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Last Face to Face for September.

For the last Face to Face for the month,the #WeParticipate campaign was hosted at three schools in the Awutu Senya East District on Friday, 30th September. The schools were Atlantic Wesleyan College, Datus SHS and Africana SHS.

Similar to the other campaigns, the Campaign Ambassadors educated the students on the importance of voting and also standing for peace before during and after the elections in December. The introduction was done by Emmanuel Yamoah, to explain the purpose of the visit and introduce the project to the school. Afterwards, Oppong Nyantakyi engaged the students in an interactive session on the importance of voting. A good number of the students admitted that they would not be voting come December 7th due to various reasons. Some of reasons were the stressful nature of the electoral process, proximity of polling centres, indifference on the political party to vote for, among others.

img-20161002-wa0006At Atlantic Wesleyan College there were students from other African countries such as Liberia, Togo, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. They also shared their views on electoral processes in their countries. At Africana SHS, Emmanuel Yamoah and Sylvester Adjapong facilitated a role playing scenario with the students as initiated by Mamley Adams last week. Students voted for a leader of the class and the leader took an immediate decision for all to stand during the session. Staff, CA’s and the all the students obeyed the decision

Some of the students did not vote, others voted just because the candidates were their friends, and others wanted to vote twice. The ambassadors used the scenario to explain to the students how it’s important for every eligible voter to vote as decisions of the elected leader affects all. Ambassadors also illustrated the importance of voting for candidates that are capable and obeying electoral rules. Raymond Taku afterwards spoke to the students about the importance of peace and ensuring that every Ghanaian enjoys the peace in the country and tolerate each other.
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Two students volunteered to be ambassadors at Datus SHS, and two at Atlantic Wesleyan College. In all  27 students were reached at Atlantic Wesleyan College, 17 at Datus SHS and 12 students at SHS . Therefore, in total, we reached 56 youths this week. All the student ambassadors were also presented with a lacoste and introduced to their roles.

Ambassadors Present

  1. Victor Adjei Mframah (YALI RLC Alumni and CEO CATE GHANA)
  2. Juliet Adobea Awotwi (YALI RLC Alumni and Non-formal Education Coordinator, GES)
  3. Adams Mamley Zainabu (Social Worker and Assist. Project manager of Cheerful Hearts Foundation)
  4. Yaa Yeboaa Adu (Social Worker and Public Health Coordinator, Cheerful Hearts Foundation)
  5. Raymond Taaku Ebaamombu (Student and Patriots Ghana UG Alumni)
  6. Henrietta Frimpomaa Asafo-Adjei(Student and Patriots Ghana UG Alumni)
  7. Emmanuel Yamoah (Social Entrepreneur and CEO, Africa Online Volunteering Service)
  8. Bright Fiatsi (Social Worker and Co-Founder, Cheerful Hearts Foundation)
  9. Douglas Opoku Agyeman (Patriots Ghana Alumni and Graduate student UG)
  10. Sylvester Adjapong (YALI RLC Alumni and GIS Specialist)
  11. Vivian Amissah (Patriots Ghana Alumni and Social Worker)
  12. Oppong Nyantakyi (Patriots Ghana Alumni and Volunteer Coordinator, Cheerful Hearts Foundation)

Wherever you are, join the #WeParticipate campaign! Pledge to Vote! Pledge for Peace! Take a minute to sign the petition here: www.patriotsghana.org/petitionpledge/

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We Participate campaign at Pank SHS and Andam SHS.

Last Friday, 23rd September the second face-to-face was held at Pank SHS and Andam SHS. The staff and students were eager to hear from the Campaign Ambassadors at both schools. At Pank the introduction was done by Bright Fiatsi, to explain the purpose of the visit and introduce the project to the school. This was followed by a discussion led by Emmanuel Yamoah on the purpose of voting. He highlighted that it was the responsibility of every eligible voter to vote as that shows your love for Ghana and desire to see Ghana develop. He also enlightened them on some electoral offenses such as impersonation, bribery, treating or undue influence related to vote buying sections 32, 33, 34 or 35 of the law (PNDC 284).
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Emmanuel introduced the students to Douglas, who talked on having a peaceful election. Douglas made mention of some key words such as tolerance, resistance, and letting go of offences done to us, as this will help in ensuring progressive peace building. He encouraged the students to be generational thinkers- that is to say that, they should have a picture of the future and not only consider the present but also look ahead. He made mention of these as a way in ensuring peace in the upcoming election. Bright Fiasti concluded by saying, “God will do His part but we also have a part to play”.img-20160923-wa0020

At Andam, Mamley Adams used an interactive role playing scenario, where by students had to vote for leaders of the class and the leaders had to make immediate decisions about the class. Some of the students did not vote, others voted just because the candidates were their friends, and others wanted to vote twice. She used the scenario to explain to the students how it’s important for every eligible voter to vote as decisions taken by the elected leader affect all. She also illustrated the importance of voting for candidates that are capable and obeying electoral rules. Raymond Taku afterwards spoke to the students about the importance of peace and ensuring that every Ghanaian enjoys the peace in the country and tolerate each other.

Four students volunteered to be ambassadors at Pank SHS and two at Andam SHS.  All the student ambassadors were also presented with a lacoste and introduced to their roles.

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Ambassadors Present

  1. Tawiah Evans (YALI RLC Alumni & Convener for Coalition for Ghana’s Independence Now)
  2. Victor Adjei Mframah (YALI RLC Alumni and CEO CATE GHANA)
  3. Juliet Adobea Awotwi (YALI RLC Alumni and Non-formal Education Coordinator, GES)
  4. Adams Mamley Zainabu (Social Worker and Assist. Project manager of Cheerful Hearts Foundation)
  5. Yaa Yeboaa Adu (Social Worker and Public Health Coordinator, Cheerful Hearts Foundation)
  6. Raymond Taaku Ebaamombu (Student and Patriots Ghana UG Alumni)
  7. Henrietta Frimpomaa Asafo-Adjei (Student and Patriots Ghana UG Alumni)
  8. Emmanuel Yamoah (Social Entrepreneur and CEO, Africa Online Volunteering Service)
  9. Zakiyu Iddris (Zongo youth activist, YALI RLC Alumni and CEO ZIT Media)
  10. Bright Fiatsi (Social Worker and Co-Founder, Cheerful Hearts Foundation)
  11. Douglas Opoku Agyeman (Patriots Ghana Alumni and Graduate student UG)
  12. Sylvester Adjapong (YALI RLC Alumni and GIS Specialist)

Wherever you are, join the #WeParticipate campaign! Pledge to Vote! Pledge for Peace! Take a minute to sign the petition here: www.patriotsghana.org/petitionpledge/

#WeParticipate Project Launch

Its official! The #WeParticipate project was launched yesterday, at the American Corner, Leciad, University of Ghana, by the project leader, Eric Opoku Agyemang and  the 20 campaign ambassadors. Special guests present were representatives from Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC and National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Awutu Senya West District Director (NCCE), the National Deputy Director of programs of the NCCE, eric-presents-the-we-participate-project-jpg-1Gladys M Osman, and Daniel Fennel, Counsellor, Head of Public Affairs, United States Embassy Ghana.

Eric Opoku Agyemang, introduced the project to all present, detailing the objective of the project which is to promote a peaceful election and increase voter turnout especially among the youth. He also talked about the target areas (Awutu Senya East and West District), and the methodology of the project , which would be carried out by the campaign ambassadors.

deputy-director-of-ncce-national-head-quarters-speaks-on-the-essense-of-voting-rightsGladys M Osman, enlightened all present about the mandate of the NCCE as cited in the constitution and explained various key and sensitive aspects of the electoral process in Ghana. She talked about voting being a civic right and responsibility and cautioned all about the implications of not participating in the process. She also asked the campaign ambassadors to be vigilant in identifying politicians that seek to  buy their vote, thus conscience of citizens. She stressed that it was an offense and if citizens have the right evidence can sue such culprits and also informed all that the doors of the NCCE are always open to the general public.

Daniel Fennell, also talked about the young African leaders making impact in various communities. Using practical examples and making reference to the impact made through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), he entreated all to make a difference regardless of how small it may seem. He also entreated the campaign ambassadors to take initiative, be patriotic and have a strong desire to make a difference.In the end Daniel Fennel, Head of Public Affairs, United States Embassy Ghana did the honors of officially launching the We Participate project.

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The 20 campaign ambassadors in the next two months would be going to at least 10 senior high schools and 4 tertiary institutions to educate youth of voting age. The project has a target of reaching  an estimated direct population reach of 4000 youth. The 4000 direct reach would be sensitized to serve as peace agents to further reach at least 5 youth within their social networks, especially outside of school. Therefore, there is an estimated indirect reach of over 20,000 youth through our school outreach program.

The project has also setup a Social Media Campaign, #WeParticipate which is targeting students studying in districts in other parts of the country not reached through the face-to-face campaigns in the schools. The social media campaign is reaching 35,000 total youth within the Awutu Senya East and West Districts and the neighboring communities.

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Wherever you are, join the #WeParticipate campaign! Pledge to Vote! Pledge for Peace! Take a minute to sign the petition here: www.patriotsghana.org/petitionpledge/

Patriots Ghana Visits Countryside Orphanage, Bawjiase

As part of the National Volunteers Day in remembrance of the first Patriot (Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah) and first President of Ghana, Patriots Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Think Foundation (BarCamp, Kasoa) organised a reading clinic and presented donations of assorted books of ten (10) cartons and also made a financial donation to pay for the tuition of four (4) orphans at the Countryside Orphanage, Bawjiase, Central Region.

The group chose to volunteer at this orphanage due to a report from the founder, Madam Emma Boafo about the poor reading performance of the children due to the need for reading books and volunteers to assist with reading. Nothing could be much important on this day to us than spending a quality time as Patriotic youth of Ghana to put smiles on over one hundred and forty (140) orphans through a reading activity and as mentoring these children. It was surprising and overwhelming how excited and appreciative these children and the management of the Countryside Orphanage were “Founder: this was the first time a group has made a donation to sponsor children tuition fee”.

We recommend to every Ghanaian and international volunteers to join the team to volunteer some free time to support the Countryside orphanage.

Please make time to watch a short video on the celebration here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHcttfIe4T8.

Volunteer and Impact!

Many thanks,

Patriots Ghana Team

The orphans with the Patriots and Ghana Think team after the reading clinic -- Full of Excitement

The orphans with the Patriots and Ghana Think team after the reading clinic — Full of Excitement

Mrs Emma Boafo Founder of Countryside Orphanage accept donations from the team

Mrs Emma Boafo Founder of Countryside Orphanage accept donations from the team

section of the orphans during our visit

section of the orphans during our visit

Founder of orphanage receives cash donation from Patriots Ghana

Founder of orphanage receives cash donation from Patriots Ghana

Reading sessions 2

Reading sessions 2

questions and answers time

questions and answers time

National Coordinator Eric Opoku Agyemang provides counseling for orphans

National Coordinator Eric Opoku Agyemang provides counseling for orphans

Countryside orphanage entrance

Countryside orphanage entrance

Clean-up Exercise at Ayeduase Community, Kumasi

Ready for a Day of Cleaning

On Saturday the 16th of November 2013, a cleanup exercise was organized by Patriots Ghana Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Chapter in collaboration with the Student Representative Council (SRC), Non Residential Executives and Zoomlion Ghana LTD at Ayeduase. The exercise took place at the Ayeduase Gate/ Entrance to the University and Other areas of Ayeduase that needed cleaning. The SRC MP for Ayeduase, Mr. Prince Ofori, and the the President of PATRIOTS Ghana KNUST gathered all the materials needed for the clean-up whilst a vehicle with a public address system informed citizens.

The event began as early as 5:30 am with the sweeping of streets to avoid the busy hours of traffic and also so the students could start painting the zebra crossing, kind courtesy RENARSA. The exercise included the cleaning of gutters, weeding, sweeping, gathering and disposing of refuse etc. The volunteers were offered gloves, boots and nose masks for protection and also brooms, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, cutlasses etc. to ensure that the exercise was done effectively without any health problems.

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Painting the Zebra Stripes

The Ghana Police personnel and the Campus Security personnel also assisted the students by directing the vehicles to avoid any traffic accidents while the students cleaned the streets. The Assembly man of Ayeduase drove around with the metropolitan bus to announce to the residents about the cleanup exercise and also talk about keeping the environment clean. He warned them not to dispose of their refuse in the bushes and the nearby pond. In all about 50 volunteers joined together in the exercise and happily cleaned amidst music.

Volunteers working hard

Volunteers Working Hard

After the exercise all the students and volunteers gathered at the cafeteria for the Kenkey Party and also to socialize and share experiences in volunteering.

On behalf of Patriots Ghana and the SRC, we appreciate the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Zoomlion Ghana LTD and all the amazing volunteers that came together to make the exercise a success.

Patriots Ghana would also like to invite all to get involved its activities in Developing the Nation with Passion. Volunteer, Intern or Become a Member of PATRIOTS GHANA.
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A great team of volunteers

A Great Team of Volunteers

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So Much to Clean

Well Earned Rest and food

Fun to have meals together after hard work and socialize

My Community My Dream (MCMD) Project Grant

What is MCMD Project?

It is a project under the Patriots Youth Empowerment Project which is focused on developing the leadership thinking ability and passion for rural community development amongst Ghanaian Youth. Giving the youth between 16-30years an opportunity to apply for a small grant between 1000 – 2000 Ghana Cedis to undertake a dream project towards personal and/or rural community development.

Why rural community development?

Rural communities lack the most basic amenities. Moreover, due extreme under-development in the rural areas of Ghana, most of the youth in the rural areas move to the cities (Accra and Kumasi) to seek for greener pastures which end them up in numerous social vices aside over population and over usage of limited resources within the cities.

Our dream therefore, is to continually provide support and solutions for rural community development needs and to assist the government to speed up rural community development  through job creation, provision of basic social amenities, improving education and health etc which would be a great means to reduce extreme poverty in both the deprived communities and the nation at large.

Why the youth can apply?

The youth are the future leaders and the back bone of this country. The future of our country is dependent on the kind of youth or leaders we develop today. As youth, we have a responsibility to contribute to the growth of our country with all selflessness. To be a selfless leader now and in the future, the youth have to understand the various challenges faced by the nation by being actively involved in volunteering service especially in the deprived rural communities. We also believe that involving the youth in rural community volunteer services does not only grow their passion for development but also help to make them intelligent, develop their leadership and problem solving skills, broadens their knowledge, makes them more confident and additionally prepares them for the job market especially in today’s world where work experience or working skill is extremely important to employers.

Criteria for grant selection

Project selection guide.

Any developmental or innovative projects that seek to solve a problem amongst the youth, provides youth empowerment or seeks to solve a rural community problem would be considered. However, below is just a guide to help you think in the development of your project idea and proposal:

  1. The project should seek to address a problem in a rural community
  2. Community leaders and members should be involved in a participatory manner
  3. Project should be self sustainable and innovative
  4. The funds cannot be used to pay staff salary but should go directly towards the projects implementation
  5. The project should not be gender discriminatory
  6. Project should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic  and Time-bound)
  7. The funds could be applied to complete an ongoing community project.
  8. Project should be completed within 3-4months.
  9. Project should cost between 1000 – 2000 Ghana Cedis

Applicants:

We encourage individuals and groups to apply. And the applicants should meet any of the below criteria to qualify for the grant:

  1. Individual applicants should be a member of Patriots Ghana in any of our University Chapters or a member of an organisation that has an affiliation with Patriots Ghana.
  2. If the applicant does not meet above, he/she can contact any of the Patriots Ghana University chapters and collaborate with them for this project to ensure project monitoring and effective background check of the applicant(s).
  3. The Lead applicant should have a previous volunteer experience with any organisation such as clubs, NGOs, Campus organisations etc
  4. Applicant(s) should be a Ghanaian between the ages of 16years and 30years.
  5. Groups are encouraged to apply
  6. Applicants must provide 2 references during their application

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. The lead applicant or group should submit a letter of interest (LOI) not more than 2 pages. (The LOI should contain summary of project idea and outcome, estimated budget, location of project and duration)
  2. The lead applicant should include his/her CV with at least 2 references when submitting a letter of interest.

Deadlines:

Submit Letter of Interest (LOI) to team@patriotsghana.org  by  April 30, 2015 before 11:30pm GMT

Selected Applicants would be notified by May 15, 2015.

Selected applicants for the first phase of the project would have to submit detailed project proposal and budget to team@patriotsghana.org by 31st May, 2015.

NB: Feel free to contact us by email if you need more details concerning the above selection criteria.

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