The Abiola Bawuah Foundation (ABF), a non-profit organization aimed at promoting the education and overall academic excellence of brilliant but needy students, has reiterated its commitment to supporting a 100 girls in rural Ghana under the 100 Girls Support Project.
The 100 Girls Support Project is aimed at supporting 10 girls in the then 10 regions of Ghana, however, following the creation of the extra 6 regions, the foundation announced its intention to increase the number from a 100 to 200.
Currently, the foundation has supported 70 girls from the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central and Volta regions under the project. The remaining 30 are expected to receive theirs when schools reopen after the COVID-19 restrictions are eased. The educational support is targeted at girls in both Junior and Senior High Schools as well as Tertiary institutions.
Addressing the press in Accra, Elizabeth Hayfron-Asare, Chairperson for the foundation revealed that the foundation is currently supporting two medical students to further their education as well as five physically challenged girls. “If we say we are sponsoring the girls, it is not just basic school. We sponsor them right through to tertiary but they are expected to keep their grades up,” she said.
On her part, Nkechi Akunyili, a Trustee of the foundation noted that the foundation believes in transforming the lives of young girls through educational support and mentorship. She said this will go a long way to transform the country.
“The women that have impacted lives are a lot but there are still potentials out there that we are losing every day and that is why we cannot joke about what we are actually doing. We are at 70 but we want to get to 200 even by next year because there is the need to do more,” she assured.
Also present was Nana Hemaa Adwoa Awindor, another Trustee, who said: “It will be good that this gesture, in a number of years, a number of girls can say that without ABF I wouldn’t have been where I am. Somebody can refer to this support and support somebody. Our intention is to support a generation to support another generation.”
She added that “It will be good that this gesture, in a number of years, a number of girls can say that without ABF I wouldn’t have been where I am. Somebody can refer to this support and support somebody. Our intention is to support a generation to support another generation.”