A young Kirkcaldy nurse is urging people to help her raise funds for a charity that gives hope to some of the world’s poorest women.
Stephanie Stevens (24) is organising a keep-fit session in Cupar this Sunday in aid of Enliven Mama Africa, based in Ghana, which aims to empower young women through financial assistance, education and moral support.
They see us as a gift from GodStephanie Stevens
Stephanie, a former staff nurse at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, first became involved with the charity last summer and now spends so much time in Ghana that she calls it her ‘second home’.
“I first went last June and was so impressed with the work they do that I went into agency nursing so I’d have the flexibility that would enable me to spend as much time there as possible,” she said.
“Here we take for granted the benefits system and free healthcare, but there the young mums have nothing and often babies are born in villages without any medical help.
“The young women are often victims of rape too.”
Enliven Mama Africa also supports a children’s home that cares for the significant numbers of children who’ve been orphaned.
Many of them have disabilities and have been abandoned because it’s feared they’re possessed by evil spirits.
Were it not for the charity’s volunteers like Stephanie, the children would have very little human contact.
Thanks to Stephanie’s fund-raising, the home has been able to buy toys as well as vital medical supplies.
“They’re lovely, friendly people and appreciate us so much,” said Stephanie.
“They see us as a gift from God. It’s such an amazing feel ing to be able to help.”
The fund-raiser is being run in conjunction with Megan and Kirsty Murrie of MMFitness and will take place in the Corn Exchange, Cupar, at 10.00 a.m.
All are welcome to take part for a £5 fee.
Meanwhile, Stephanie is keen to encourage others to volunteer in Ghana.
The manager of Enliven Mama Africa, Maxwell Yaw Donkor, has been staying with Stephanie in Kirkcaldy to help raise the profile of the charity .
As well as the children’s home, it supports three other key projects aimed at helping young women to stand on their own two feet.
They include teaching them skills such as sewing; helping farmers continue to produce food for the local communities, and building libraries so that children can expand their knowledge and be inspired to achieve their full potential.
All the projects run by Enliven Mama Africa are in need of volunteers, and an application form is available on the charity’s website.
For more information, visit www.enlivenmamaafrica.org