Osu Children’s home

After inspiration from Matt I decided to give it a try. At the time I was in my second year of University, computer science major with lots to do. I was also a freelancer web developer (you know, trying to make ends meet), so when it comes to time I didn’t have much of it. So I decided to visit an orphanage for an hour every Saturday to help out in whatever way possible.

Osu Children’s home is an orphanage in Accra, Ghana. It houses orphans from infants to about 19years (not sure of the exact age now). It takes care of their feeding, clothing, education and general welfare. The orphanage is broken into houses, with males in one house and females in the other; each house has a house mother that oversees the affairs of the house and other workers in charge of cooking, cleaning and other duties.

I went to the orphanage not sure of what I can do to help, but I went with an open mind, willing to help out in any way possible. After discussing with the director I realized there was a lot to do to help and I could chose from the options, so I chose to help the kids with there home work and also to redesign there website. I was unable to carry on with the website creation because they had someone else, who came before me. As for the Home work part, it was the most fulfilling and interesting thing I did that semester. The children assigned to me were between the ages of 7 and 12years majority still in primary school, so I mostly taught them math and English and sometimes we talked about the future and what they want to become. Those times were touching moments because even though they are orphans and don’t exactly have much they still dared to dream big.

After a number of visits I began to make friends and being kids they were always happy and wanted me to play with them. I also remember the troublesome ones amongst them would call me “obroni” (Twi (Ghanaian language) word for a white person) as I am light skinned. I didn’t mind because I knew they were just playing with me, so I usually let them catch their fun. Every time I went there I always left feeling fulfilled, knowing that I have made some orphans happy that day.

So please if you like kids give it a try, visit an orphanage near you at your free time find out what you can do to help, remember no amount or kind of help is insignificant. It could be donations, spending some time with the orphans, sponsoring them e.t.c. And see if you won’t be happier.

So get inspired, get involved, get fulfilled, improve lives and consequently, improve yours.

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8 Comments

  1. basil said,

    June 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    nice job.God bless u and more grease to your elbows

    • Zubair said,

      June 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

      hey my guy, thanks man. more grease yours too…remember to put a smile on someone’s face today…take care bro

  2. Aisha Umar said,

    June 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Am truly inspired by your blog Zubair and after reading through, i have learnt that we never touch people’s lives so lightly that we dont leave a trace. I have always believed in collective karma; if you give out good energy, you receive same. So what can’t we do more? I have a very busy schedule so my spare time and days off are really important to me, i get to relax, go see a movie or do a lot of “me” stuff. But, i never pass up an opportunity to assist people whether am at home or abroad even if its giving directions, help crossing the road or just a smile. And whenever i dont, i kinda feel a lil guilty, yeah. I have always known you to be a compassionate person and am honoured to have met such person. Thanks for sharing this amazing experience. Now i feel that i can do more, help out more, maybe even go find an orphanage in my crazy town on some weekends instead of the cinemas. The saying “we are our brother’s keepers” has a whole new meaning to me now!

    • Zubair said,

      June 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm

      Hey, Aisha nice to hear from you and nice comment…you’re certainly right we are all too busy these days making us forget the less privileged in the society. Hence the saying; every man to himself but we have to remember that we are not where we are today totally because of our own making, it took God’s grace and help from other people and so we should be ab
      le to reciprocate even if not in the same magnitude. thanks Aisha, I look forward to reading about your experience with the orphanage. take care

  3. Ikemefuna said,

    June 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Inspiring it is, the kinda things you done, you a great guy. A life is seemingly fulfulling when it is lived to bless others and am glad you know this and stand for it likewise. Thumbs up to an icon ! ! !

    • Zubair said,

      June 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

      hey presido, thanks for the compliments but you know i’m just trying. We all need to push ourselves more often, it amazing how far we built go. thanks again and keep up the good work.

  4. Nimat Umar said,

    July 18, 2009 at 6:54 am

    WOW! Awe-inspiring Indeed… I cant believe it took me this long to read this. You never seize to amaze me Zubair. This write up is grand and the message has blessed my heart. I’m definitely forwarding this link to my friends. WAY TO GO!!!

  5. Zubair said,

    August 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Hey Nimat, thanks dear…i’ve always known you be a compantionate and hardworking person, I hope you continue to find time to impact on lives, thank you


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