Why I’m Part of This Mission

Kirby A. Manager, Ph.D

Joe and I started brainstorming on things we could do to help our communities in Ghana and other sub-Saharan African countries about two years ago. At that time, I did not know our live stories are very similar.

For me, what I remember sadly is that during my primary school days, my family and I lived in a village about 15 miles from Techiman in Ghana. The nearest school was 4 miles away.  I walked to school every day, that’s 8 miles a day, sometimes through the rain. Anytime we went to town and I saw kids that had schools in their neighborhoods and did not have to go through what I and my little brother were going through, I asked why some kids were so lucky. Today, I consider myself blessed that I was able to come out from such a situation to be where I am. I go home often and I see kids still going through similar problems that existed during those days when I was a kid. Some kids do not have to walk 8 miles to school like I did; others have to, but the majority face diverse challenges.

 

While at University of Ghana, I wrote my final examination at the University Hospital. I was broken down by malaria and shivering likes a fish that had just come out of water. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t want to defer my graduation either so decided to write my examination at the hospital.  I relied on several bottles of the energy drink Lucozade to give me some spirit to write the examination while on the hospital bed. I wrote the exam and passed and proceeded to get a masters and a PhD.

 

The majority of the children will not have their stories end this way, even though they may be smarter than I was. This hurts.

 

It’s for this reason that I joined with the volunteers that you will find on this website to form the non-profit organization called Give Back Africa Foundation. I invite you learn about our mission and goals and the many ways you can get involved.

 

We cannot solve all the problems in Africa but with one child at a time, one family at a time and one community at a time, we can make a difference

Please, if you know of individuals or organizations that might be able to support GBAF, recommend us to them or contact our board at promotions@givebackafrica.org to discuss such contacts.

 

Thank you very much for your time and support.

Foundation for the Under-privileged