ENTREPRENEUR, PHILANTHROPIST, GLOBAL PEACE AMBASSADOR, MARKETER
This topic is very close to my heart and one that completely changed the way I view homelessness or the underprivileged overall. My name is Abena Yeboah, a student of Curtin University Malaysia and a Ghanaian. Growing up, I didn’t get things handed to me on a silver platter. Especially residing with a relative, pretty much away from my parents. I used to walk miles to school. I fainted on several occasions in school due to hunger and some of my friends made fun of me because of my tart uniform and shoes. So believe me when I say I know what others go through especially children on the streets who have been left alone to care for themselves or parents who sincerely do not have enough to take care of them. I had the desire to help but I didn’t know how to go about it until I had a dream one day which was sort of a revelation of a school boy in need of exercise books because his mother couldn’t afford it. And that birthed my first project i.e donating books and stationeries to the pupils of Victory Presby Basic School in Ashaiman, Ghana. The next thing I did was to host The Pathfinders Summit on the Theme « Finding your Purpose » to educate these kids and the general public on how they can identify their purpose in life through education, that is schooling, the biblical way. My recent project which I partnered with Ramaplast to make school bags for children in underprivileged communities was also inspired by my childhood traumas; example walking in the rain to school and getting my books or bag soaked. Ramaplast's mission is making bags out of empty sachet rubbers which serves as a waterproof lining. Everyone gives back differently, and I encourage you to give. The way you give is your own business; I’m not here to judge. If you don’t give money to the homeless, I will still love you.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
When I started Education Hub Ghana which was the first The Pathfinders Organization in 2019, I was funding all the projects myself along with some close relatives. This is the first time I am ever seeking support from the general public so I am yet to experience some of the difficulties NGO’s go through in raising monies for their projects but then again, in general, I know it is not easy getting people to actually support NGOs and humanitarians so that is a general challenge we all face.
What books are you currently reading?
Currently, I am working on finishing my novel which is titled « GOJU ». I have been working on it for years, 7 years if I am being precise.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
My advice to upcoming humanitarians, NGO’s and entrepreneurs is that; it only gets worse so it would get better so don’t give up. Don’t give up on your passion, don’t give up on your dedication to put a smile on someone else’s face. Mostly, it seems as if no one is acknowledging your hard work; not that you are sitting around waiting for someone to award you for your dedication but a little pat on the back goes a long way to further inspire your vision. So keep pushing and surely, our father in heaven who sees everything and knows everything will reward your good work.
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