We are delighted to share a blog written by Abrabor Pa, a team from Fatih Montessori School, Ghana delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
it was a wonderful eye-opener that has definitely benefited us all
We realised that malaria and cholera are the prevailing diseases in Mallam. Having experienced malaria at least once in our lives, we decided that if we can, we must do something to prevent others from getting malaria.
On the morn of the 4th of January, the members of Abrabor Pa conveyed to Faith Montessori School and made our way to our chosen location, the Mallam station. After introducing ourselves and our mission in English, Twi and Ga, we got to working. We swept and gathered trash and dug up weeds. We educated the people on malaria and cholera; their causes, treatment and prevention. After our clean-up, we handed out mosquito nets to the people around; however, our main targets were pregnant women and mothers because they were the ones who were at a high risk of suffering from the diseases.
“Let us join hands to keep our environment clean, the only way to eliminating cholera and malaria from our communities” was our main message. In our campaign, passengers, hawkers, commercial drivers and shop attendants were educated on the causes, symptoms and preventive measures of Cholera and Malaria. This message preceded the clean-up exercise and caught the eyes of many hence immense participation in the clean-up exercise. Activities such as picking up and sweeping surroundings around the ‘Trotro’ station as well as emptying filled-up garbage containers were part of the many activities embarked upon on that busy day.
All of us have learnt how to work in a team. We have each educated ourselves on how to pull our weight, share responsibilities and play our individual roles. The members of Abrabor Pa have developed their communication skills through talking to new people. We have also learnt to work to achieve a shared goal or outcome in an effective way. We have noticed an increase in our individual creative skills and so we believe that coming together to work on this project is the reason for this change. We learnt that the community is naturally unsanitary and that this project was a step in the right direction to cure them of this. However, we found out that the people of the community are very eager to learn new things.
We would definitely recommend that our age mates get involved in this program. We believe that this is our opportunity to give back to the world and make it a better place while making the lives of those around us easier.
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The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.