Tuesday, 3 February 2015


Another week has begun and we are all feeling the heat. Seeing an end to the Harmattan (the dry, dusty season) means it is getting hotter, but Ghanaians have warned that the temperature has not yet reached its peak.  The Creating Change Office has already experienced several power cuts – living without Wi-Fi is one thing but it takes some adjusting without the fan! We also have a new addition to our team; a kettle. So tea, coffee and of course Milo all round!

We kicked off the week with a visit to Tamale Islamic Senior High School and sat in on a Girls Club Meeting, which was delivered by the Creating Change interns. It was the first of the 14 planned, introducing the Creating Change Organisation to the students. Self-confidence was then the focus of the workshop, where the students addressed what inhibited their self-esteem and how to tackle it.

Jelila, being passionate, confident and motivational, is an excellent role model for the students.

It was a surprise to discover that these disciplined and attentive students were as young as 13 years of age. Despite the fact that some students lacked confidence, every student stood up to answer questions and participated within the lesson.

Steering the girls away from traditional stereotypes, Eunice, the Sponsorship Officer, inspiringly expressed “when someone says you can’t do something, do it and prove them wrong’. She spoke of the happiness she feels to see sponsored students growing up to become doctors, nurses and teachers. She reminded the girls that they are the ones ‘creating change’ and to remember that, actually, “the sky is not the limit – it’s just the beginning”.

“If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation” – James Aggrey, (he’s Ghanaian!)

         The Creating Change Team celebrating Traditional Friday – some people need to catch up! 

Every Friday Ghanaians dress in traditional fabrics as a way of preserving their culture. The nationally celebrated day began as a way of shifting income from foreign and second hand clothing to increase the income of seamstresses and the fabric printing industry.

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