EXCLUSIVE!!! The Gifted Blogger (SammytheAuthor) Interviews The Executive Director Of SpreadAid International. Be Inspired!!!

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How do you view yourself now? What about in the next 5years? What do you want to do in future? Some people tend to under-estimate themselves because they failed to visualize who they want to become in life. You need to understand that, whatever work you set your eyes on, to be in life, requires hard work and determination. Be encouraged, see yourself doing it. You need to form a clear mental image of the person you want to become.
Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Entrepreneur shares with us, his life story and career as an Entrepreneur. Check the Interview below.
So tell us. Who is Dzagbletey Nenebie Faith Adabah Julius.?
Ans: Faith Julius is a 26-year-old young man who graduated from the university of Ghana-Legon with a first degree in Economics and Information Studies. He also has a background in Human Resource Management from the same university. Julius sees himself as a catalyst for individual and organizational growth and development. He finds his fulfillment in helping others, especially the youth, to identify their purposes in life and to go all out for them (their purposes).
Wow.. That’s nice.. I understand you are the founder/CEO of Spread Aid International which is an NGO. Ermm.. Tell us more about it and How did you come up with the idea or concept?
Ans: Thank you very much Sammy for the opportunity. I see it as a great privilege to lead the entire membership of SpreadAid International as the Executive Director.
The journey of SpreadAid International started way back during my first year, second term of SHS level of education.
It actually started with the name “GreenAid“. It was a study group that involved students from about 5 schools. SpreadAid International, today, is a legalized- youth-based NGO, with her main focus on the provision of quality education, youth empowerment and aiding to eradicate poverty through the provision of basic necessities to deprived communities with the vision of “Putting Back Smiles on Faces”.

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Yea..I have noticed some of your great works and even the impacts your making through the events your organization puts up..So let me ask..What was your mission at the outset?
Ans: Our burning desire was and is to help people, especially those in rural communities. Our focus is mainly directed towards the youth because we have the strong belief that if we want this generation and the unborn generation to be better, then there is the need to invest in the youth. These are our mission statements.
1) Promote excellence in education.
2) Advocate for and support the less privileged in society.
3) Unearth and build talents in the youth.
4) Undertake volunteer programs.

Thats nice. So what are some of the Impacts made ever since your initiative came into the scene?
Ans: In general, SpreadAid International has positively impacted the lives of over 6000 people in her operation for 2 years (officially). This has been done through our annual projects listed below.
Project 5000: Through this project over 2500 lives have been impacted in about 12 schools in 6 out of “previously” 10 regions in Ghana.
The aim of this project is in the direction of the 4th Goal of the global vision (SDGs) which is the provision of Quality education, which is first on our mission statement. SpreadAid International believes that in order to live a permanent impact on individuals, then the first thing to look out for is education (training their minds).
Through this project we distribute stationery to students and also address some basic needs of the schools which are within our reach. The main aim of Project 5000 is to encourage the young ones out there that they can actually become whoever they want to become if they don’t give up on themselves and aren’t tired of pushing themselves forward ( giving the essence of why they should be educated and not only schooled).

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Build the Child Today, Save Tomorrow” Upon a research conducted by some members of the organization, the findings revealed that for most students, before they sit to start writing their final exams (BECE, in this case), they fail before the actual exams begin. Most of these students fail not because they aren’t prepared academically but because they aren’t often prepared psychologically- the fear of failure actually fails them.
This project which stated in 2016 with the aim of preparing BECE candidates for their exams have impacted over 500 students in two communities- Ashaiman and Mallam.

SpreadTalk: This is an annual conference held for young entrepreneurs and potential young entrepreneurs to share ideas on how to either start their journey or how to overcome some challenges they face along the way. Speakers are mostly young entrepreneurs who are doing well in their various fields. Last year, which was the third edition ( sitting over 100 young ones), had among others, Kafui Danku ( film-maker, author and Goodwill Ambassador) as one of the speakers. The feedbacks we get from attendees have always being positive with great testimonies of the aftermath every edition of SpreadTalk.

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We have been to these orphanages more than twice; Hope Children’s Home ( Haatso), Village of Hope ( Cape Coast) and Rising Star ( Dodowa) totally over 700 young ones we shared love with. We have also been to Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital to provide some of their needs and to share some time with them.

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Finally, we have collaborations with other organizations and associations to embark on Projects, the recent one is with the Keta Naspa on their Project dubbed “Stay in School” where we provided stationery to about 200 students.
Awesome. I applaud this initiative for that. So tell me, any challenges so far..? Anything you wanna share?
Ans: It is an opened-secret that one of the major challenges facing youth set-ups like SpreadAid International, who are striving to do good in our country and beyond is limited resources (mainly funding) to undertake projects.
Amazingly, SpreadAid International is made up of about 90% of University students and fresh graduates but alot has been done through the little they have. Just as it is said in our local dialect, ” it’s the Child who starts claiming a tree that deserves a push”, we call on all to come on board to support the good work that is being done through Spread Aid International. Individually, we can’t do much but together we can achieve so much.

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We call on all media partners who would want to join this good work being done to come on board to project to the world what we can all do to make the world a better place. There are evidences of our works on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the name Spread Aid International.
What do you look for in an employee/member in your organization?
This work is really a sacrificial work. If you don’t find fulfillment in it, my advise is that you don’t do it. Most times the only fuel that keeps you going is when you remember the smile you have been able to put on someone’s face. My members should be selfless and very persistent ( the result wouldn’t come in a day- the need to keep on keeping on). Above all an undying believe in the promises of God ( the compass for our operation).
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Why do you want to do what you are doing or about doing? This question is extremely imperative because there are many youth out there who are just doing what they are doing because someone is doing same and either succeeding or otherwise. It always gets to that point where the only motivation to continue is to ask yourself that question. If you don’t have an answer to it, trust me, you would give up.
And also let me take this opportunity to thank all Spreaders who believed in this vision and went all out to see it’s manifestation. Thanks to all individuals who have and continue to support this organization in divers ways to see her (SpreadAid) where she is now. Many thanks to you SammytheAuthor for this opportunity of letting the world know that an amount of good is done in SpreadAid International which they need to hear about. Special thanks to these two individuals who have been with me in the thin and thicks- Raymond Okyere-Forson and Mawuenam Priscialla Aheto. I greatly appreciate you all.
And also your readers can follow us via our Social Media Pages:
Instagram: @Spreadaid_international
Twitter: @Spread_aid
You are humbly welcome. And I wish you well in all your endeavors. Keep shining and reaching out…Stay Blessed.

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Must Read!! An Emotional Story of A Child Born Without An Anus.

A 2year child who came on earth with no anus and one knee cap at Adankwame, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region situation get unmagenable.

This all came about when the mother was transferred from a clinic in Asuofua to Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hosital in order to undergo surgical operation before she can deliver her baby.
Kwasi Appiah, who is the father told Kofi Kyei Baffour, host of “EBAA NE SEN” on Barima TV that they realized their daughter had no anus, with only one knee cap and her lips and eyes were not in order so the doctor in charge demanded GH 8,000.00 before they can conduct a surgery to put things in place.
According to the father, “the doctor said a lot of things were wrong with my daughter so they had to undergo five different operations so that my daughter could survive but I didn’t have that amount to enable my daughter to go through that series of operations”.
So we were told to go home and prepare and return for the operation.
Within that same week they met a friend called ‘Hitman’ who introduced a man in Burkina Faso who eventually corrected the baby’s lips disorder.
Four months later, they went to the Okomfo Anokye Hospital where the doctors created a hole at the left ribs for her to deficate through that until they get Gh8,000 00 to undergo the actual surgery so she could use her normal anus to defecate.

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CYCLING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE – OVER GHS 100,000 CASH TO BE WON BY CYCLERS.

Greenway International Foundation is an environmental protection organization working for a carbon-free environment and oceans free of single-use plastics.

The Chief Executive Director of the Foundation named Hon. Michael Olusegun Olusanya launches official registration of the national event on Monday, 1 October 2018 Greenway National Cycling Competition in active partnership with Greater Accra Cycling Association chaired by Mr. Kofi Boakye-Yiadom at Ashalley-Botwe Road, Accra, where their office is situated.

The ultimate aim of this fierce Cycling competition is precise to mitigate the effect of climate change and progressively reduce greenhouse gases in all 10 regions of Ghana. Active participants are expected to register at http://www.greenwayin.org/event to promptly take advantage of the opportunity awarding over GHc 100,000 to the potential winners and other amazing prizes. Registration doors for the competition will be closed on 31st of December 2018. This historic event is open to all the willing people living in Ghana from age 19 – 45 years.

Event Quick Fact:

Registration: October 1 – December 31, 2018

Event Start Date: Jan 15, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Distance: 500 km (311 mi)

Location: All 10 Regions Participants: 5,000

Laps: Five (5)

Age: 19-45

Gender: Open to All

Award Prizes
First Prize
15,000 GHS

Two Pure Gold Medals

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Second Prize
10,000 GHS

One Pure Gold Medal

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Third Prize
7,000 GHS

One Pure Gold Medal

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Fourth-Tenth Prizes
Silver Medals

Trophies

One Brand New Bicycle

National Cycling for Climate Honor and extras.

Ghana Grabs 3 Gold Medals At Sage World Cup – Courtesy ZYLOFON CASH

Ghana won three gold medals at the 2018 SAGE WORLD CUP competition held in South Africa this month, placing the West African country second to Israel which won four medals.

The competition saw teenagers from 32 countries across the globe compete with their entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to find out which idea is most viable and addresses the world’s most challenging needs with respect to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs).

Countries that participated include the USA, Ireland, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Iran, Chile, Japan, Canada, Israel, China, Russia and others.

Countries that won gold medals for addressing the SDGs with their projects include Israel – 3, Ghana – 3, Ireland – 2, USA – 2, Canada – 2 with South Africa, Iran, Chile, China and Japan all going home with 1 each.

USA and Ireland were adjudged the best Socially Responsible Business (SRB) and Best Social Enterprising Business (SEB) respectively.

The country’s co-ordinator for SAGE Ghana, Jonathan Nsebo, expressed enormous gratitude to President Nana Akufo-Addo for the support he has given to the group both this year and last year and to the former president Jerry John Rawlings for the personal support he has given to the project.

Mr. Nsebo also expressed his gratitude to Benjamin Sedem Afetornu’s Techbooth, an IT firm and Nana Appiah Mensah’s Zylofon Cash for the financial support they gave to the teams to travel this year.

He expressed his gratitude to Zylofon Cash again for concluding a Title Sponsorship deal with SAGE Ghana for 2019 and beyond.

This sponsorship deal bridges the mission of both institutions of raising the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders who can monetize their creativities.

SAGE- Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship is a non-governmental organisation founded by Professor Curtis L. Deburg in Chico California USA.

The vision of this movement is to raise the next generation of teenagers whose innovative ideas address the world’s most challenging needs. Founded in 2002, SAGE currently operates in over forty-three (43) countries.

Every year, SAGE countries hold a National Competition to choose two (2) Teams with the most viable projects to represent the country in the SAGE-Global World Cup.

The National Competition dubbed “National High School Entrepreneurship Competition (NHSEC) was held on the 7th of July 2018 hosted at the University of Ghana Business School (R.S. Amegashie Auditorium and two lecture halls).

Thirty (30) High Schools made up of forty (40) Teams included Opoku Ware School, Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School Legon, Aburi Girls’ SHS, Tema Secondary School, Ghana International School, St. Lwanga JHS, Tema Technical Institute, St. Augustine’s College, Mfantsipim School, Adisadel College, Aggrery Memorial SHS, Ghana National College, Methodist Girls’ SHS, West African Secondary School, Aduman SHS, Tema Presbyterian SHS and other High Schools participated while ten (10) other High Schools represented as Observers.

Teams Ecoplas GH of Aduman SHS and PAHA of Methodist Girls’ School won the Best Social Enterprise Business (SEB) and Best Socially Responsible Business (SRB) respectively to represent the country in Durban, South Africa.

Team Ecoplas GH with their Plastic Waste awareness, recycling and upcycling project won Ghana three (3) gold medals for efficiently addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) goals 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation),13 (Climate Action) and 14 (Life Below Water).

National High School Entrepreneurship Competition (NHSEC) organised by SAGE – Ghana has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education, supported by Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) received support from the office of the President which seeks to help build a new Ghana with the involvement of the ideas of our young ones for the next generation.

He appealed to other Ghanaian businesses to push in more resources to SAGE Ghana to help them efficiently mentor the Ghanaian students to stand shoulder to shoulder with developed countries in subsequent world cups.

He mentioned, that they are doing their best with the little available to them but the work becomes increasingly difficult having to compete with countries like USA, Canada, Russia, China and all the ‘first world’ countries with the resources available to them.

I Find difficulty in understanding Anas’ mode of operation- Rev. Badu Kobi Says.

Rev. Emmanuel Badu Kobi, Head Pastor and Founder of Glorious Wave Church International has weighed in on the ‘appropriateness’ of Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ modus operandi during his investigative pieces.

In an interview on Kofi TV, Prophet Kobi expressed difficulty in understanding Anas’ mode of operation and related his incomprehension to the fact that he had little knowledge about the ‘faceless’ journalists’ work.

Rev Kobi in a calming voice wondered why the investigative journalist would go to the extent of influencing them with items or cash he sometimes presents as gifts only to turnaround calling them bribes.

“If I am being honest, I would say he is the only one who understands his work and what it entails because I do not understand it.

I don’t understand him. The reason is this, I am by myself somewhere, and then you come and influence me and then hand something over to me. If I take it, I don’t think it is wrong. You say someone wants to hand you a gift, what is wrong if I take it. It is supposed to be a gift. For someone to come and influence me and hand something over to me, I would say I don’t understand it. Some call it entrapment,” he said.

His line of reasoning concerning the subject seems to be agreed by many who have doubted the authenticity of Anas’ research.

One of such is Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong who recently launched a full blown attack on Anas, has in not more than one occasion expressed his dislike for the ‘faceless’ journalist, mainly because he believes Anas’ modus operandi is questionable and in most cases illegal.

Mr. Agyapong has accused Anas of being corrupt, a thief amongst several other demeaning allegations and recently released a video (WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMAN) that saw someone he presents as Anas’ negotiating payment terms with some of his ‘victims’.

Rev Badu Kobi however mentioned that although he did not understand Anas’work, the fact that bodies such as the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) have not reproached him for methods used in any of his investigative pieces proves that there are laws governing his work and he (Anas) knows what he is about.

“With Anas’ job, he knows the laws governing it and so if I comment on it, I may be wrong. He knows his job and what he does. I never hear the GJA talking against him, they seem to support him which makes me believe there are some rules regarding the work he does,” he said.

Prophet Badu Kobi of Glorious Wave International further advised that in order not to make quick judgments and wrongly address the situation, “so long as you don’t understand someone’s job, don’t talk.”

Anas’ latest exposé dubbed “Number 12” which captures many referees and key officials within the association in compromising positions has caused a shakeup in the country’s football.

Mr Nyantakyi was recorded taking a cash gift of $65,000 and negotiating a sponsorship deal with potential investors who turned out to be investigators.

Many were especially disappointed in Mr Nyantakyi who has not more than once successfully debunked rumours about him being corrupt in the past.

Meanwhile, Mr Nyatakyi has since resigned from his post while the police investigate the matter.

Source: Ghanaweb

Twellium donates to Chief Imam in support of Ramadan.

This Ramadan, Twellium industrial company limited producers of Rush energy drink and Verna mineral water has donated some of its products to the National Chief Imam, Dr. Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, on behalf of the Muslim community.
The products, which include Rush Energy Drink, Original American cola, Verna mineral, run energy drink, Rasta Malt, Planet flavours and their new products Go On Energy drink were donated towards the celebration of Eidul Fitr (the festival of the breaking of the fast).

Presenting the items, Miss Emelia Gyasi, Assistant Marketing manager at TWI, mentioned that the company chose to present the items to the Chief Imam because he is the most influential and respected person in the Muslim community in the country and has been able to maintain peace over 20year in Ghana.

She stated that Ramadan is not only the abstinence from food but also from evil actions, thought and deeds and a month to preach peace and unity amongst each other and also used the platform to advice the youth to abstain from drug abuse. Miss Gyasi said the donation is also as a way of congratulating all Muslims for the month of Ramadan. Mr. Mustapha Anass, from Twellium, also added that the Twellium Industrial Company limited does not only support Muslim activities but also Christian Activities because it is a way to consolidate the peaceful coexistence of the two major religions in the country.

The national chief imam, Dr. Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, used the platform to pray for the entire nation especially the Muslims to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor by way of giving to the needy and the less privilege in society and wished the Muslim community happy Eid Mubark.

Receiving the items, Sheik Abubakar Marzuk, a member of the Chief Imam’s advisory board, thanked the team from Twellium Industrial Company limited for the kind gesture.
He used the opportunity to ask each individual of the country to help in his own way to improve and maintain the peace we are already enjoying during and after the Ramadan.
Peace, he explained, is a gift from God to Ghana and as such must be cherished.

Source: Twellium.com

Joselyn Dumas’ Foundation Installs CCTV Cameras For Korlebu Children’s/Pediatric Block

Joselyn Dumas and her foundation “THE JOSELYN CANFOR-DUMAS FOUNDATION” (JCD Foundation) on Friday 18th May 2018 Officially handed-over installed and fully functional CCTV Cameras to the Children’s/Pediatric Block of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. On New Year’s Day, Monday 1st January 2018, Joselyn along with the JCD Foundation and family organized a fun-filled party in collaboration with Think Mahogany Events by Debra Jane for the Children’s/Pediatric Block. The purpose of the party was to bring the cheers of the festive celebrations to the hospitalized children and their families whom spent the day with them as well as commence the New Year with them with optimism.

Before her departure, Actress, Tv and Radio Host Joselyn Dumas in a conversation asked the nurses on duty what specific needs they had which she could help with in aid of improving their working environment and care service provision for the children and their families in the block. The Head of Nurses, Madam Agnes expressed a great concern for the general protection of the unit, suggesting the need of a better security system for the protection of all persons on the wards as there have been numerous reports on theft crime and she felt this could be reduced significantly if not completely if CCTV Cameras were installed.

The JCD Foundation has successfully installed Security CCTV Cameras and Servers at specific vantage points in and out of the block, protecting their safety. Professor Lorna Reney, officially received the Joselyn Canfor-Dumas Foundation’s donation on behalf of hospital management on Friday 18th May 2018 and expressed how invaluable their contribution is to the hospital as it will deter baby/child theft and nurse and baby/child-mother’s malpractices in the block as well as tighten their security, contributing to an improved service provision.

Joselyn, who has undertaken the cost of many surgeries for children expressed her love for children and vowed to do everything possible to ease the discomfort of children on the block as well as those underprivileged around the country. Joselyn has encouraged everyone to get involved no matter how small, just as the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo said “we shouldn’t be spectators but citizens”. Therefore, she believes it takes a collective effort from all of us to support the less privileged in our society especially children. The Actress therefore appealed to the public and all Ghanaians to help in every little way possible.

The Joselyn Canfor-Dumas Foundation, among many other charities continues to finance the education of smart but underprivileged children around the country. They also spearheaded the widely known #Xcholera, an effective campaign organized to eradicate Cholera in Ghana a few years ago.

Source: Entamoty.com