by Flavia Abrokwa
Where do I start? Let me give you a bit of background on myself.
I was born in Italy to Ghanaian parents. I’ve always been in tune with my roots.
Living in a challenging country that was still getting used to immigrants I always warmed up to anything that helped my parent’s country as I identified myself more of an African.
I’ve always been sceptical of certain charity organizations that have raised money and gave promises that the receiving countries have never seen materialize. Because of that I’ve always been reluctant to donate to TV ads or get fully involved.
They say if you don’t like how things are, do something about it. This is exactly what I decided to do. I thought I might not be this massive organization yet, but how about I start small – I love kids I love what schools do for them, how positive teachers can be and I love the massive impact investing in the youth benefits society, so I decided to target my generosity towards schools, kids and teachers.
Why the name Sister for Life?
I thought how relatable would it be to describe the love of a sibling in my name, I’m a sister myself and the love I have for my younger sister is a nurturing caring one, I’m here to support and also to have a laugh with. This is exactly how I want my organization to come across, when people relate the experiences they’ve had with me and others involve I want the words Loving, Caring and Exciting to Echo.
Go Fund Me campaign
So January time thanks to a group of ladies I associate myself with , I decided I wouldn’t delay anymore with my idea of helping children. “There’s more happiness in giving than in receiving”- Acts 20:35
I knew I couldn’t do it on my own, intentions where good but the fund to do it all wasn’t there.
Gofundme.com is a perfect platform for people to raise money for good personal cause and gets the word out easily and professionally. All I really needed was 300 pounds so there it was on a page explaining my mission and asking for friends and family help to achieve it.
Mr Philip Poku reached out to me five weeks prior to my trip. He mentioned how touched and inspired he was by this movement, expressing how he had been looking for new causes to support. To my disbelieve he offered to match the donation I needed, which meant I could buy and provide more goods for two additional schools, as well as donate and support activities. He donated £300 on behalf of the Young Graduates Day Nursery, which was founded by Mr Philip Poku at the age of 22. His vision is to ‘Nurture Tomorrow’s Leaders’. Seven years on, Philip Poku has opened 3 more childcare settings.
The word says ‘Commit your works to the Lord, and a plan will be established’.
I hope he knows how that email made me believe in what I can do – he inspired me to push through to make my goal possible.
I started an Instagram page and pushed my message across.
My message: “my goal is to take a suitcase full of books pens colours anything a child would use and enjoy alongside funds to donate to schools for repairs or any activities needed”
The help was almost instant with 4 weeks over 33 individuals helped me raise the money, books where donated and money was the use to buy packs to give to individuals.
So amazing I will forever be grateful for every pound and kind word I’ve received.
Then the Ghana ticket was officially booked *screams*
March/April 2016 trip to Ghana
So we decided to take it to Ghana, it was the most eye opening and touching experience I’ve ever experience and going personally was key.
First stop thanks to a friend’s suggestion I visited a nursery called TINY ANGELS in the capital ACCRA. So cute! Their pink uniforms was adorable and the workers were very friendly, they welcomed me and praised me which was slightly embarrassing – I don’t do well with compliments.
They were surprised someone on holiday would randomly pop up with stuff to donate out of the blue, no strings attached contacts and emails was exchanged and we intend to keep in contact for future exciting plans.
On the way home I was regularly bumping into street kids some didn’t even have shoes, I had a bag full of packs as the school didn’t need all the ones I had so a spontaneous decision was made to just start giving them out to any kids I came across within the matter of 10 minutes I tiny crowd started to form around me all asking for pencils so they can use it to study and draw.
It was a very overwhelming moment as I realised how simple things can make such a massive impact on these little children. All I kept hearing was “God bless you Miss” priceless moments I will cherish for life.
In a world where so many people are ungrateful this trip thought me a valuable lesson as to how we need to value what we currently have.
Few days later I manage to get a trip Accra neighbouring town Koforidua, which also happens to be where my grandfather is from.
First stop was a school in mile 50. The headteacher Agnes was more than surprise yet again a grateful face welcomed and hugged me, commended me for the initiative and appreciated the donation and packs.
We manage to go in the classes and see the focus and seriousness of the students and how much they valued education.
Last stop was a Anglican primary school , this school was the one that needed help the most. It was heartbreaking for me. By the time I reached them, my resources where limited but I manage to give every book and pack I had left to them , and they were so thankful! My promise to them is that I would return in future and I vow to keep it.
I shared all the pencils I had left and distributed it amongst the classes the teacher was also explaining to me how much the students that attend are in need of help but highlighted how smart and creative they where.
Overall I’ve had the most amazing time and plan to carry on with this journey, god has truly blessed my initiative and efforts to help one another, and I hope I’ve inspired others to do the same.
Our motto is: “Making a difference one step at a time”
No matter how big or small your will to help someone else is and no matter how little or how much you can give we can all have a impact in someone else life.