Voices from Our Community

Mensah Gyapong

 

Mensah is the Health Program Administrator for GHEI.  He is originally from Soroano and was instrumental in founding GHEI's Malaria Prevention program.

 

"I think about how GHEI has helped my home, Soroano, so much, and then I think about the other places that need our help. I think the future for GHEI is that we help new communities.  Like Dansokrom, it is a small community, but there they have a small lake. Mosquitos like still water, so all the problems we had in Soroano and in Humjibre, they are having now in Dansokrom.  Who will help them?  I think we should.”

Christina Gyenning

 

Christina was a teacher with GHEI, both in the ECL and YEP program.  She was crucial in developing GHEI’s Girls Empowerment program.

 

"I also feel great about Girl’s Empowerment at GHEI.  Let me give myself as an example: When I completed JHS, my grades were good enough for SHS but my father’s friend tried to discourage him from sending me to school because I am a girl and the only way I could produce was through childbirth, not education.  We’ve noticed nowadays that women can also work and get the same positions as the men.  What men can do, women can also do.  So Girls Empowerment exposes girls like me to this idea and encourages education."

Christina Gyenning

 

Christina was a teacher with GHEI, both in the ECL and YEP program.  She was crucial in developing GHEI’s Girls Empowerment program.

 

"I also feel great about Girl’s Empowerment at GHEI.  Let me give myself as an example: When I completed JHS, my grades were good enough for SHS but my father’s friend tried to discourage him from sending me to school because I am a girl and the only way I could produce was through childbirth, not education.  We’ve noticed nowadays that women can also work and get the same positions as the men.  What men can do, women can also do.  So Girls Empowerment exposes girls like me to this idea and encourages education."

Samuel Godfred Brown

 

Samuel Godfred Brown grew up in Humjibre, and was one of the first students to receive a Senior High School Scholarship from GHEI. He completed High School in the city of Kumasi, and then returned to Humjibre to volunteer for GHEI, first helping in the tutoring center, and then teaching both YEP and ECL classes.

 

“Since I’ve been teaching my mind has changed. It keeps my mind active always and it boosts my morale to teach like this. I think it is because of working here at GHEI I want to continue being a teacher.”

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Photo copyright ©Ghana Health and Education Initiative 2016 and ©Rohit Lakhani for Photographers Without Borders 2015

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