Many would have thought that aspiring to the position of a sought-after musician would not involve any efforts in making the goals achievable. But Portia Addo, an eleven-year-old pupil of Abakam CRAN Presbyterian School in the Central Region thought otherwise.
Portia believes that access to opportunities offered in school would give her the leverage in life to become a reputable gospel musician. Portia also wishes to engage in social work to support street children especially those needy ones in the rural communities and other parts of the country to have access to basic education as part of her contribution towards the development of the Ghanaian society.
This ambition stems from the fact that Portia has been given the opportunity to go to school through the Christian Rural Aid Network’s Child Education Support Scheme at a tender age.
In the light of the support given her granddaughter, Portia’s grandmother, Elizabeth Amoah, admits that the assistance has been so beneficial to her and the entire family and that she believes it would enable the granddaughter to move forward in her educational career. According to her, the entire family became very excited at the news that CRAN had adopted Portia in school to enjoy its support through at least nine years of basic education.
Born to Mr. Isaac Addo and Ms. Stella Obeng, a carpenter and seamstress respectively, in the Central Region, Portia has been the only child of both parents who were separated since the birth of the girl. She has since been under the care of the grandmother who does petty trading to cater for her and three others. It was until this time that CRAN extended its support to Portia through CESS to give her the chance to go to school with much ease as possible.
To Portia, formal education is an opportunity given her to develop her wisdom, knowledge and understanding of different situations around her to which she believes she could use the wisdom acquired from school to assist the less privileged to also have access to formal education.
She expresses her thanks and appreciation to CRAN and its donors for the immense support they have accorded her and the family.