The Future of Ghana (FoG), a registered charity has held a virtual programme for its volunteers across the globe.
The Chief Executive Officer of FoG, Mr Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka spoke on how the Covid-19 pandemic has provided many with more time to reflect on how to make an impact.
According to him, the pandemic has stimulated many,in particular Diasporans, to seek and find a sense of identity that can lead them to volunteer. These volunteering activities include lending their skills and talent to businesses or simply, to help people.
He went on to say that the Future of Ghana believes strongly in their volunteer programme. In the past, and to date, the volunteer programme has helped to change the lives of many people both the beneficiaries of volunteering and volunteers.
The programme was led by Volunteer Programme Manager Irene Mensa-Bonsu and her team Stephanie Otuo-Acheampong and Eleanor Opoku.
About Future of Ghana
We connect people with opportunities to collaborate with Ghanaians at home. We do this in two ways, facilitating short-term community-based volunteering and via skilled volunteering; matching young professionals with specific needs, industries and organisations in Ghana
Below are examples of some key pieces of volunteering work we have coordinated to date.
Pathways To Success Volunteer Programme
In 2019/2020 our volunteer programme themed ‘Pathways to Success’ was delivered in 2 schools in Tema, Ghana December 30th 2019 and January 6th 2020. The programme saw the participation of Future Stars Charity, 27 volunteers and 7 keynote speakers who we united over two separate days to deliver fun, educational, practical yet engaging workshop sessions to 99 marginalised children during their Christmas vacation in Ghana.
Future of Ghana’s Youth – Policy Brief
Prior to the formal inception of Future of Ghana as a charity, the founding seeds were laid through an annual volunteering project which took place in Ghana during the Christmas holiday period.
Coordinated by a group of like-minded young people – led by our Founder Arnold – the project named W.A.M (What About Me) Campaign took place between 2010-2014. During this period, the project was evaluated and directly facilitated over 1,100 hours of volunteering in Ghana since 2011, with over 78 participants from 7 different countries.
Unbeknownst, these seeds provided invaluable lessons in relation to youth & Diaspora mobilisation and migration. The results from evaluations were reviewed, analysed and led to the drafting of the following youth policy brief.