Perpetual Stevens – Miss Ghana Utah 2020
Perpetual Stevens was born in Somanya, Ghana. Unfortunately her real date of birth is not known due to deficiencies of the rural area she was born within. Her birth mother was unable to care for her so she left her at an orphanage. Perpetual suffered sexual and physical abuse while at the orphanage but luckily at the age of 7, she was adopted. Her new parents took her to California where she became part of a family with two older sisters and two older brothers. Her stubbornness and the orphanage mentality made it difficult at first for her to acclimate into her new family but she eventually learned how to accept their love.
Perpetual thrived educationally, socially and was a talented athlete. She is a gifted artist and used it to help her feel in control and express her emotions. Her parents believed that it was important for her to keep a relationship with her biological mother and maintain her African identity, so every two years she returned to Ghana to see her mother and her country. Perpetual has raised money and donated school supplies for schools in Ghana. She believes that education is a powerful tool that should be more available to children, especially in third world countries.
In 2017, Perpetual and her family moved to Utah. She won Most Incredible Kid for the Granite district in 2018. Perpetual graduated high school with honors in 2019. Perpetual currently attends the University of Utah double majoring in Psychology and Criminology. She believes that there are not enough African American women in the Criminal Justice System and that is something she would like to change. Her dream is to work for the FBI either as a profiler or become a Victims Advocate.
Platform Title: Kaeme
The purpose of Kaeme is to build families and protect vulnerable children in orphanages in Ghana. Kaema’s vision is for every child in an orphanage to find a healthy loving family. 80% of children in orphanages are not actually orphans and in fact have families that can take care of them. This non-profit/NGO that works with social welfare departments to collect data on the orphanages and create a profile to see if they can be reunited with their family. They evaluate the families, provide reunification packages and follow ups to help prepare the children to be reunited with their families. I want to work with this non-profit and provide a sense of limitless opportunity to children in Ghana trapped in orphanages. I want to remind them that they are not forgotten. That there are people out there that love them.
Ghana is in West Africa. It borders Côte d’Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and Togo to the east. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire. Ghana is a very friendly country, ideal for first time travellers to Africa. The people are generally very helpful and welcoming which is one of the countries delights.Tourism in Ghana is growing very quickly, and more tour operators are seeing increased requests for Ghana as a travel destination. Ghana is also rich in gold and cocoa. This is a stable country with great potential for growth.