poses with a group of youths with whom she worked in Ghana. Photo provided
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Sarah Joy Morbitzer recently returned from her third trip volunteering in Ghana, West Africa, but she won’t be home for long, as she leaves for Ghana again in January. Before heading off though, Sarah shared pictures and stories from her recent experience during a special presentation at Peabody Retirement Community on Monday.
Sarah, who is the oldest daughter of Victory Christian Fellowship Pastor Tim Morbitzer, first traveled to Ghana in 2011, when she spent a year volunteering at a school there called Challenging Heights.
James Kofi Annan, who was enslaved at the age of six and worked 17-hour days with scarce food or shelter, founded Challenging Heights in 2003 with hopes of rescuing children from modern-day slavery, primarily in the fishing industry.
“The first time I went, I was actually stationed at the school,” Sarah said. “They needed a child sponsorship program, so they asked me to start that up. Thanks to my dad, we got a lot of sponsors in this area. In fact, we had more sponsors from Northeast Indiana than anywhere else in the U.S. They had also gotten a new computer lab, so they asked me to manage that too. I also did play therapy at the shelter once a week, plus I ran the child mentor project."