KUMASI, Ghana, December 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Brought to the brink by a life of poverty in a Ghanaian village, a young girl was on the verge of aborting her unborn child before a last-second intervention by a concerned nurse and a local pro-life radio host led the girl to choose life instead.
Edward Obeng-Kwaye, director of the Obeng-Kwakye Foundation and host of a local pro-life radio show, shared the uplifting story with LifeSiteNews.com last month. Obeng-Kwakye also operates several pro-life outreach programs at churches and schools, and runs an orphanage that currently shelters 25 children.
Obeng-Kwaye was hosting a radio talk show last month when a pro-life nurse called in to report that a man had entered the medical facility where she worked with his teenage daughter, six months pregnant, intending to get an abortion. But the nurses had encouraged him to tune in to Obeng-Kwakye’s pro-life talk show before making the terrible decision.
“On my programs I always let my listeners know that God hates abortion and every life is a gift from God freely given to us, and the risks involved in abortion,” said Obeng-Kwakye.
“The father started crying and told the nurses that if I can support and help his family, he would forget this act against God. That was great news.”
Obeng-Kwakye said he called back after the show to get information on the family’s whereabouts. Having no vehicle, he had to rely on public transit to reach Gogoikrom, a small village about 20 miles west of Kumasi.
Only one taxi ferried passengers to and from the village. “Both the taxi boot [trunk] and top were full of passengers,” he said. “That was my first time experiencing such an occasion.”
After arriving at the village, Obeng-Kwakye said he learned the girl was one of eight in an impoverished family whose mother was also three months pregnant.
Obeng-Kwakye said he assured the family of his help and offered them some money to help tide them over.
“We told them that we are here for the life of their voiceless unborn babies and we promise to support them both physically and spiritually,” said Obeng-Kwakye. “We gave them hope.”
Later he learned that the family was Catholic, but was dismayed to find that their local Catholic parish could not even afford rosaries for their parishioners. Although he managed to find a donor for rosaries to the little church, Obeng-Kwakye emphasized the great need of such remote communities.
“If we can do our little best for these remote Christians, it will motivate their Christian life,” he said.
The local pro-life leader called on the pro-life community to help the poor in Ghana, who struggle to find even basic necessities such as clean water, clothes, and medicine. Nearly one in three households were below the poverty line in Ghana as of 2007, thanks in large part to the corruption endemic in the Ghanaian government, which has been a major obstacle to other countries investing foreign aid in the country.
Obeng-Kwakye plans to host a series of Christmas events to help local mothers and children in need.
Obeng Kwakye Foundation
P O Box 4576
Kumasi -Ashanti Region
Ghana – W/Africa
Mobile: + 233-24-846701