In a bid to give back to society, award-winning Ghanaian costume designer Mabel Germain has embarked on a rescue mission to help teenage mothers.
The Mabel Germain Foundation will be providing teen mothers with education, job training, healthcare and counseling as it launches its programme, ‘Child With Child’ during the Easter celebrations.
“In Ghana, one among five girls between the ages of 15 and 18 is pregnant or has been pregnant at some point in time.
Seventy percent (70%) of these teenagers become mothers who are just not ready for motherhood.
“Some of these mothers and their children are vey deprived, but it is also believed behind every dark tunnel is a bright light, and that behind the poverty stricken and deprived lifestyle of these young mothers, they still have skills, talents and knowledge that can be taped for nation building,” Mabel Germain told NEWS-ONE.
She and her team will be putting smiles on the faces of these unfortunate teen moms and their babies at the ‘Child With Child’ Easter gathering on April 1, 2013 at the Mallam Atta Market at 2.00pm.
Among activities will be registration of teen moms and counseling them on female reproductive health by a team of doctors.
There will also be a presentation of donor products and clothes to the young mothers, as well as merry-making.
The most important aspect of the ceremony will be a sod-cutting for a construction of a daycare shed for children of teen moms.
Mabel is a costume designer known for her exploits in Ghana’s movie industry.
She won two awards within a year. She won Best Wardrobe for ‘Sinking Sand’s at the Ghana Movie Awards in December 2011 and also picked up the Best Costume Designer for Leila Djansi’s ‘I Sing Of A Well’ at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2011.
Mabel started her career in 1986 as an actress in the film ‘Cobra Verde’, by German director Klaus Kinski. She subsequently played roles in films like ‘Escape To Love’, ‘Confessions’, and several others.
She later decided to go behind the cameras because at that time, the technical aspect of the film industry was more lucrative than acting.
She later obtained a Diploma in Cosmetology and specialized in makeup artistry so she branched into makeup. Her mum was also a fashion designer.
“So when it comes to sewing and designing, it is part of me since childhood.
So when I branched into makeup and I realized that there is also another platform to explore in costuming and wardrobe designing, I branched into that area as well.
That was how come I became a costume designer,” Mabel once told NEWS-ONE.
Her first job as a wardrobe designer started with TV series ‘Sticking To the Promise’ in 2003, after which she did her first costume job for ‘Golden Stool’, followed by ‘Love Bird’.
She has since worked on a number of films including ‘Agony Of Christ’ by Venus Films, which she said “was a very challenging job that I have ever done.
After ‘Agony of Christ’ any job that I do looks little for me.”
Now she is bent on giving back to the society that indirectly supported her career.