Monday, July 6, 2015


Hello, my name is Charlotte and I am the Team Leader for the Yumba Project. This is my first time visiting Ghana, and my first time in Africa, and I am so very grateful to be able to be here for 6 months! Back in the UK, away from the sunshine, I live in London, however I am originally from the North West of England. For the last 2 years I have been lucky enough to work for two international NGOs working on a range on different issues both local and global, such as youth empowerment, anti-prejudice, and human rights. This experience motivated me to apply for the ICS programme, so that I can learn more about international development experience a new culture and hopefully make a tangible difference to the lives of others. As someone who is very passionate about minority rights and anti-discrimination, I am thrilled to be working on the Yumba project. Over the remaining weeks on the project we will be raising awareness around intellectual disabilities in the community, developing resources for Yumba Special School and organising various training workshops for teachers. For me the ICS programme gives me the opportunity to learn about so many new things and meet so many new people. I hope to leave the programme knowing that our team have made a lasting impact, and with the strength of this team, I know we will!

"Use the skills that I have got. Do not focus on what I have not"

Hello, my name is Jodie and I am from Redditch in the UK. I have just finished my final year at University of Worcester studying Business, Marketing and Advertising. I have always had a passion for helping others which is why the ICS program is perfect for me. Throughout my time in Ghana, I hope to gain more experience of learning and intellectual disabilities as well as disability rights which is something I hope to continue working with when I return to the UK. This is my first time in African but I already know it wont be my last!

"If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will go its whole life thinking that it is stupid"

Hello, I’m Abraham and I am from Accra in Ghana. I have just finished my final year studying Business Administration (Marketing major) at University of Ghana. I joined the ICS program because throughout my life I have always been guided by one principle and it’s a quote by Napoleon Hill which says, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way”. I believe my involvement in the ICS program is my way of giving back to society in a small manner but in a great way. Aside giving back to society, I in turn also hope to learn a lot from people from diverse backgrounds.  

"Inability is not disability"

Hi, I’m Daniel and I live in Liverpool in the UK. I am currently half way through an apprenticeship in engineering. I joined the ICS program as I want to make a positive impact for communities living in poverty. I hope to gain an insight into international development and this could potentially open up new career paths for my future.

"The only limits we have are the ones we set ourselves"

Hi, I’m Mathias and I live in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. I have just completed my degree at University of Ghana in 2015 offering Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with Adult Education. I joined the ICS programme because I have desire to make a change in people’s lives and I think making people conscious or aware of something they don’t know will go a long way to create change in them and their environment as well as influence their attitude towards issues and challenges. The ICS programme has really broadened my mind in different fields and working on the YUMBA Project has kept me more informed about intellectual disability. I hope to gain more experience in programme development, public speaking, team working skills and also to learn new skills.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"

Hello I am Eva from the Ashanti region but I live in Accra in Ghana. I studied Nutrition at the University for Development Studies. I joined the ICS program to gain new skills and ideas, I have a passion and desire to help people in need so being on the Yumba team is very great.

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone"

My name is Princess Briggs, I am from the UK.  I am currently studying at the University of East London.  I have always wanted to make a difference in people lives and my course involves an aspect of Development study; ICS is a great opportunity towards my career and my passion for helping people.  I hope to gain a wide range of knowledge working in a developing country.

"There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person more"

Hi my name is SinĂ©ad Healy. I was born in Royal Leamington Spa, UK but now reside in Cork, Ireland. Prior to ICS I graduated from Liverpool John Moores with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and was working as a Mencap Support Worker for Adults with Learning Disabilities. In September I am to pursue my PGCE in order to become a Qualified Primary School Teacher. I love being positive, I love helping others and I love making a difference so I thought ICS was the ideal programme for me!  From the ICS experience I hope to make a meaningful contribution in developing communities to empower people to overcome barriers they may face. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the Yumba Project, standing up for the rights of children with disabilities. It's something that I am so passionate about!

"As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person"

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