After years of worrying about school fees and going without pocket money, Hannah Amoako cried tears of joy upon finding out that she had been accepted into the CESS programme where she would receive financial support for her schooling. This sponsorship has brought Hannah and her family tremendous relief.
Hannah comes from a family of eight siblings, whose parents, John and Agnes Amoako, are both mixed crop farmers. With her parents struggling to support all the children, she had to drop out of school at the age of 7. She was also sent to live with an aunt, who sent her back to school, but unfortunately, ill-treated her. From then on, her life was a constant struggle to get enough money for school fees and pocket money, which she described as a Herculean task for her family. This inspired her ambition to become a lawyer for the downtrodden, to champion the rights of the poor. Many times over the years, her dream was almost crushed because of financial difficulties. One day, when she was 11, the Assistant Head Mistress of her school, Cherubim & Seraphim, summoned them to her office. She got them to complete a set of forms and that was the last she heard of it, until two years later, she got summoned again, this time to the Head Mistress’s office. “CRAN is going to sponsor your education,” the Head Mistress informed her. That’s when the tears of joy and relief started flowing. Hannah says, “Anyone looking at me would have thought that I was sad or had just received some bad news, but the reality was that I had received such happy news and I feel like a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders.” Today, this God-fearing girl is 21 years old and completing her final year in General Arts at Jukwa Secondary School. She has an exemplary record and her teachers have confirmed that she is a good student, very disciplined and very much respected by her peers. Hannah is the Organising Secretary of The Scripture Union and Vice President of the Ghana Methodist Students Union (Jukwa Secondary School), as well as the Girls’ Hostel Prefect. Hannah’s role model is the Central Regional Minister – Ama Benyiwa- Doe, whom she says inspires her to be courageous and hopes that she would be able to speak like her, without fear or favour. Hannah is intensely grateful to CRAN and the donors for supporting her and providing her a part towards her goal and dream of becoming a lawyer.