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If Life Gives You Lemons … With Just One Finger, Woman Uses Feet To Cook, Sew, Clean, Wash
Published: Saturday | February 16, 2013 12 Comments

Daphne Williams makes dumplings.
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Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer

SMITHVILLE, Clarendon:

THE propular saying ‘if life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ has resonated, strongly with Daphne Williams who was born with a partial right hand and a single finger. Despite the challenges, Williams has learned to use that solitary finger to undertake every imaginable task on her own.

Forty-three-year-old Williams, with the aid of her right foot, cooks, cleans, washes, sews and writes her own letters. She also lights her coal stove, cuts patterns to sew and peels food to cook.

However, the firebrand Christian complained of severe financial hardships, which began long before Jamaica’s current economic crisis.

“This is how I was born and I accept it. God knows best, but Jamaica is too blessed for persons with disabilities to live permanently in hardships for the rest of their lives,” bemoaned Williams, as she demonstrated her amazing dexterity with her single finger and toes to The Gleaner in a recent interview at her Smithville home in Clarendon.

Williams said after leaving primary school, she went back to her alma mater, Smithville Primary, where she set up a stall and sold a variety of items, but her business went bad after she purchased a fridge, a television set and started a one-room house.

“I am disabled; but I am able. I do everything for myself, but if I want a bag juice, somebody has to give it to me, so I want some financial independence so that I can stop being a burden to my sister. I need some help,” she pleaded.

With only a primary-level education and both parents long deceased, Williams said she has had a life fraught with hardship and heartache. But with an unwavering faith in God and a steely determination, she said God has made her for a special purpose, to be his evangelist. She is uncertain of what condition caused her to be born with some of her limbs missing.

“God made this special person to be His servant, to tell Jamaica about the goodness of the Lord, and I want to serve Him full-time and to inspire Jamaica, to let people have faith, but I cannot manage alone. So if there is a good Samaritan out there who wants to assist with my ministry, give me a call at 876-389-2104,” the Smithville Baptist Church member said.

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  • Original Goodas says:

    Good morning Family

    Havent comment in a while but I’ve been peeping on my phone everyday.

    This bring tears to my eyes and so much able body gal sit dung and no wa work,

    Now that her story is out i’m sure she will get some form of help

  • Observer says:

    Morning Metty and Mettyers and you Haters :peluk

    May God really continue to bless her soul. Her floors are so clean and shining. She says: I’m disable but I’m able. God bless yuh mama :kiss

  • Observer says:

    OG :kiss

  • Original Goodas says:

    Obs whats up boo, them things ya grieve me heart a swear

  • Observer says:

    I know but my heart aches but at the same time its filled with joy because she makes ife worthy to be lived. Wish I could meet her hugs and kisses to her

  • Belly Bang says:

    Each one matters

  • Tawkchuet says:

    God is good all the time perfect example that all things r possible thru him. God bless this woman.

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Such an inspiring story. Lemons to lemonade indeed.

    An to think the young, hard back man & women who have nothing wrong with them out there begging. kmt

  • LadyWoW says:

    Morning JMG family ,

    Buoy this make me feel real wutless. This woman is carrying on with what God gave her and his thankful and here I am complaining about some small obstacles.

    Thank you for this article

  • Nom de plume says:

    Good day all, The mind is a wonderful thing! Pity it takes people with severe disability to bring that message home. Last night on TV There was another young woman who had no arms and did everything with her legs. including playing the piano and flying a plane!!!! so amazing it made me look at disabled people different, They deserve our respect.

  • I pray that all who are able and believe charity [God] find a way to assist this God fearing person…

    Met, thank you for bringing this to our attention–may God continue to guide and bless you.

  • Met says:

    dung suh dung so Lali… thank you Lali and I must thank the sender also for sending it in

  • libragirl says:

    and fi tink yuh have some rachet sketel out deh who nah deh wid no man cause dem nah support dem tundra crachis…and look at this woman…jah know star she need fi get a five star treatment…god bless ar…afta seeing this mi done complain…

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