Girls' Empowerment Camp in Ghana
I received a Legacy Grant for my project with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative in Humjibre, a small village in the Western Region of Ghana. The Grant helped enable my team of six U.S. volunteers and me to create a Girls’ Empowerment Camp for 14- to 18-year-olds this past July.
I thought the overall program went really well. My goals regarding female empowerment certainly shifted as I spent more time in Humjibre and began to understand the community and the culture. I can say with confidence that our camp was a success. The girls were eager to get started, sometimes showing up to our sessions hours early! Their talk of their future goals inspired all of us. I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this adventure.
I am a woman for others because I recognize that life has blessed me with privileges that I used to uplift community members in need. I firmly believe that education is the most powerful tool for personal growth; I was happy to share that passion with young women who shared a similar outlook on life and had goals to match their mindset.
Upon returning to the States, I was aware that my project alone would not change the systemic issues at the root cause of the inequity that caused the need for a program like this in the first place. However, I am proud to be part of a bigger movement striving for restorative justice through equal opportunities. My restlessness and the humility I felt while working on the project are both motivating me to continue supporting the girls of Humjibre in any way I can.
—Paola Cisneros '15