Mission Emmanuel is a student-led mission to support the work of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. Inspired by his struggle, members of the McDonogh community have joined together to act upon a shared belief and "to do the greatest possible amount of good."
Emmanuel Yeboah is a citizen of Ghana. He was born into extreme poverty and with a significant disability; he was missing the tibia bone in his right leg. In Ghanaian culture, those with physical disabilities are considered outcasts.
However, Emmanuel’s mother, aptly named Comfort, was determined to raise her son and teach him that he could overcome his physical handicap. With her love as inspiration, Emmanuel did the impossible by riding his bike across Ghana to call attention to the plight of the disabled people in his native country.
Emmanuel brought his message to McDonogh on October 7, 2009. Four members of McDonogh’s Class of 2010 were so moved by Emmanuel’s words that they decided they had to do something to respond to the need of Ghanaian people for mobility. These seniors decided to fill a 20-foot long container with bicycles and books, and to accompany that container all the way to Africa.
On May 11,2010, McDonogh received word that both the container and the group of seniors safely arrived at the village of Koforidua in Ghana. Here is an article outlining the preparation for the journey.
During their time in Ghana, the students and accompanying faculty members visited Emmanuel’s school and gave the bicycles and supplies to the school. They also had the chance to meet many of the people who were helping Emmanuel throughout the process of building his school.
McDonogh students plan to maintain the relationship they have built with Emmanuel’s school, most immediately by helping him with plans for a cross-country bike ride to fundraise for his school. Emmanuel plans to bike from California to New York, so we hope to garner support from a community of McDonogh bikers to join him for the Baltimore leg of his journey.