Mabel and joseph
Mabel is fish-seller whose sister Mary - a nurse and the family’s breadwinner - died of Ebola while caring for Ebola patients, leaving Mabel to raise the whole family. She lives in Bo, Sierra Leone's third-largest city.
Joseph, 16, is Mabel's nephew; Mary was his mother. ‘During Ebola I was isolated and stigmatized 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 math and English - they’re my best classes. I also love to dance!’
Mabel cares for 7 children aged 2-16; four of them are Ebola orphans. She says: ‘My sister Mary 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 rumor that he’s dead too. But thanks to God and Street Child, after Ebola we are ok. They helped me start this business selling fish. Without this we would suffer.’
Mabel loves gospel music and is an incredibly smiley, vivacious woman who cares deeply about her family. She and Joseph are close, and a great support to each other.