Volunteer Internship - Ghana
Organized by: Dawson d'Almeida
Help me raise money to send my sister, Amanda, on a volunteer internship to impact the lives of the underprivileged living in Ghana. This internship is organized by Interexchange, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting cross-cultural awareness through work and volunteer exchange programs. She is expected to work at least 20 hours a week and will be in Ghana, from June 15, 2014 until July 20, 2014.
Let me tell you about my sister Amanda. She is 18 years old and is attending Carleton College in Minnesota. She is currently studying pre-medicine and plans on going to Medical School. Amanda is passionate about serving others that are less fortunate then she as she says it gives her perspective in life and a reason to work hard and to learn. She wants to use her knowledge and skills to help people who are underprivileged. Two summers ago, she made a similar trip with some classmates to an orphanage in China. There she administered care to physically and mentally disabled children who were undernourished and unloved. She spent most of her time on the second floor with the ‘untouchables’ or the children who were severely disabled and could not move. When she recalls upon the memories of her friends she made there, it brings her to tears.
Amanda will be working hard in a local Ghanaian Hospital. She is going to be working on the outskirts of the town Wale Wale at Langbensi, a Presbyterian Church health clinic. Their main objective is to reach out with health care and make it available to the most deprived people in rural areas. The volunteers will be appointed to tasks such as registering patients and doing initial exams, immunizing and taking their blood, and working at a children’s ward.
Our family had always had a running joke that my sister, her caring, personable, and empathetic self would save the world. While as I, my technological, mathematical and science-loving self, would finance her. This may have seemed like a joke before, but I had always planned on something like this, to make sure my sister could carry out her dreams. However at this stage in my life I am jobless and do not have enough personal money to sponsor Amanda. I have a personal project at school, a long-term project for my MYP diploma. This turned out to be a perfect opportunity to start making an impact. My goal is to raise enough money to send Amanda on this internship. The proceeds will be used for the airline fees, program costs and room and board. Additional funds will be donated to the Langbensi Presbyterian Clinic.
This is where you as donors come into the picture. Amanda and I need you to make this project a success and help the people in need in Ghana. If money is a problem, you do not have to donate much or even donate at all. All we are asking for is as much support as you can offer and for you to share this with your friends and family through Facebook and other social networking sites.
Another issue is that often people donate money without knowing exactly what it will be used for. I have thought of a solution to this. Amanda will be sending me weekly blogs to update you and to allow you to see what your money is being used for. I will post these on my blog page. I have already created the first blog post as an overview of Ghana.
Thank you for your support!