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Solutions for Life Initiative Ghana

About

Solutions for Life Initiative Ghana is a grassroot organization, our volunteer and internship program is an initiative to help connect passionate individuals and groups who seek to make a difference in the life of people whiles discovering themselves to the very people whose lives and well-being depends on it where the volunteer achieves more than they give.

We seek to use this opportunity to help reduce female absenteeism in schools due to the lack of sanitary towels during their menstrual cycle. We help provide sanitary pads to help girls stay in school.

To volunteer in Ghana there is nothing like a “best time” Every day of the year is just the right opportunity to make an impact whiles enjoying the Ghanaian hospitality.

We have programs ranging from Child care, orphanage work, medical care, creative art, working with the intellectual disable and rehabilitation program. Volunteers are hosted by families that we have vetted and know their credibility for comfort and security.

Website
www.sflig.org
Founded
2011
Headquarters

Box M.D 2504
Madina – Accra
Ghana

Sanitary Towels to Keep girls in School

According to UNICEF report, most girls from rural communities and poor homes in Ghana miss 5days of school every month because they can't afford a sanitary towel. This affect their academics and also their confidence. We as an organization has embark on sanitary towel donation to the communities we put volunteers. Volunteers signing up with us means a girl who have the privilege of being in school for an academic term

Reviews

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Dave
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with this facility was tremendous, from the staff to the children they take care of. They have a lot of challenges but face them and take care of the children. The love and respect that the children showed has impacted my heart for years to come.The staff was extraordinary in welcoming me to the facility, very awesome place.We brought hygiene supplies which were very badly needed and the girls were so receptive and thankful all of the children that were in class were combined with 2 grade levels due to a lack of space and even as difficult as that sounds they had paid teachers for all levels to accomplish this and they were amazing to bring me in and introduce me and the children were very thankful for me just being there. The love that showed me at all levels was phenomenal and will impact my heart forever.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come and be a part in the lives of these children so many needs but so few workers they need support in areas of classroom space teaching and many other areas. Come and let your lives be impacted.
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Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Words cannot describe how life changing my experience in Ghana was. The support I received, the warm welcoming, the friendly people, and most importantly, the sweetest kids. Being in Future Stars Organization through SFLIG was the best decision I ever made, so happy with the outcome and how I was able to help them, because they extremely need our help. Hopefully I will be coming back soon!

Words cannot describe how life changing my experience in Ghana was. The support I received, the warm welcoming, the friendly people, and most importantly, the sweetest kids. Being in Future Stars Organization through SFLIG was the best decision I ever made, so happy with the outcome and how I was able to help them, because they extremely need our help. Hopefully I will be coming back soon!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Please don’t hesitate! Go open hearted and enjoy all the happiness from these kids!
Ele
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program surpassed all my expectations!
Amazing place where a few local people are creating magic for almost 100 orphan kids. Working with children is pure pleasure as their desire to study and finding out new things is indescribable. During all my stay, I was taken care by the host family who took care I would always feel safe and satisfied, and showed the most beautiful places in Ghana.
The orphanage is a wonderful program with positive children who are eager to learn and dedicated teachers who know what they are doing. I cannot wait to come back.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish this program would be advertised more so the volunteers visited this place more frequently as it very sincere, rewarding and would never disappoint.
Caitlin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 2 weeks in Ghana where I stayed with Sally and her lovely family.
During my time there, I was able to work at a Mental Rehabilitation Centre, Anwiam Clinic and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The program was tailored to my experiences and interests so I was really able to get the most out of being there. The residents of the rehabilitation centre were so grateful for a new face and someone to take an interest in them and their lives, and it was so eye-opening to get an insight into the Ghanaian mental health system, an insight that only could have come from the hands-on experience enabled by this program. The nurses and other staff at Anwiam Clinic were also the kindest people I have met, eager to make me feel welcome and teach me everything I wanted to know that was in my remit of clinical capability. The time I spent at the KATH was also very valuable, as I was able to work on the emergency resus ward which was also being used as an ICU overflow facility. There, under the supervision of the deputy ward manager, I was assigned my very own patient who had been involved in a road traffic accident. I had to check vitals regularly, administer medications, change the drip when needed, empty his catheter bag and even use a suction machine to respirate sputum to ensure that he didn't choke. Every healthcare professional I came into contact with, including other volunteers, was so supportive and happy to teach me. I got so much more out of two weeks in Ghana than I could have got out of a practical work placement here in the UK, and the exposure really consolidated the fact that I want to be a nurse, so I am now heading to university in September to study adult nursing with a view to using this clinical knowledge to contribute to the health of many different patients around the world.
As a culture, people were so friendly, and it is common practice for them to share with you their food, company and language (people love it even if you just say 'medase' which is 'thankyou' in Twi). This was the case with Sally and her family; they were so hospitable and went above and beyond to ensure I was safe and happy, advising me on the best way to spend my weekends and helping me to organise an Easter celebration dinner for the residents of the rehabilitation centre.
There is so much more I could say but overall, I really had an amazing time and came back a better person than when I went, and I really do feel that my time spent in Ghana altered my perspective which has already influenced decisions in my life and will continue to do so in the future.

Fathin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a great and memorable experience for me. Sally was very helpful of my welfare and hospitality from the moment I sat foot in Ghana. I did the medical placement in Anwiam Clinic in Kumasi. The clinic staffs and doctors were so friendly and taught me a lot of things related to medical practice. I also had the opportunity to deliver a baby which was quite exciting for a first timer. It's ambitious to say that I hope all medical students/graduates should experience working in Africa, but really, the experience was priceless.

What would you improve about this program?
Visit to the needy in secluded area to help in managing the sick and the poor.

Programs

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sally Anokye Yeboah

Job Title
Volunteer Director
Sally is an energetic young lady who has a strong passion for youth development issues with particular attention on women and girls. She is in charge of volunteer enquirers, processing volunteer applications as well as coordinating volunteer activities including sightseeing.

Having volunteered with both national and international organizations has given her the in-depth knowledge and understanding of volunteer's needs and concerns especially first time travelers.
Sally Anokye Yeboah

What is your favorite travel memory?

During a summit in South Africa in 2010, I happened to share ideas with some renowned women activists on ways to empower and support women. This helped me birth my organization, which seeks to support women.

This summit was about fighting violence against women using the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as a spotlight to get us in front of the world. Being at such an event during the World Cup was just a dream come through.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Starting an organization from the grassroots to work for people at the grassroots has been a big experience. I have learned to know people and understand people base on their demography.

Organizing and designing tailored made projects and travel plans for volunteers has been rewarding. Also, having to be available 24/7 to attend to volunteer enquirers and concerns has helped me to be very resilient.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A quote from one of the volunteers:

"I got so much more out of two weeks in Ghana than I could have got out of a practical work placement here in the UK, and the exposure really consolidated the fact that I want to be a nurse, so I am now heading to university in September to study adult nursing with a view to using this clinical knowledge to contribute to the health of many different patients around the world."

Caitlin from UK

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Our creative art project which works on the creativity and the Intelligence quotient of children and persons with special needs is one project so dear to my heart.

I believe every child with or without a disability has the potential to create something when given the opportunity. Also, my love to use colours, music, and drama makes me love this project.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are a people centred organisation which believes in teamwork to achieve the common goal of connecting volunteers to projects where volunteers get a life changing experience whilst they impact the lives of people whose lives depends on it.

Also, volunteering with us means that you are helping to keep a girl in school through our sanitary towel project.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe, for an organisation to be successful, they should have the welfare of their members at heart. The organisation should be focus on their policies and goals.

It should have a leader who brings the good in each team member and build up their capacity, which in effect will boost the morale of the people to work and bring out their best.