While most children in America were starting their first day of school one year ago today, half a world away, children as young four and five who were sold into slavery were being forced to wake up only to work 10-15 hours a day. Before the sun could rise, they you could see shadows of tiny children pulling nets and scooping water from home-made wooden boats on the largest man-made lake in the world.
“There's no way to, at this point, understand the depth of pain that he's already experienced in his life,” explained Chris Field, Founder of Mercy Project, and adoptive parent.
His name is Famous; and he was among 24 other children working in the village of Adovepke on Lake Volta.
“He had been orphaned when he was one-years-old and he had been trafficked by an auntie,” said Field.
Field says he felt a desire and a calling to adopt after learning of the six-year-old's story -- and in a matter of one phone call -- their lives would be changed forever.
“Now it's been over a month that he's been here and he knows we're going to be there and he's going to get fed,” said wife Stacey Field.
Stacey and Chris say every day is a learning process.
“So much at what's been fun for us is watching him discover things that Americans get to discover at only one years old; like coloring, playing with babies,” Field said.
"Famous, are you ready for your first day of school?" asked Chris.
“Yes!” Famous exclaimed.
Monday morning Famous began his first day of school at Rock Prairie Elementary.
"What are you most excited about Famous?" Chris asked.
"Reading!" said Famous.
"For him to step foot in school here and to know the path he's on and to be able to do anything he wants with his life,” said Stacey.
It's a future the Field family says will be a journey, but nonetheless, one that’s forever filled with hope.
“Our hope is that in the way he's changed us already and made us better people and a better of family that his story and life will be able to do that for many people,” said Field.
Famous' first grade teacher Mrs. Askins son and his family will soon move to Ghana to be a missionary for the non-profit organization.