Award Winning Nonprofit Reports On Results
In early 2013, the Your Mark on the World Center, with support from an anonymous benefactor, awarded two prizes to small nonprofit organizations. The Senase Project was one of the winning nonprofits.
Founder Chris Toone reports on how the school project in Ghana has been completed:
Originally our organization began after studying abroad for four months and seeing the world. During our trip to Ghana, we found our way to the small rural village of Senase, where the people welcomed us with open arms. While here, we traveled to the village of Akatim for the school day where we found not only a lack of a school building, but also a lack of hope. This trip is what ultimately created The Senase Project.
I recently returned from a trip to Ghana in April after the school was commissioned and handed over to the village of Akatim on April 14th, 2014. During this trip we met with community leaders, teachers, and members of Government including the representative for Ghanaian Parliament and the Municipal Chief Executive Officer to discuss about ways to keep the school sustainable.
During this trip we also met with Ghana Health Services to start collaborations on a medical clinic in the village of Senase. Parliament recently released funds to rennovate a building in the village, so a four treatment room clinic is well underway. We are figuring out ways to provide the clinic with equipment needed in order to operate efficiently. The clinic will allow accessibile basic care such as outpaitent care, prenatal and midwife care, as well as outpatient care and other general medical needs.
On Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern, Chris will join me for a live update on the project, to share stories of the process and otherwise report on their success. Tune in here then.
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More about the Senase Project:
The Senase Project is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that strives to eradicate poverty through community development. Through strategic partnerships with all levels of Government, from the community leaders to members of Parliament, we support projects that otherwise would not be financially possible. Our goal is to empower the people to help themselves and develop their communities. Building a school in a rural village will not necessarily, eradicate power, but it will provide the community with the gift of education in order to help their own people. We pride ourselves on the concept of Ubuntu, which translates to I am, because we are. We truly believe that in order to benefit the people as a whole, we must work directly with those in need. We have just recently finished a seven classroom primary school in the village of Akatim, Ghana, and are working closely with Ghana Health Services to find ways to contribute to a medical clinic in the village of Senase, Ghana.
I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, however I graduated from Ithaca College in 2013 with a degree in Athletic Training, and I am now pursuing my Masters in sports medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I’ve grown up volunteering and I’ve known for a while that I’ve wanted to be a part of something special. For me, being a co-founder and current CEO of The Senase Project was just what I was looking for. After having the opportunity to travel the world for four months I realized just how interconnected everyone is, how there is so much wrong with the world, but also what is right with it and how easy it is to make an impact. All of that and more inspired me to team up with my peers to form what is now known as The Senase Project. Although we are a 100% volunteer organization, I’m incredibly fortunate to be working alongside of such dedicated individuals day in and day out.
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