Amarachi Benga has 4 children. Amarachi’s middle girl, Damilola is 10 years old and has been accepted into C.A.R.E. Africa.
In the early years the family lived in Lagos where they had jobs that paid for food and school fees for the children. Circumstances changed when Amarachi’s mother-in-law fell ill. She and her husband had to leave their jobs in Lagos and move to Egbe to care for the ailing mother. Once in Egbe, they crammed all their possessions into the mother’s 20 x 16 sf room. The floor is dirt, one window, no ventilation, no plumbing, no electric, and no toilet. All seven lived in this one room for four years until the mother passed – now there are six. All six of them sleep on two foam mattresses. Before she passed, Amarachi’s mother-in-law taught her to make palm kernel oil to sell. The locals use it for skin salve and also take orally for stomach problems. The smell and texture reminded me of motor oil.
Amarachi also works with her husband who is a vulcanizer – repairs tires. Amarachi and her husband freelance a street corner where people know them to be honest workers. Amarachi also hawks (resells) items and goes to farms to gather wood for the family to cook with. They attend church as a family and are well liked in the community. She and her husband are both hard working people but the need for palm kernel oil or tire repair is not much. The need to feed and educate her children is a constant worry for Amarachi. Should either parent become ill or injured it would be a family crisis. Her other three children will not be attending school as they cannot afford the school fees. Amarachi is very thankful Damilola has been accepted into C.A.R.E. Africa because her daughter will be well educated, looked after physically and spiritually and have a chance at a better life.
Damilola has a sponsor but the family does not. C.A.R.E. Africa would like to come alongside the family and their church to help empower them through business and the education of the remaining children. Please consider becoming one of the families sponsors at $35 a month or $420 a year.
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