September 21st being Founders Day and a holiday, also happens to be National Volunteer Day in Ghana (NV DAY); an initiative of Ghana Think Foundation, geared towards encouraging Ghanaians to take up the attitude of volunteerism. National Volunteer Day is characterized by so many freewill events and activities happening around the entire country by individuals and groups, ranging from blood donation, clean-up exercises, improving a school structure, teaching a skill to orphanage visits and donations.
Young Africans for Opportunities – KNUST being a group of volunteers’ with the same interest to effect change in our communities decided to join an activity; cleaning up and painting the Community Special Vocational School for the intellectually disabled at Kotei-Deduako for this year’s National Volunteers/Founders Day Celebration.
The Adehyee Leo Club, Rotary Club of Kumasi, Initiative for Social Change, Leading Ladies’ Network-Kumasi Chapter and Youth Opportunities participated in the clean-up and painting exercise as well.
volunteers having fun during painting and clean up exercise
At 9:00am, Mr. Sarfo divided the participants into teams making the workload smaller. As the men were mowing, the ladies were sweeping and collecting the rubbish to the refuse dump. Also, another team of men busied themselves painting the dormitories, bead work class, carpentry class, textiles class and were later joined by some ladies. When the work was completed, all participants presented their donations to the school and we were refreshed with water, sobolo, meat pie and kenkey with fish.
volunteers exhibiting their painting skills
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Thanks to everyone who came out to give their time freely because they wanted to and not because they were forced to volunteer. Keep doing what you can to make the nation a better place.
The Autism community is located at Kotei-Deduako in the Ashanti Region, pass by and show them love: For they are humans, just Autistic. Your efforts are appreciated.
presenting gifts to Autism school
#WEAREYAFO #NVDAY19 #VOLUNTEERINGH
Stephanie Efua Yamoah
She is the Ambassador and President for Young Africans for Opportunities at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).