HERSHEY, PA – Douglas Yeboah first met George Leader about eight years ago while working as a chaplain at the state prison in Chester.
Leader had sponsored a program at the prison to provide guidance and mentors to inmates, giving them a second chance. He believed in second chances and he believed in helping people in prison, people others had discarded or forgotten.
Not long after that, Yeboah retired from the prison system and moved back to his native Ghana. He kept in touch with Leader and the former governor would often ask about Yeboah’s work. The work, he always told him, was hard. There was so much need in Ghana, so much pain and suffering. Yeboah told him that children lacked medical care and that many of their maladies were preventable, if only they had access to clean drinking water.
Leader asked what he could do and in a short time, a drilling rig to dig wells for clean water was on its way to Ghana. Yeboah mentioned to Leader that he hoped one day to build a children’s hospital, but it was out of his reach. Leader told him he could do it, he could make it happen.