The Impact Award

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The Impact Award program was a grant designed to empower like-minded individuals or organizations in the United States to work towards changing the plight of the underprivileged in Africa. Ideal candidates either had partially undertaken the proposed project in Africa or had actionable plans to do so. Candidates were to complete an application describing their plans for positively impacting lives and/or empowering the youths in any segment of Africa of their choosing.

Three finalists presented their projects at our Annual Benefit Gala, and the winning candidate that proposes the best idea for a charitable project was chosen by S4A members and gala guests. S4A then allocated $3000 toward implementing the winning project. S4A disbursed funds in three installments, as each agreed upon benchmark was met.

Meet the inspiring Winner of the 2015 Impact Award, Alexandria (Missy) Smith.

Missy is from College Park, Georgia, a Georgia State Alumni (Anthropology Degree), who joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer and has been living in Nyankrom Village – Shama District of Western Ghana.

Through the S4A Impact Award funds, Missy plans on preserving the health of up to 5,000 youth, pregnant women, newly mothers, adolescents, infants and children in this village. Missy used the funds to complete the building of a clinic in Nyankrom called the CHPS Compound (Community-Based Health Planning Services). This health clinic will bring preventive and immediate care, as well as counseling, family planning, health education, to children, community members and adolescents.