Born to the late James Walters and Nancy Cofie on 25th April 1997, Amanda Walters believes that supporting the poor and the vulnerable in the society is the best path that could be taken by any well meaning person and organisation so as to make the poor better in the society. She prays that “God should help and always bless my donors for the good work done to support me in school so I could become a better person in future.”