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Students walk through the Children's Art Village plaza outside Hope Christian Academy. In 2009

To give hope, it takes a village

GOMOA FETTEH, Ghana — Roland Bulley and his wife, Gladys, have a big family — 24 children, to be exact.
For the past 15 years, the couple has helped transform the lives of less-fortunate youths at the Village of Hope. The church-supported work provides a home, education, medicine and vocational training for hundreds of children in this West African nation.
The ministry was the idea of Ghanaian church members Emmanuel Asante and Christian Nsoah and American missionary Jerry Reynolds. After struggling for several years, the elders of the Vertical Centre Church of Christ in Tema, Ghana, took oversight of the ministry with assistance from the Traverse City, Mich., church.
The Bulleys were chosen in 1995 to serve as the ministry’s first houseparents. Eight children were brought to the first house in the town of Ayawaso.
The ministry later purchased 25 acres of land in Fetteh, a village in Ghana’s Gamoa region, about an hour from the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Today, the Village of Hope cares for more than 170 children in eight homes. Ghanaian Christian Fred Asare serves as director of the children’s home.
Children from the Village and the community attend the three-story Hope Christian Academy. The ministry also oversees a medical clinic and a vocational training program.

ON THE WEB: www.thevillageofhope.com

Filed under: Global South

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