This picture was taken in Matthew’s Virginia near Mobjack Bay Cottage.
His name is Charles. He is from Ghana. And this is his Story.
I was born healthy. However, at the age of 3 I got a disease called Polio. There were a lot of people catching it and dying. My mother took me to the doctor who gave me a shot which probably prevented death but left me crippled. I’ve been walking with crutches all my life.
I came to America a few years ago to get an education. However, I am not in school currently because I overstayed my visa. Now I am working to become legal so I could apply to school. After I finish school, I plan to go straight back to Africa. I don’t want to live in America.
Yes, education is much better in Africa but it’s also expensive. Here, in America, anyone can go to school. All you need is determination. I want to go to an university on the internet and get a free education.
With the education that I obtain, I would be able to help my people out more. I am the director of an non-government organization. With my organization and education background, I will be better off. My organization helps people with disabilities and those affected by disasters. It also has an orphanage, farming and tourism.
I aim to go to school for journalism and with a radio and TV background would be able to publicize my organization. I would like my organization to be between America and Ghana.
Jen-Jen is standing in Barretto Park. This part of the Bronx is not that popular and not many people visit because of it’s surroundings. It’s known as a waste land. There are many factories in the area, however; recently New York City Parks along with other organizations such as Rock-the-Boat has been cleaning up the area . Planting grass around the water and making it more suitable for residents.
Check out this New York Times article which speaks a little bit about it: