Help Ghanian Children Build a New School
Organized by: Shani Harris
We're just getting started!
November 05, 2016
In May, we visited Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Centre (UCC) in Accra, Ghana. For 18 years, Future Leaders has provided free education for disadvantaged children and sponsored them through state education. Our group, college students and faculty who were volunteering at the school, spent the day tutoring and getting to know the children of Future Leaders and learning more about the school from it’s founder and heart, Mamud Billa. The pictures you see were taken by students (Future Leaders kids) the day of our visit. Pretty nice camera work, right?
Future Leaders UCC is filled to capacity. It’s time to grow again and to do that they need funding to build a new school. Billa has been given land by the chiefs of the region, no easy feat. Now the challenge is raising the capital to buy materials and pay for labor to build the new school. They’re doing that one brick at a time.
We invite you to join us in doing something big. We want to help Future Leaders by raising $25,000 for a new school building. This isn’t a small amount and we know it will take time to raise it – but we also know that when truly inspired anything is possible. Even this.
Billa founded Future Leaders UCC in 1998. Though just a student himself, he invited neighborhood kids who could not afford school to meet him under a mango tree near the beach to play football (American soccer). The cost of entry was simple: learn a few lessons then play a little ball. Billa worked with the kids day after day and in a few short years his list of pupils grew. He moved first to a larger tree and then rented a small house where he could hold classes. Today, approximately 160 children attend school at Future Leaders each day. Each child is provided with free books, uniforms, and meals.
The small school started under the mango tree has become more successful than many could have dreamed. After leaving Future Leaders, many children receive tuition or other school support so they can continue their education at state schools. Future Leaders also continues the tradition of football and proudly supports boys and girls in the Future Stars Football Teams, most of which are registered with the Ghana Football Association. Graduates of Future Leaders can be found across the country and in far reaching parts of the world. They have gone on to complete university level education, pursue degrees in medicine, play professional football in Europe, and start their own businesses.
That morning in May we saw the result of one persons’ selfless commitment to helping make life better for other people. We learned how one simple act of helping blossomed into a movement fueled by sincere care. And even more, we learned that there is real power in doing the thing that your heart inspires you to do.