As her Advancing Leaders Fellowship comes to a close, 2013 fellow and SIT Graduate Institute alumna Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie reflects on her nine-month partnership with World Learning.
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” — Henri Frederic Amiel
World Learning has accomplished a great and noble task by helping Enlightening and Empowering People with Disabilities in Africa (EEPD AFRICA) to accomplish our small tasks. We have gone very far in this journey and celebrate our little victories. We are very thankful to World Learning for investing in us. Soon, our nine-month partnership through World Learning’s Advancing Leaders Fellowship will end, but we will continue our projects and show our gratitude through our future accomplishments.
As we say in my Ewe language “ne etsoe do klotevinu la Mawu atsoe ado ta nawo,” which literally means, “when you raise the burden to your knee level, the Almighty God will raise it to your head.” World Learning raised our projects to our knee level, now the ball is in our court.
Right now, the situation seems to be a double-edged sword. We will face new challenges without having World Learning’s direct involvement moving forward, but we have matured as an independent organization. We will do our best to keep the fire burning as we perform our duties diligently and passionately as if we just received the call to serve.
For EEPD AFRICA, we are striving to make the change happen as fast as possible so that we can move from our initial goal of changing the building plan of Ghanaian schools to other pressing issues:
- Retrofitting Adoagyiri school to make it a model school.
- Establishing an accessible School Environment Award for contractors and proprietors.
- Finding support for some of the children with disabilities—Kelvin, Owusu, Mabena, Umaru, and more—who need the financial backing to match their determination.
- Continue using media to educate the public and put an end to the stigmatization and marginalization of persons with disabilities.
- Promoting legal methods for dealing with individuals guilty of discriminating against persons with disabilities.
Change is often frightening and that is why it must come gradually. Knowing this, we strategize to make meaningful change over time. We are very dedicated to retrofitting a school and making it accessible to persons with disabilities, because it will serve as a model school that can show change is possible and beneficial to us all. We have formed building committee among the stakeholders in the Nsawam/Adoagyirie Municipality and are well poised to make this happen.
We hope to have more donors who will continue the work that World Learning has started by investing in us. We hope to change more lives as somebody has already done for Umaru, who no longer has to crawl to his future (he can now wheel to his future). Video
Please, come on board to help push others forward. Get started by visiting our website. Thank you all.
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