Kweli--Volunteer 2nd Trip to Ghana
I am leaving for Ghana around Nov 20th. I am going to volunteer with SISTAWorks, a nonprofit who's mission is to see more of Ghana's adolescent village girls through high school, instead of languishing as menial laborers in city markets and otherwise. What a blessing to witness the empowerment these young women as they take the essential step in breaking the cycle of poverty in rural African communities. I have heard these girls stories first-hand from many of the girl. After visiting with them and their families I know they will not be able to attend high school, if not for the scholarships and support they receive directly from SISTAWorks.
Again, I will be visiting these girls and their families in their villages, selecting the Scholars for the upcoming school year, providing leadership training, and collecting and distributing their personal supplies and resources to them. It's a huge undertaking, and once again, I'm up for the challenge.
While SISTAWorks will cover my travel and host me in the rural villages, I have to cover the hidden expenses of this honor,and would like to support ARTClasses.
How I Got This Opportunity...
Over 10 years ago, I bought a beautiful quilt from Baba Blankets to support an African Collective giving economically marginalized girls an opportunity to change their lives via education. It was this experience which, inspired me to revisit my own family's tradition of quilting. Eventually leading to me designing over 300 African American fabric designs. In fact, this is what brought me to Facebook. Most of you met me through, African American Fabrics. Well, full circle... I am now, honored to spend a month volunteering with Sista Works. If you know me, you know I am filled with the enlighted possibilities of this gift. The gift to learn from and dare to receive continued inspiration, while making a sustainable difference in girls and women lives. Please take a moment and visit their website also- you may be inspired to make a donation to them, as well!!
Love you and Thanks, Kweli
In addition please considering a donation to SistaWORKS or Sponoring a student.
this pass week has been filled seeking out and meeting the young women applying for SistaWORK scholarships.
What I've learned during this process:
Girls applying are as old as 22 yrs
Some of these girls have traveled many miles with no shoes or underwear to apply for assistance from SistaWORKS- basically hitchhiking with strangers
It's not uncommon for these girls to sell and vendor on the streets and in markets after school to save funds for school for years- only to arrive to discover they haven't even saved the minimal registration fee
Many families take out black market loans to send girls to school-- and, suffer from threats and beating when not repaid
If these girls aren't in school, they will be married off
School is the only place many of these girls are guaranteed food and shelter
Attending school is an honor, not taken for granted
These girls are truly Sista!!!! They love and support each other.
My first day at both the Bogiss and ZUHUS Secondary Schools was truly inspiring. Here I am sharing photos from ZUHUS. I met some of the amazing students, and witnessed firsthand their incredibly challenging environment. Everone I've met is thankful the continued sponsorship of the SISTAWorks donors and the opportunity provided these girls-- their deserved privilege to study without economic worry.
I truly believe it's life changing to have my worldview inflluenced through the hearts of these strong girls and their supporting community.
In reflection, I am reminded how much we already know of the common challenges all young girls around the world encounter (including the girls in the United States). We all know that educating a girl is one of the best investments we can make in her family, community/village, and country. We know that a good quality education can go a long way toward partnering with them in the development of their own full potential- hence, putting them on a path for success in their life.
This investment is the ultimate kick-starter!! The more we educated girls, the best chance we have for an high breed community investment is promised, since the chances of the results of this investment going back into their families and communities is likely the result--and, we give girls a better chance to play a more active roles in leading their communities/villages and countries.
Please consider a donation to www.sistaworks.org today, and/or make a contribution to my trip at www.gofundme.com/kwelitoghana
Today, I learned there is a need for me to extend my trip. SO, looks like I am going to be there until around mid Dec.
I also, just purchased some international travel items:
Month supply of repellant (scary stuff-but, needed)
Water sanitizing equipment
First aid kit
Extra supply of my prescriptions
Powered Protein meal Supplements
Thanks for everything!!!