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Harris' Heroes: Emmanuel Abebrese delivers computers to Ghana

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WJLA) – With lots of helping hands, these 50 computers and printers are loaded up to begin their journey across the world.

Freedom High School students refurbished them through a program called “Virginia Star.”

"Basically we rebuilt the computer, so basically now brand new," said 12th grader Abdulraman Musa.

And now the school is donating them to former student Emmanuel Abebrese, 21, who will ship them to a small village school in Ghana where he grew up. He now volunteers at the school every summer and says it desperately needs help.

"Schools here have a really nice conducive learning environment vs. there," he said. "Even though students want to learn, their environment doesn't allow them to."

Abebrese says the school is located in an unsafe environment with very limited resources, and that these computers will make a major difference for the students:

"It will give them a nice place to expand their learning."

"I want my other students to be able to follow him as a leader," he said. And to Abebrese, Bryant said:

"I don't know what you're thinking about now, what your future goals are, but I definitely want you to be thinking about college."

 

Emmanuel speaks to current students about the importance of attending college and giving back to the community. And though he’s not sure where his journey is headed, he is confident that he has found his calling: helping children.

 

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