In 2012 ‘Tina travelled to Ghana, West Africa to undertake charity work with a NGO rescuing children from slavery and then providing them with a home an education.
While there, she became friends with local trader, Frederick Kennedy, and returned a year later to travel Ghana extensively with him. ‘Tina chose to travel like a local, with a local, to gain a greater understanding of the wonderful people, culture and history of Ghana.
This was when ‘Tina realised the lasting impact that educating just one person can make for generations to come.
Today, ‘Tina is the Ambassador for the Africa Sunrise Foundation – a Non-Governmental Organisation which empowers youth through education by:
- Allowing access to education for all
- Providing school environments that are physically safe, with access to sanitary facilities and clean water (see the excitement when, in less than 2 months, we brought water to Proud Academy School)
- Improving hygiene, including teaching the health benefits of handwashing (watch Abundant Grace’s Handwashing song)
- Fitting out school canteens so all children can have one substantial meal a day
- Making books, educational equipment and computers available to all kids and their community
- Providing educational sponsorship to vulnerable children who are at risk of being sold into hard labour or the sex industry.
Knowing how lack of toilets stops girls of menstruating age from attending classes, ‘Tina is raising awareness and donating a portion of the income she earns from her workshops and speaking and coaching engagements to build toilets and eradicate Open Defecation in Ghanaian Schools.
‘Tina would love to speak to you about life in Ghana, and the the surprising benefits (beyond health) of bringing toilets to the 2 out 0f 5 Ghanaian Schools currently practicing Open Defecation.
Wish to see how ‘Tina links her business purpose with giving back? She talks about it in detail in her interview with Leanne Blaney of the Ignite Your Life Podcast.
Please get in touch with ‘Tina if you would like her to speak to your Organisation or if you can offer your skills, contacts or financial aid to #MSHinGhana.