Francis-Xavier shares his life story as Village of Hope celebrates 25th anniversary
From street child to politician, this is the story of the deputy for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu, who was part of the lot that was served many years ago at the Village of Hope.
Mr. Sosu lost his parents at an early age and was left to himself and his siblings.
In an interview with JoyNews, he revealed that he had to spend most nights sleeping in kiosks at Malam Atta market.
“My mother was a slave because she was what we call a ‘vodushi’ or a ‘trokoshi’. As a teenager, she escaped from the voodoo shrine and married my father and the two of them gave birth to six of us. I was the third born, I just had to fight to get there. I used to sleep at Malam Atta market, would go to sleep there and always go to school the next day.
The Village of Hope was Francis Xavier’s savior when they bore the full cost of his education after years of struggle.
“The village of hope has arrived in high school. In high school, apart from the first entrance fee I paid, I was unable to pay any tuition fees for the three years I spent there. So they gave me a full scholarship to go to school.
The Village of Hope has been home to many abandoned, homeless and vulnerable children since its creation in 1996.
For many years, he has provided these children with a roof over their heads, a quality education and renewed hope for a better future.
During the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, many people, like Mr. Sosu, shared their stories to encourage the children who are still at the center.
Solomon Obiri Yeboah was one of them. Today, he is the only craniofacial surgeon in all of West Africa. He shared his story in an interview with JoyNews.
“It all started in 1997, when my mother passed away. At the time, I was in second year of medicine and when that happened I had to take care of all my sisters and take care of myself too, so it was actually a struggle.
And because of that, I failed and was repeated during this course. Life was still very difficult for me at that time and in my third year I was repeated again. The Village of Hope paid for my tuition from 2001 until I finished medical school.
The organization’s group general manager Fred Asare explained the vision of the Village of Hope.
“Our vision is to provide a world-class institution that provides the best care to those in need, especially children.”