Giving back is very important to me. I have been involved with many organizations over the past few years including: Invisible Children, Health Leads, Direct Relief International..Which have addressed issues spanning from the civil war in Uganda to connecting inhabitants of the south side of Chicago with social services.
It has been my dream to travel to Africa. And I finally had the opportunity to travel to Ghana this summer as a volunteer for an education program in Hujimbre a small village of about 4,000 in the Western Region.
The spirit of the Ghanain people is best embodied in their children; anyone could feel this walking through the village and seeing the infectious smiles and playful personalities. And this kind of charisma is also present in the classroom. The students work hard and take pride in their accomplishments. I had multiple kids introduce themselves to me with their names followed by the statement, "I'm a smart boy." Unfortunately, most of these children cannot go farther than junior high school due to financial and other social reasons. They depend on GHEI to provide scholarships for their senior high school as well as university education; and GHEi depends on grants and donations from generous individuals to create a scholarship fund.
I am working with GHEI to build up this fund so that all of the top students may continue on to senior high school and pursue their dreams. It costs $900 to put one child through all three years of senior high school and their are approximately 2000 children living in the village. GHEI has their work cut out for them to ensure the success of their students, but with the help of interested individuals they can send enough kids to not only give them an opportunity, but also to start changing the perception of education within the village.
Please check out my fundraiser below to support this cause. It would be amazing to give these kids a chance to go continue school and open up an entirely new world of possibilities for their future.
I appreciate you taking the time for the children of Hujimbre!
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