Upper East, Ghana | Mid-60’s
Her husband passed away
My name is Atie Atunisa, a woman in her mid-60’s.
I have a daughter and a grandchild.
My husband died a few years back.
I live in the Kasiesa village of Ghana.
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing,
it has been hard for me to get the same community support I used to have.
I have always been a hard-working lady and handled the burden of my whole family on my shoulders when my husband was not there to support me. But now I am suffering from diseases the old age leads into.
I lost my husband at a young age and have been supporting the family since. I only have a daughter, she is married and has a son but her disability has compelled me to work during these hard times as she cannot support her son physically, financially, and emotionally. They say a mother is never off duty, therefore I have been taking care of my grandchild to keep up with food and other essentials as his mother is not capable of it.
I don't even have good accommodation to reside in. Since the child lives with me, I am the one he can rely on. With no rigid work to make a living, I have not been eating well and neither been properly feeding the baby. All I desire is a better life for my grandchild so he can have a stable future. I pile up stones in heaps with my grandchild, hoping for someone to buy them to build houses. This was the only major source of the daily income but due to corona, that work isn't going at a good pace. My grandson helps me with that instead of going to school.
The money is also contributing partially to my daughter's treatment which basically means there is rarely any money left for me. The liaison encountered me with the problems, visited me and inquired about the current situation. The situation seemed frightening to her as both the child and I were undernourished, so they donated the food and essentials. The help can build a better future for me and my family, but that's not enough - a reliable way of getting resources is important. More help is required for the good future my grandchild needs. Every penny is welcomed to shape a needy person's future into a good one not in a fleeting way but permanently. I will always be buried in their debt for all the incredible things they have done in my life. Now, I can imagine a better future for my grandchild and his mother which means my goal as a mother is accomplished.
Every penny is welcomed to shape a needy person's future into a good one not in a fleeting way but permanently. I will always be buried in their debt for all the incredible things they have done in my life.