Selfless4Africa’s Emerging Leaders Program is implemented in Ghana as the Community Service Awards (CSA).
The 4th edition of S4A’s flagship program is ongoing in Ghana. Hundreds of lives have been positively impacted by the efforts of university students in Ghana over the past 4 years. The goal of the project is to empower youth to be agents of change in Ghana, while also providing much needed improvement in localities across Ghana. This program is implemented in Ghana by The Osei Kusi Foundation. Visit Partner website for application information: http://oseikusifoundation.org/community-service-awards.
The Osei Kusi Foundation has successfully promoted this initiative in Ghana for several years now, helping Selfless4Africa to achieve the objective of this initiative: to spur volunteerism amongst Africa’s youths.
CSA 4 : The Community Service Award 2017
The 2017 installment of the program is ongoing. Winners will be announced in September, with implementation of the program to follow in months thereafter.
CSA 3: The Community Service Award 2016
The ongoing water borehole project in the Duta community, Ghana kicked off during the last quarter of 2016 and is currently halfway completed. The project is being undertaken by a group of students (team Embak) from the Allied University of health sciences. Duta is a community in the Volta region of Ghana bordering the country of Togo in West Africa and has been subject to environmental pollution from industrial quarry activities in the region. Scarcity of potable water is a major problem besetting the community.
Our partners from Osei Kusi Foundation (OKF) were at the project site to inspect the project developments and interact with individuals from the community. The delegation was well received and the community was grateful to the students, to OKF, and to Selfless4Africa for the highly beneficial impact of the project in their community.
CSA 2: The Community Service Award 2015
The Hope for the Future project began in 2015 to equip some patients at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital with bead-stringing skills, so as to enable them to become self-sustained after they are discharged from the hospital. We later decided to go a step further and renovate their defunct Occupation Therapy Unit (OTU) to serve as a production center for the patients. This enabled our trainees to work in comfort.
The team is positive that we will be able to complete the OTU in time so as to have a grand opening of the Unit before the grand finale of the 3rd edition of the Community Service Award. The team has scheduled to have this grand event on the 25th of May which falls on the AU day. We hope to invite dignitaries and representatives from the ministries to witness as we impact lives at the hospital.
After the grand opening of the OTU, the team intends to look for additional sponsorship to fully complete the renovation of the entire building. The team will also discuss with the hospital management to increase the number of trainees so that more lives can be impacted in the hospital. Lastly, we hope to introduce a new vocation that will help give trainees the opportunity to choose an area they are comfortable in.
CSA 1: The Community Service Awards 2014
The winning groups for the first edition of ELP in Ghana were students (SURGE team) from Catholic University Ghana, with a winning proposal to implement a bread bakery in Nanketawa Brong Ahafo, Ghana. The staff that will operate the bakery are women residents from the Nanketawa community. They will be undergoing training on how to run the facility and obtain gainful employment.