Popular Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh has saved the life of a 13-year old pregnant Ghanaian girl whose picture went viral on social media. The actress began the search under the auspices of her foundation, The Tonto Dikeh Foundation.
The young girl who goes by the name Afia was said to be engaged in the act of trading her body in order to fend for herself and her unborn baby.
When the incident came to Tonto Dikeh's attention, she liaised with friends in the movie industry in Ghana to help locate the teenager.
Breaking the news about finding Afia, Tonto Dikeh indicated that the young lady would enjoy a special package from her foundation. She went on to spell out a few things that her foundation was going to do to ensure that she could at least lead a meaningful life after her delivery.
The actress indicated that young Afia would be given a place to stay and her foundation was going to foot her medical bills. She added that the teenager was also going to be enrolled in school because education was very important. The package also includes cost of antenatal and five month charges for postnatal care for the young mother and her child.
She added that the 13-year old would also be migrated onto a monthly-salary plan until she is able to work to cater for herself and her child. Afia would be assigned a psychologist who was going to assist her in case she has suffered any form of trauma due to her situation and also help in her rehabilitation.
The Tonto Dikeh Foundation is working on this project with St John’s Hospital and Fertility Centre, Multimedia Group and the Member of Parliament for Effiduase-Asokore Constituency, Honorable Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie.
She called on all benevolent people in Ghana and in the diaspora to channel some of their resources into making the lives of the less-privileged in society more comfortable. The priority of the Tonto Dikeh Foundation is to provide some under-privileged rural dwellers access to quality healthcare and education.
She showed her gratitude to the efforts put in by social media to help them in their breakthrough.
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