In rural parts of Ghana, children born with a physical deformity, disability, or anomaly such as twin pregnancy are considered “spirit children.” Infants who are born with disabilities are often “sacrificed” because they are considered a bad omen.
Rev. Sister Stan Terese M. Mumuni, a Ghanian sister in the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love (MASEL), is doing something great to save these children. She founded a Catholic orphanage (Nazareth Home for All God’s Children) that welcomes children regardless of religion, tribal grouping, income, language, social or educational background, or extent and severity of physical disabilities. Sister Stan negotiates with parents to bring these little ones to her orphanage. The first goal of the ministry is to rescue the children and then, in time, to demonstrate to the parents and community at large that the children are not “evil spirits” and that they can and should be loved and cared for.
Future orphanage plans include a primary/secondary school, a vocational school, a medical facility, and an animal and vegetable farm.
To follow the progress of the orphanage, go to Sister Stan’s Children (include link to this website), a nonprofit public charity based in Nashville, Tennessee. You can either donate directly to their organization, or donate through WADSO.