Fish seller whose sister - a nurse and the family’s breadwinner - died of Ebola leaving her to care for the whole family. She lives in Bo.
Joseph, 16, is Mabel's nephew. It was his mother (Mary) who died. ‘During Ebola I was isolated and stigmatised because of the quarantine. It was really hard. Today I’m feeling better thanks to Street Child’s social workers.My hope for the future is to finish my education and become a lawyer so that I can help my family out of poverty. Education has taught me to read and write and to develop my family. It will help them develop their lives too. I’m good at maths and English - they’re my best subjects. I love to dance.’
Mabel cares for 7 children aged 2-16, four of them (including Joseph) are Ebola orphans who lost their mum (the nurse) to Ebola when she was working with Ebola patients.
Mabel says: ‘My sister Mary was a nurse, she was the main breadwinner for our family. She took care of all of us. When she died she left behind four children, who I now care for alongside my own. Sadly, just after losing my sister, my husband got sick and ran away. He never returned. We heard a rumour that he’s dead. Thanks to God and Street Child, after Ebola we are ok. They helped me start this business selling fish, without that we would suffer.’
Mabel loves gospel music and is an incredibly smiley, vivacious woman who clearly cares deeply about her family. Her and Joseph get on really well and are a support to each other.
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- Chris Parkes
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