Ebenezer Hannah Home
When your childhood is as traumatic as Mama Shirley’s was, you have two choices, rise above, or suffer from, and luckily, she chose the former. Orphaned at the age of eight when her mother passed away from cancer, her alcoholic father abandoned her. She is one of those remarkable people who have compassion and always place the needs of others above her own, and her childhood provides a unique insight into the needs and emotions of those in her care.
“Usually, kids from the street are full of anger and hatred through what has happened in their lives. These kids have to be treated with lots of love, compassion and patience. It is important that we do not give up on them,” she says, and she never does. She started Ebenezer Hannah Home in 1995 (1992). Ebenezer means ‘rock of hope’, and hope is precisely what she provides to the orphans and senior citizens in her care. She has a preschool on the premises, and all the teachers have been appropriately trained. Her head teacher was raised at the orphanage and is continuing the cycle of love and repair.