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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When All Hope Is Lost!

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Who do you call a Friend? Who do you call unto, when all hell is breaking loose? Who responds to you when you call? Have you ever found yourself in a worst situation and the only thought that came in mind was Committing Suicide? Here, I have discovered some solutions to your problem. Enjoy Reading!!!

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Your purpose for living is not determined by your failures in life. We are all unique in our own special way. No one is exempted. We were all made to use the tear ducts given to us by our Maker; you have to go through PAIN to experience PROGRESS. Such is life. Life is a journey full of uncertainties and we are all bound to go through it. And yes, some were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and others, were to suffer to gain. Regardless of your background and whatsoever situation you are going through; bear in mind that, there will always be a light at the end of every tunnel. Quit self-doubt and strive hard to achieve greatness. There came a time in my life, that I thought it was all over but with Prayer, Hardwork and Determination, I was able to achieve greatness. Remember, people for that matter, will come at you with all sort of let downs, words of discouragement just because Success isn’t reflecting in the work that you do but pay no heed to what they say; it is not necessarily about them, it is about you. The Perception some people have about you, does not make you a loser, it is you that makes you a loser; it’s a Choice. Love what you do, it will surely pay off one day. Going through Challenges/Difficulties in life is a sure thing. Below are few solutions I discovered in my quest to be successful:

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1: Prayer – Prayer is and will always be the only means by which Humanity links up with Divinity. Without Prayer, our success is temporal. Whatever situation you find yourself in, just pray about it.
“Proverbs 10:22 – It is the blessings of the Lord that brings wealth, without painful toil for it”
Weeping and feeling all moody won’t solve the problems, it will make them worst. Therefore make Prayer your priority in every aspect of your life and you will see greatness happening all around you.
2: Be Optimistic – The only thing that keeps us going in life and wanting to do more is Hope. Never Lose Hope in anything you do. Being optimistic has saved lots of lives and restored lots of properties. Some people end up committing suicide when there is lack of hope. Some people lost their lives because they felt there was no need to live. And yes, it very painful to lose a loved one when all he/she did was pray and believe God for a miracle but sometimes we need to have the spirit to wait on God; I call that “Firm Faith”. Don’t give up and never give in, because you will surely make it. God’s time is the best.
Keep Praying and keep believing God for a miracle. You Can. Make it Happen.

What Life Presents to the Table!

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Going through Challenges and Difficulties in “Life” is an assurance and no one is exempted from it. Life is a Journey with one road connecting to the other; the narrow road (Wrong) and the one that leads to eternal life (Right). Have you ever, for once, asked yourself, the purpose for which you are here on earth? A Motivational Speaker and a Great Man of God, Dr. Myles Munroe said in one of his quotes that”The Greatest tragedy in Life is not death but a life without a Purpose”. Re-examination is the Key.

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So therefore, day in day out, each and every one of us, ought to re-examine ourselves and know what’s really going wrong in our lives and find solutions to it. Sometimes, the people we even claim to love so dearly are the ones wishing for our downfall. There’s nothing new under the sun, you know; it happens. You tend to give your all to a friend or even a relative, but all you get in return is HATRED. Remember, we are all going to use the tear ducts given to us by God; no one is exempted from it. Crying doesn’t solve our problems, it only worsens it. This piece was actually inspired by a pathetic movie I watched a week ago and this said movie, was very touching and I had no option than to write about it and to inspire the hopeless to keep on working hard in life. You see, “nothing good comes easily” says an old adage. Whatever you plan on achieving in life, comes along with regrets, obstacles, complications and Challenges; that I assure you! But you can only overcome these challenges, when you are focused and determined to get to your final destination. And bear in mind, those who were able to achieve and accomplish their mission/dreams in this life, were once nobody but all they had was just a “DREAM” and ways on how to achieve those dreams. They encountered so many obstacles on their way to be successful but they never gave up, they stood firm and decided to make it, regardless of the challenges they are bound to face in achieving those dreams. You see, whenever you encounter problems in your life, the only solution/option you have is God. Never rely on your strength, for all you have is Weaknesses. Nothing can be done in your life without the help of our Maker.

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“Life” is good.
“Life” is full of Uncertainties.
“Life has a way of knocking us down to the point where we can’t even pray for ourselves”.

Keep your head up. Don’t allow the perception of people drown out your inner voice. Keep working hard, rise up after every fall. Failure is never the end of your life. Give it a second try anytime you fail. Success is just a stone-throw from where you are. Go get it. You Can. You Will. Make it Happen.

What Do You Tell Yourself?

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What do you tell yourself when you wake up first thing in the morning? Do you believe what ever you say to yourself takes a negative and positive impact on your Life? How well do you deal with Issues, Problems and other challenges you face in life?

Each and every individual on this earth has got one way or the other, a problem to deal with. In our walk of life, we are bound to face challenges but in the midst of all the adversities, God promises us victory to stand tall. In every encounter that you make; you either give life or drain life out of it. Words are everything to life. So we have to be mindful of the words we utter. Just because you are not who you thought you would be in life, doesn’t mean you should bring upon yourself curses, with the words you speak out. What we, as humans, need to understand is that, the brain does not control the mind, the mind does. The brain and the mind obviously have an intimate relationship, but the mind is different: it is a collection of thoughts, patterns, perceptions, beliefs, memories and attitudes. Based on the research I made, concerning how the brain and the mind works is that;

A human brain works on “thought patterns”, which are nothing but “programming” that has been indented into its neural network. You can also observe a definite “pattern” in some of the thoughts that are produced in the brain. For example, it’s possible that your brain is presently in the habit of creating a pattern of negative thinking, where it seems to give a negative flavor/connotation to all its interpretations – in this case your brain is subconsciously in the habit of looking at reality in a negative manner and at the root of all its negative thinking is a subconscious belief in some “core” negative thoughts.

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You must understand that subconscious patterns are always running in “auto” mode in the brain, because at some point you took these patterns to be the truth of your life and invested belief in them to the point where they became “ingrained” patterns.

When you think a thought long enough, it automatically goes into “auto” mode because the neural pathways for this thought become strongly embedded in the neural network of your brain. For example, when you learn to drive a car it’s a very conscious effort initially, but after a few months the patterns become so embedded in the brain that the whole action of driving becomes subconscious or “auto” mode.

Certain negative thoughts are running in “auto” mode in your brain, and these negative thoughts are usually the root cause of many negative perceptions and interpretations that you come up with in your daily life. Unless you identify and let go of belief in these subconscious negative thoughts, you will constantly be struggling with the negativity in your brain. A simple awareness of the subconscious negative patterns is enough to start becoming free of them.

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5 Things To Tell Yourself Each Day

1: Today will be my day

2:I am the Best Me there is.

3: I know that I’m a winner.

4: I can do it, I know I can.

5: God will always be with me

Finally, i want to urge you to be very mindful of your utterances because whatever you tell yourself works for your own good. Oh Yes! Ok fine! How about, you reminding yourself each and everyday that, you are a winner, an over-comer and a conqueror? It does work. Take control of your destiny, let every word that comes out from your mouth, speak life into the dead and most above all, make sure your words are sincere and true. Live a happy life and Enjoy yourself with the words you speak.

A Heart To Forgive!!

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What is forgiveness? Why do we Forgive? Of what essence will that be? Why should you possibly forgive your enemies, the critics around you? Many a times, this are some of the questions we ask ourselves but what we need to understand is that, forgiveness is a direction from God.

Forgiveness means letting go of past hurts, disappointments, bitterness and hatred, cause by the people around us. Forgiveness becomes difficult when the offender is a person we never thought could hurt us. Forgiving others may seem to be a choice, and in one sense it is a choice, but God has been very clear about forgiveness. He has given us specific direction in numerous Scriptures, all of which can be summed up in just one word — forgive! God’s Word says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25). “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude!

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God in His own infinite wisdom and power made it clear to us that, it is in our own best interest to forgive! Forgiveness opens every closed doors in our life. It is the “Breath Of Life”. Forgiveness attracts blessings and favor from the Most High. God is not talking about what is in the best interest of the person who needs to be forgiven. We are the ones who God is trying to protect. And besides, when we forgive, We are the ones who mostly benefit from forgiveness, not the other person. An unforgiven spirit complicates and compromises our daily walk with God. Forgiving others releases us from anger and allows us to receive the healing we need. The whole reason God has given us specific direction is because He does not want anything to stand between us and Him. God’s love for us is unconditional, it has no filth. It is clean and strong. Forgiving others spares us from the consequences of living out of an unforgiving heart. Forgiveness heals every wounds. It restores happiness and makes way for the blessing of God.

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And below is a Parable, Jesus told His Disciples On what forgiveness meant.

The Parable Of the Unforgiving Servant

(Matthew 18:21-35)

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, If my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do i have to forgive him? Seven times? “No, not seven times, answered Jesus, “but seven times seven, because the kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who decided to check on his servants’ accounts. He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of pounds. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before the king, ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and i will pay you everything!. The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go. “Then the man went out and met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a few pounds. He grabbed him and started choking him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he said. His fellow-servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, i will pay you back! But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were very very upset and went to the king and told him everything. So he called the servant in. ‘You worthless slave!’ he said. ‘I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have had mercy on your fellow-servant, just as i had mercy on you.’ The king was very angry, and he sent the servant to jail to be punished until he should pay back the whole amount.” And Jesus concluded, “That is how my Father in heaven will treat everyone of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.

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Forget the people who make you sad or hurt you. Don’t let them affect you. But never forget what they taught you. The choices you make, the struggles you face prepares you for life. And also remember that, anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from a painful burden. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was OK, it doesn’t mean, the person should still be welcomed in your life. It just means you have made peace with the pain. Let Go and Receive the blessings of the Lord. He is ever ready to show you His unconditional love, His Grace, and Power. Just Forgive and Forget. God loves you and He is ready to forgive you if you forgive anyone who sins against you. The Beauty of God’s Love surpasses all earthly things. Live in Peace. Let love lead.

Where Talent Lies! An African Reproach.

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Firstly, I want to share with you, a very pathetic message I received from a follower on facebook.

Hello Sammy,

I’m Harriet, a graduate of Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua. I completed last year. Please I have always had a dream of becoming a fashion designer, since childhood but my father insisted that, he wants me to work as an accountant. For me that’s not my field. The reason been that, I am not academically good. I was repeated three times when i got to my second year in high school. It all began sometime ago, at age 10, when i spotted a child being beaten mercilessly by his teacher, just because he failed in his examination; this instilled fear in me. So since then, i developed this strange fear for my teachers in school. So this caused my failure in class anytime i partake in an examination. But my Dad doesn’t know all this, so all he keeps saying is that “Harriet you know I’m an educationist, look at me, I have three B.Sc. three Master’s degree and a PhD to show. So why don’t you take my footsteps, learn hard and become what i want you to be? If all the time you spend on daily in making this rubbish, were converted to your academic work, by now, you would have been on a very good pedestal. Life is not a joke and without a good results, you are going nowhere.”

Ever since he uttered those words to me, i haven’t being myself, i spend time crying, asking myself if, he is really my biological Dad. why can’t he forget about qualifications and support what i do best in; my passion for being a Fashion designer. He even went ahead to burn all the materials i use for my craft. I feel terrible now. I even won an award for “The Most Creative Student” because of my craft but my Dad got hold of it and destroyed it, saying, he wanted me to win an award for “The Best Overall Student” in school”. In fact, I feel horrible, I give up. I feel like committing suicide. Please Help Me.”

Indeed Parents are in the right position to direct the path of their Children but should we always pay heed to whatever decision they take concerning our lives, i mean our career? So what if that isn’t our chosen field? Will it be a sign of disrespect if a child refuses to take whatever career they choose for him/her. After reading this sad story, I became very worried.. Why do some Parent decide to render their wards useless by choosing a job field for them. Parents are to train, take a very good care of, ensure the well-being of their wards but not to choose for them, a job field. Children must be allowed to choose their career path in life. They know the capabilities/skills they possess.

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Life as we see it, is not a joke. Each and every individual has a purpose to live for, a dream/goal to achieve and a mission to accomplish on this earth. Nobody was created without a purpose or a dream. I was watching a movie some weeks ago which actually talks about the pains and ordeals children go through in the hands of their Parents in the quest for a career path. And in this movie, there was a girl whose dad was a Professor and her mother a businesswoman, and this said girl in question, had the gift/talent of making beads and weaving beautiful baskets but her Dad insisted saying “None of my Children must become poor, its either, you change your mind and find something better doing in life, or you leave my house”. This went on and on, until, one day, the girl couldn’t bear the agony she was going through and committed suicide. So then, whose fault was it? Who caused it? Was it her Dad or herself?

American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker, Stephen Covey, in one of his Inspirational quote said “when you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion-that rises out in a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet-therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code”.

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Parents need to understand that, you don’t have to be a Doctor, an Accountant or a Teacher to be successful, being a Fashion Designer, a Writer, Musician, can make you Successful. It all depends on how diligent you are with your work.

A Message to the Youth

Your time is limited. So don’t waste it living someone Else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Never let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Hard work and determination will show your Altitude in life. Never be discouraged. Take control of your destiny. You have a lot to bless the world with; your gifts, skill and all that you have inside of you. You are destined to reign. Follow your passion and you will achieve. You Can..You Will..