I met Mathew Sangberi in 2008 at Boli Primary School in Ghana, West Africa. It was during my first month as a classroom teacher there, and I observed him struggling in class. He read and wrote with his head on his desk. After talking to him, his family, and doctors, we realized he was legally blind.
Mathew's mother and father both passed away before he was ten years old, and he was being raised by his extended family in a rural village in a poor area in Ghana. His family was unable to offer any more assistance. Mathew was dedicated to his schoolwork. He walked for an hour each day to school in a neighboring village since his own village did not have a school. Even that school had few resources.
I knew I had to do something.
Ever since that time I have sponsored Mathew's education. I helped him transfer to Wa School for the Blind and immediately he excelled in his studies. He has now completed Senior High School in the top of his class.
Mathew's success along the way inspired me to start Sung-Taaba Educational Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works in Ghana to provide scholarships to blind and deaf students. We sponsor students to ensure that they have the support they need to reach their goals despite their disabilities, geography, and income levels. Often blind and deaf children are cast off by society and are forced into lives of poverty.
Mathew has worked hard for all these years and is now the first person from his village--seeing or blind--to graduate from high school. We want him to know that his job is to learn, and we will take care of the rest.
Mathew dreams of becoming a teacher. He has completed two years at University of Education, Winneba, and is well in his way to achieving his dream. Will you help him finish strong?