I remember preparing for my first trip to Ghana back in 2006. I only had to buy clothing and gifts for seven children. Thirteen years later I find myself packing and preparing back to school items for close to one hundred children. Box after box of bright colored clothing has been arriving from Amazon because we have so many awesome donors who are committed to the cause. I will never grow weary of packing and weighing trunks for the Touch A Life children in Ghana. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for the village of supporters who make all this possible.
This month we will be highlighting the students who will be returning to college this fall. I am so proud of their accomplishments and how they are maturing into well respected leaders. Currently we have twelve students who are on a college track and last year was a learning experience for us all. The biggest lesson we learned was the need to add a full-time staff position to mentor and offer support while this group is navigating their new adventure.
I am happy to announce Esther Yankyera has been hired to be the Mentorship Director for the college students. Esther will be responsible to assist and prepare our group of twelve to stay academically focused while overseeing their health and wellness living on a college campus. The mentorship program will be launched this fall to help support each child with resources, accountability, and one on one encouragement to achieve their goals. I am so excited to welcome Esther to the team and I look forward to working alongside her as this model is fleshed out. I am confident that this new program will be a key component preparing our graduates for future employment and launching them into independent living.
Wheels up on Friday as I head to Ghana to pass out back to school goodies and meet the three new children who recently came to live at the care center.
Love never divides, it only multiplies.