Date completed: 15th April 2014
Date of Birth: 27th February 2003
Jennifer has to be known as one of the smartest kids on the block. Although relatively shy and reserved her intelligence is hard to miss. Her goal is to be a bank manager and with her love of mathematics and books she has knowledge and drive to get her there.
She loves going to school and her education here is a privilege, that without Patrick, she would not have received.
Patrick came across Jennifer along with three other children, playing in front of a salon in Kasoa. They were dirty and obviously not attending school. Jennifer was the oldest, nine years old at the time and only wearing underwear, as was Emmanuel, the second oldest. The youngest were Micheal and Deborah, who were both naked.
Patrick gave the children his number and told them to ask their parents to call him. He also gave it to the salon owner but never received a call. He returned three times but couldn't find a parent. On his fourth visit he went early on Sunday morning and found the mother cooking plain rice for the children and when Patrick explained his mission to help care for the children she cried 'Praise the Lord!' She knew she could not care for her children's needs and was happy to have Patrick provide a better living and future for her little ones.
Patrick learned that the father had abandoned the family one morning while the mother went to buy corn. The youngest, Deborah, was only a month old. The mother was forced to be the bread-winner so spent her days walking up and down traffic, selling water satchels from a bucket on her head to earn a living.
A few months after the children moved to the orphanage, Patrick saw the mother on the streets of Kasoa. She had found a new man and was pregnant with another child. She ran when she saw Patrick. He could not find her for a long time afterwards but when he asked around he discovered that the man also had four children from a previous marriage and was also extremely poor.
In an attempt to find some funding for the children, Patrick switched his focus to finding the father. After discovering him, Patrick tried to convince him to get back together with his wife and reunite the family. He seemed to be on board until he learned about the new pregnancy and then wanted nothing to do with her.
Patrick continues to receive nothing from either parent but has seen Jennifer, on occasion, talking to a woman through the walls of the orphanage. The other children have told him it is her mother but the woman quickly runs away any time he approaches. She continues to avoid him.