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BELINDA ANUKARU

My name is Belinda Anukaru from a small village called Dibisi in the North East Region of Ghana. I am from a large family of eleven siblings and I am the sixth born.

I completed Secondary School at Navrongo Senior High in the Upper East Region and am currently a 3rd year student at Tamale University studying Mathematics.

Growing up in the village had its challenges, but it taught me to work hard and persevere to see a job complete. It also gave me a great respect and love for the land. As the main means of transport in the village are bicycle, motorbike and boat, I learned to ride a motorbike and row a boat at a very young age. I vividly remember spending many school holidays on the farm with family and friends or out fishing with my brothers. I enjoy sports, especially football, and I love taking part in our cultural dance.

I speak four languages and it was through my gift of languages that I met the Children of the Light (CotL) team in November 2020. I was working as a kayayo (street porter) in Accra at the time and was introduced to them by a friend. On meeting the team, I was asked to be an interpreter for the street program which I willingly accepted. Since the early days of meeting CotL, my work with the organisation has come a long way. I was officially employed as a temporary worker in July 2021 and I am now the first point of contact for all the work that CotL is doing in the North East Region of Ghana. It is a joy to work with the organisation and exciting to be helping children achieve in all areas of learning. This I know, will not only help them as individuals, but the entire village and the Nation as a whole.

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