It is true they say until you go through it, you wouldn’t know how it feels! And indeed having a first hand experience in life and the challenges it comes with, gives you a clear idea of what it takes to be in distress or dire need. And for once that is exactly Derrick David Evans’ story.
Going through all the stages of life from once the affluent child to the beggar on the street whose only option was to sleep on the street, bus or train, nothing comes to him as fulfilling than putting smiles on the faces of the vulnerable and less privileged in the society.
Derrick David Evans is a security personnel, motivational speaker and a philanthropist born in the United Kingdom to a Ghanaian parents.
He attended New Hope school in Korle-Bu in Accra and later had his high school education in Apam senior high where he studied General Arts.
Having learnt apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer ‘Fiter’ in Ghana, he moved to the UK with the hope and dream of becoming a Soldier which eventually turned out to be a mirage despite his numerous attempts.
He tells me he had to face life after he was thrown out of the house
” My mum threw me out of the house because she was just fed up with my stubborn lifestyle and with nowhere to go in the UK, I had to struggle on the street, beg and lie for food for almost 8 months” he said.
He tells me living on the street as a beggar, he had to struggle to make ends meet and nothing came to him easy.
Knowing what and how it feels like to be poor, he decided to lend his support to the less privileged in the society hence his charity Organisation, Derrick Cares Foundation which seeks to empower the youth and give support to the poor and also improve upon the living conditions of people in the remotest parts of the country.
The initiative begun on March 10, 2018 after helping an 8 years old boy survive a hole in heart ailment.
In an interview with Swag of Africa news, he tells me even though the initiative is being financed by himself and his two(2) other friends, he believes there are more lives to be saved hence the need for cooperate bodies to come on board to support the needy smile.
According to him, since his birthday falls in May, his Foundation, Derrick Cares Foundation will seize the opportunity to show love and donate to some deprived people on the street and orphanages in Accra and Apam in the central region on the theme, “Let Love Lead”.
He called on Ghanaians not to look down on people because they are poor or helpless but rather to support them in the little way they could to make the world a better place for all.
He further said with hands to come on deck, the little you give can put beaming smiles on the faces of the vulnerable.