Date completed: 21st April 2014
Date of Birth: 2003
Arrival Date: 19th April 2014
Abass is the newest recruit at the orphanage. He just joined in April 2014.
Patrick has known Abass for a long time as he has been attending the school for a few years. The students are required to bring 1 cedi (37 cents) each day. This cedi is meant to pay for their lunch. Abass was unable to bring this daily cedi. When Patrick would question him why, he would say his brother did not have enough to give him. He never spoke about his parents.
Through Antia, the cook, Patrick discovered that Abass's parents both passed away three years ago and his older brother has been looking after him ever since. His brother is only 17 years old. He is an apprentice tailor and works hard, long hours studying the trade during the day, and spends his evenings selling water satchels at the market to earn a little money for food for them both. Abass was often left alone until very late at night and would go without food until the brother came home with something.
Antia took Patrick to where the boys were living. The house was just a make-shift shack, very crooked and unstable. Patrick spoke to the older brother and told him that he would like to take care of Abass. The brother was thrilled and because the orphanage is not far from where he lives he can visit him often.
The first day, Abass was so excited about his new home he didn't stop smiling the entire day. He spent an hour colouring with the other children and claimed it is his new favourite thing to do. He also loved getting to play football with the boys and loves all the food that Antia cooks. He is already becoming a great help around the orphanage and asks to help out with any chores. When he grows up he would like to be a teacher.