Behold The Rising Ghanaian “OVC Advocate” Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe

Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe
Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe

Meet Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe, a rising Ghanaian “OVC Advocate”

Deborah is an Author, an “Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) advocate, the Host of the “Share to Stir” Show, and an Entrepreneur. Deborah Dzifah Tamakloe grew up in the Baptist School Complex and Orphanage in the Eastern Region of Ghana. As a child from a broken home, Deborah has a remarkable life journey that presents the possibility of rising from utter despair to hope. Facing these obstacles in her own life instilled in her a passionate drive to fight for those in the situation she used to be in.

Having been moved beyond tears by the stories of these children she grew up with, she promised to give them the voice they did not have.

Her Advocacy Journey
“I started my advocacy journey in 2016”, she revealed. Until then, Deborah said she was shy to open up about her past because of the fear of stigmatization.

“Once a young person clocks 18 years in the orphanage, they assume an adulthood state and are automatically kicked out of the orphanage. Some social workers often try to link these young adults to stay with their relatives when they turn 18. In some few instances when these young adults are lucky to get sponsors, they are retained at the orphanage until completion of senior high school or tertiary.”

Deborah said losing a parent often takes a toll on a child. Some children even ask if they will ever see their parents again.

“As we all plan for our families; we never know what will befall our loved ones when we are gone. Close relatives take up some children while others are sent to orphanages after losing their parents. Seventeen years ago, my things were packed in a box and taken to an orphanage. From the time I was eleven to seventeen, my life’s journey could best be described as stormy. Growing up in an orphanage was a crucial point in my life. After many years with an authorship title, a degree, and an MPhil later, I decided to start a Youtube channel to educate the general public on anything orphanage, foster care, adoption, care leavers, and many more which few people are aware of with the hope that they will be inspired to be a voice.”

Deborah, out of her experience at the orphanage, has written three books, with one in the pipeline to be unveiled this year, to educate the general public on the need to care for orphans and vulnerable children.
Deborah cautioned that whatever the reason for children taken to orphanages, they still deserve a chance at a better life.

Deborah concluded by stating that every child, whether in the orphanage or living on the street, deserves a family, and until then, she won’t relent on her advocacy journey.

“Everyone, every child, should have a family that loves them. Every child needs to know they have a home with brothers and sisters and parents they can talk to. This, I believe, is the way God made it to be. Children who grow up in orphanages understand they can go home and have brothers and sisters. However, these children do not understand the meaning of family even though they know there is something like family. Nobody seems to undergo therapy to heal from past trauma. Many of them come to the orphanages not knowing their date of birth and no one visiting.”

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