Charles from Ghana

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.

I have five children and my wife died in March.

Jen-Jen

 

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:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/arts/design/bronx-river-now-flows-by-parks.html?hp