I went on to attend International Theological Seminary where I studied faith-based counseling in addition to biblical studies. I earned a diploma in counseling and certificate in addiction therapy, grief therapy, behavioral therapy and others. I later went to the University of Ghana to study economics and sociology.
In 2009, I met Pam Cope and subsequently, she wanted me to assist the Touch A Life Ghana team with some paperwork. Later, I helped some Touch A Life families adopt children from Ghana. This spring, I was offered the opportunity to head Touch A Life Ghana.
I’m able to relate to the children very well. I had a similar experience in terms of fishing as child – though in my case, I was not forced into it. Nevertheless I was impacted by child labor in another field. It affected my childhood life, but fortunately for these children, and for me, we were given a better opportunities to achieve a better future.
Before I set out from my room at the Care Center each day, I create my to-do list. This helps me identify what activities I need to engage in each day. As a leader, my plans can change at anytime depending on the priority of other goals from staff members or government officials. I enjoy working with the local staff, as interaction with them helps me to plan well. The most exciting part of my role is interacting with the children. I listen a lot and speak as little as possible. This allows me to sort information that I’m gathering.
My job is to guide these wonderful children to realize the great potential buried within them. I am here to help them make wise career choices and to understand that there are consequences to actions. They should believe in themselves and have faith in God. With the necessary logistics and resources, we can all help shape these children into great adults.
In my spare time, I like to be alone, so I do a lot of brainstorming. Sometimes I read books that interest me, listen to news around the world, or watch criminal investigation programs. I also spend time playing and interacting with the street children in the community.
We are are so grateful to have Bernard on staff, caring for our children and their futures. You can read more about our Care Center in Ghana.