In the heart of northern Ghana, where deep-rooted superstitions often label disabled children as “evil”, Sister Stan Therese Mumuni emerges as a beacon of hope.
The devoted sister has recently shared with ACN her remarkable journey of saving over 130 children from the clutches of death, targeted purely due to their disabilities.
Returning to Ghana after a 15-year stint as a religious sister in Nigeria, Sister Mumuni was confronted with the harsh reality: disabled children, deemed cursed, faced abandonment or death.
“The traditional beliefs affect the children. If a child is born blind or cannot speak, they’re considered evil,” she lamented.
Refusing to stand idle, she established the Nazareth Home for God’s Children. Today, this haven provides shelter to 120 children, saving them from the tragic fate often decreed by misinformed local beliefs.
Not only does Sister Mumuni offer these children safety, but she also, along with the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love and a 35-member staff, nurtures a loving environment for them. The children’s resilience shines through their daily rituals. “My children are prayer warriors,” she affirms, adding, “They say the rosary every day.”
This noble mission isn’t without its hurdles. With Ghana grappling with economic challenges, external aid becomes paramount. Organizations like Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) have stepped up, but the need is ever-growing.
Sister Mumuni’s story is a testament to the transformative power of faith and compassion, even in the face of deep-rooted superstitions.