Introducing myself and my journal

Nana Amponsah
Posted September 2, 2014 from Ghana

About Me:It was a Monday morning when Mr. Adams, our teacher entered, we all stood to respond to his greeting as was the culture. Lessons began as usual. “A doctor, Engineer, lawyer were the chorus answers to his single question, what is your dream job? As he walked towards me, he asked, what about you Nana? Air hostess. I answered. Did I know who an airhostess was? No, I had only seen a picture of an air hostess in a book my grandfather bought for me and I wanted to be like her because she was fashionable and classy.

As a child who didn't get the educational opportunities my friends in the cities had, I made up my mind not to let the next generation be victims of circumstances, so I founded a project called “pupils world' with the aim of bridging the wide gap between rural and urban education which is currently running successfully with the help of my team under my umbrella organisation DIF. DIF in collaboration with the Ghana Library Authority provide rural pupils some of whom have never seen computer with practical lessons on reading and computer. Due to this project, I travel to many villages and this has helped me to know the basic need of human, food which is mostly produced from the farm. But the question is how do we provide this need when we all want fashionable and classy jobs, when we all want white collar jobs?

One afternoon, I stood and watched foodstuffs being off loaded from a Kumasi (city) van in Nerebehi village where we went to do feasibility study on our project. The answer to my “why” brought childhood memories where most of my mates and I wanted nothing to do with the plagues of farming because we saw it as low class,for the poor and illiterates. On our way back to Accra at about 11 pm, we witnessed a scene which was reported in the following morning's newspapers. Apparently the young women we saw that night were arrested for transacting illegal business (Prostitution).To my amazement four of them were university graduates. Immediately, I realized education alone could not do the trick as I linked it to the answer I got from the village “the youth don't want to farm so they go to Kumasi to earn a living”. Of course! Man must survive, but how ? So I decided to tackle the “how.”

 In my search to acquire knowledge and skills to tackle the how, I came into contact with kanthari, an international institution that provides springboard for social visionaries to transform concepts and conventions. At one of the sessions called concept transformation, I realised I could do more to bring social change in Ghana. With Gandhi’s quote in mind, I decided to be the change I want to see in the world by first, changing my own mindset by volunteering to organisations who are into farming. This was not only to get the experience but also to know how farming can provide jobs for young women through its value chain at the same time providing food for the poor and hungry. Tulime is the outcome of this concept transformation. Tulime is an organisation that seeks to transform the mindset of young women graduates on farming by equipping them with skills and knowledge to be able to start their own farm business.  A Ghana where the young woman graduate embraces farming as a means to sustainable livelihood is my dream.

My Passions:sharing ideas,travelling,counselling

My Challenges:overworking,inability to speak more languages

My Vision for the Future:Is to see young women embracing farming as a means to sustainable livelihood.

My Areas of Expertise:NGO Mangement,Project Management

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Kika Katchunga
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 02, 2014

Welcome to our world community. It's so good to have you with us. Here you will find the other person who raises their powerful voices among sharing their dreams and their vision as .Either free because the door is wide open for you as your job and your newspaper commentary. Again the Welcome

Nana Amponsah
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 03, 2014

Dear Sylvie, Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I believe together we can achieve more.

Best Regards Nana

Ashley Turner
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 04, 2014

Good day Nana-Adjoa,

First off, I'd like to say how impressed I am by your critical thinking skills. At such a young age you were able to not only forge plans but ask the underlining questions that needed to be asked about the cycle of poverty. I just finished up a graduate program in international development and the main thing that was stressed when approaching social change is to always examine all sides to a situation. We are lucky to have you in the World Pulse community for idea exchange. Welcome and if you have any questions, I would be happy to help you. I think the resource page would benefit from a link to the organizations you are involved with. Again, thank you for you unique input.

Best, Ashley

Nana Amponsah
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 04, 2014

Ashley,

Thank you so much for your warm welcome. I really appreciate.

Ashley Turner
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 06, 2014

Hello Nana-Adjoa,

I saw this table and thought of your work: http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1103/agriculture/flash.html

Best, Ashley

Nana Amponsah
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 06, 2014

Hi Ashley, Awwww,thanks so much. It was very helpful.I'm grateful

Regards Nana

Tan Ching
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014

Welcome to be part of the team of volunteers, together here. It's great.

Nana Amponsah
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014

Thanks Poh. I appreciate your warm welcome. Nana

Fatima Waziri - Azi
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 24, 2014

Hey there! Welcome to Worldpulse community!

You are now part of a thriving network of grassroots women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you.

Nana Amponsah
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 24, 2014

Dear Fatima, Thank you on my second welcome....I really appreciate... Regards Nana